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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Economic and Social History Dissertation (MSc by Research) (PGHC11565)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryAll students will undertake a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic, normally related to the Survey and Specialist/Supervised Reading Courses undertaken in Semesters 1 and 2, to be submitted by a date specified in the University Regulations.
Course description The dissertation is an extended piece of scholarship in which a student is expected to formulate and sustain a substantive piece of research in economic and social 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.
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 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
15,000 word dissertation (100%)

The dissertation will be assessed by two internal examiners. For the award of the MSc by Research, a mark of 50% or above on the dissertation is required in addition to an average of 50% or more from all other assessed work.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Test the ability of students to undertake a sustained piece of supervised but independent work within the discipline of economic and social history which displays the research skills, training and knowledge acquired in the previous coursework.
  2. Test the ability of students to demonstrate an ability to engage critically and analytically with the literature in the field of their specialist interest.
  3. Develop and test the ability of students to employ relevant social science concepts and theories in formulating a thesis.
  4. Test the ability of students to identify and explore a body of primary sources as the basis of sustaining a historical thesis and to display an awareness of the interaction between historical sources and interpretation.
  5. Examine the ability of students to manage the conduct, presentation, and timing of an independent research project, employing appropriate data-analytical and bibliographic skills.
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Course organiser Course secretaryMr George Bottrell-Campbell
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