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HI4999   Honours Dissertation in History

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Full 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:

Relationship to other modules

Anti-requisite(s): In taking this module you cannot take HI4997 or take HI4998 or take ME4998 or take 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.

Scheduled learning hours: 8

Guided independent study hours: 292

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Dissertation = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: 5,000-word essay (it can be on the same general subject as the original project, but not addressing the same question)