Postgraduate Course: Dissertation, Taught MSc in Contemporary History (PGHC11374)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Students will write a dissertation proposal of 1,500 - 2000 words and a dissertation of 12,000 words on a subject agreed with their supervisor. This will contribute 10% to the final mark for the dissertation. The dissertation is an extended piece of scholarship in which a student is expected to formulate and sustain an argument and to engage critically and analytically with the literature in the field, building upon relevant concepts covered in the taught element of the degree and deploying a range of primary and secondary sources. Each student will be allocated two supervisors.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 9,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The dissertation length is 15,000 words, consisting of a 1,500 - 200 word proposal worth 10% of the mark and the 12,000 dissertation itself, worth 90% of the mark. Both components will be assessed by two internal examiners and an external examiner.
|No Exam Information
| The dissertation for the taught MSc in Contemporary History 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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Dissertation MSc Contemporary History
|Course organiser||Dr Fabian Hilfrich
Tel: (0131 6)51 3236
|Course secretary||Mrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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