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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation, Taught MSc in Contemporary History (PGHC11374)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryStudents 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 9, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 579 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
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.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDissertation MSc Contemporary History
Course organiserDr Talat Ahmed
Tel: (0131 6)50 3775
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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