Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Code HIST394
Coordinator Dr GJ Milne
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15


To give students the opportunity to carry out and successfully deliver independent study at an advanced level;

To draw on and extend the skills and knowledge of relevant historical, historiographical and theoretical debates, issues and materials acquired during the first five semesters of the programme.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon primary sources.

(LO2) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

(LO3) An ability to design, research and present a sustained and independently-conceived piece of historical writing.

(S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

(S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion

(S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

(S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

(S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression



The Research Essay is an independent research project, and as such is guided and supervised rather than taught. Contact hours are therefore focused on group and individual meetings designed to cultivate and encourage the necessary independence of mind and autonomous working.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method 1 - lecture.
The module has an initial briefing lecture that sets out the aims and administrative processes of the module. It also offers an overview of good practice in time-management and organisations, talking students in detail through the milestones and deadlines associated with the research essay. The aim is to address a core set of questions, freeing up workshop and supervision time for more advanced discussion.

Teaching method 2 - workshop.
Workshop classes bring together all members of a tutor’s supervision group to compare experiences and develop a common sense of the demands of the research process. This is an efficient and constructive way of inculcating research and writing approaches that need to be common to all projects regardless of the detailed subject matter. It is also an opportunity for students to informally learn from each other, and support each other as independent learners who are nevertheless part of a subject communit y.

Teaching method 3 - tutorial.
These individual tutorials focus on addressing subject-specific issues arising from individual research projects that are too detailed for discussion in the class workshops. Much of their focus will be on discussing feedback on an outline and draft, given that more generic issues will be dealt with in the workshops.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 1



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 144


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Research Essay. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is not an anonymous assessment.  -4000 words    100       

Recommended Texts

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