|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||Individual supervision by the designated dissertation supervisor as required.|
|Other||Researching and writing the dissertation: 600 hours|
|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|
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
The dissertation is the final element in the Department’s MA History of Wales programme. Its aim is to assess the student’s 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.
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’s 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.
|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.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7