Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Dissertation 2 Welsh History
Academic Year
Semester 3 (Dissertation)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment supplementary assessment  Resubmission of a failed dissertation up to a year after the original result, for a mark not above 50.  Resubmission of a failed dissertation up to a year after the original result, for a mark not above 50  100%
Supplementary Assessment semester assessment  Dissertation of 15,000 words  Dissertation of 15,000 words 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate research expertise in the particular field of study

Produce an organised piece of historical writing which demonstrates critical and analytical skills

Make a contribution to an area of historical research

Produce work to a professional academic standard in terms of referencing and presentation

Brief description

Academic rationale of the proposal:
The dissertation is the final element in the Department'r MA History of Wales programme. Its aim is to assess the student'r ability to analyse and organise a substantial body of historical material as well as present it in a sustained and convincing argument which makes a contribution to historical scholarship in a Welsh context. The students are not necessarily required to reach new conclusions, but rather to write a piece of original research which demonstrates the ability to think independently.
Brief Description:
This module involves researching and presenting the MA dissertation, a piece of independent research of up to 15,000 words, supervised by a designated member of staff.
The module content consists of the preparation and submission of the dissertation. Students are expected to complete this over the summer months, under the supervision of a member of staff. The dissertation will be a 15,000 word piece of independent historical research on a subject of the student'r choice, with guidance from the departmental staff.
Students will be required to submit their dissertations by the 30 September following their registration and period of study. Part-time students will submit by the 30 September of the following year.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Where appropriate to the project, by collecting and analysing statistical data critically.
Communication By demonstrating the ability to present a coherent argument in a piece of historical writing to an accepted academic standard, possibly including complex theories which need to be conveyed effectively to the reader.
Improving own Learning and Performance By setting realistic targets and planning how best to meet them; by engaging in critical reflection on the work; by responding positively to constructive criticism; by monitoring one’s own progress to achieve the best results.
Information Technology By making appropriate use of various finding aids, online resources and various software packages, depending on the needs of the research project.
Personal Development and Career planning By developing an awareness of personal skills, relevant to future employability prospects.
Problem solving By developing appropriate skills in terms of locating materials and organising research findings systematically and effectively. By identifying problematic issues and determining ways of addressing these within the dissertation and its organisation.
Research skills By locating and evaluating a range of primary and secondary sources of relevance to the dissertation topic and making appropriate use of these to construct and present a sustained argument.
Subject Specific Skills The ability to plan and complete a substantial historical research project relating to Welsh history, demonstrating masters’ level skills in locating and analysing a body of material in terms of primary and secondary sources and presenting independent research in written form appropriate to an academic audience.
Team work NA


This module is at CQFW Level 7