History Special Dissertation (V1363)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

You'll look at a historical problem in depth. You will:

  • set your own research project and its questions
  • resolve those questions by studying a module on designing a research outline
  • carry out research using primary historical sources
  • develop the skills to write an extended piece of written work based on this (usually archival) research.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 276 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: