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Postgraduate Course: MSc Dissertation $ Diaspora and Migration History (PGHC11305)

Course Outline
School School of History, Classics and Archaeology College College of Humanities and Social Science
Course type Dissertation Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits 60
Home subject area Postgraduate (School of History and Classics) Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description The final stage of the programme, the dissertation of 15,000 words, serves as a forum for the candidate to demonstrate their progress in the programme. All students will undertake a 15,000 words dissertation on a topic agreed with the supervisor/s, to be submitted by a date specified in the University Regulations. The dissertation is an extended piece of scholarship in which a student is expected to formulate and sustain a substantive piece of research within the field of Diaspora and Migration History. The dissertation is expected to engage critically and analytically with the literature in the field, building upon relevant concepts and theory covered in the taught element of the degree and deploying a range of primary and secondary sources as well as appropriate data-analytic and bibliographic skills. Each student will be allocated two research supervisors from the start of the academic year.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Block 5 (sem 2), Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class First class information not currently available
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The Dissertation exercise binds the different elements of the programme together while exploring candidates' abilities to undertake original research, and to make a sustained argument, in their chosen field of study.

The dissertation provides students with the ability:
-To formulate and implement a plan of research.
-To formulate hypotheses relating to the student's research subject and to test them by marshalling a range of primary and secondary evidence.
-To locate a specific thesis within its broader historiography.
-To reflect critically on the processes and methods involved in research and writing.
-To construct and pursue a coherent historical argument based on the hypotheses which have been formulated and tested by reference to primary and secondary source material.
-To locate an argument - whether verbal or written - within a broader intellectual context and to evaluate its implications from that more general perspective.
-To conceive and pursue to its conclusion a coherent argument founded on evidence provided by the sources at the student's disposal.
-To undertake a sustained independent research project, and to complete it within a strict time limit.
-To write clear, accurate, precise and concise prose.
Assessment Information
One dissertation of 15,000 words.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
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Contacts
Course organiser Dr Enda Delaney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3755
Email: enda.delaney@ed.ac.uk
Course secretary Mrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
Email: Lindsay.Scott@ed.ac.uk
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