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HI4999 Honours Dissertation in History

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Semester:Whole Year
Availability restrictions:Available only to students in the second year of the Honours programme.
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

The dissertation must consist of between 10,000 and 12,000 words of English prose on a topic agreed between the student and an appropriate member of staff (who acts as supervisor). The topic does not have to relate to work covered in previous Honours modules, though it may be helpful to the candidate if it builds on previous work. The topic and range of sources should be chosen in consultation with the supervisor in order to determine that the student has access to sources as well as a clear plan of preparation.(Guidelines for printing and binding dissertations can be found at:

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


HI4997, HI4998, CL4999 or with permission HI4999 is compulsory for History. HI4997, HI4998, or with permission HI4999 is compulsory for Modern History, Scottish History, and BA (Intl Hons) History. HI4999 (or HI4997 or HI4998 when permitted to take ID4002 and HI4101) is compulsory for Mediaeval History, Mediaeval Studies

Optional for Middle East Studies.

UG Anti-requisite(s):HI4997, HI4998, ME4998, CL4999 or a dissertation in another subject

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:•In week 12 of Semester 1, for a preliminary organisational meeting with confirmed supervisor. •In week 0 or 1 of Semester 2, to discuss the overall progress and plan of further work, and the dissertation plan and indicative bibliography (which must be submitted by Friday of week 2). •In an informal (but compulsory) presentation of the topic and progress so far, to a staff member and between two and four other students, in week 4. •To give detailed feedback on draft material (which must be submitted by Friday of week 5). •In up to three further meetings arranged at the student's request during the semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 8
  • Guided independent study: 292

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Dissertation = 100%
UG Re-assessment:5,000-word essay (it can be on the same general subject as the original project, but not addressing the same question)


Module coordinator:Dr C McGladdery
Module teaching staff: