Dissertation Marks

The objectives of writing a dissertation are to allow a student to demonstrate the ability 2018-2019 Dissertation Topics You are asked to nominate your 3 best choices to the Postgraduate Support Officer (email: [email protected]).MSc students can contact and visit members of staff whose topic they are interested in.

You should also refer to the History Department style guide.

The MSc dissertation is worth 60 credit points and is compulsory for MSc candidates.

For further guidance please refer to the History dissertation handbook.

This booklet is intended to supplement the very important specific advice given by your dissertation supervisor and any classroom guidance on dissertation work provided by individual programmes.

You should note that many supervisors have their own research, conferences and other commitments, including dissertation supervision of students during the period from June to September, and are therefore not usually available for the whole of this period.

Your meetings/contact with the supervisor will therefore need to be scheduled keeping the supervisor’s availability in view.

Candidates for the MSc are required to write a dissertation on a relevant subject approved by the Course Co-ordinator.

An average mark of at least 50% in exams is required in order to proceed to dissertation.

Make sure that you reference clearly all sources of literature and internet that you have used. The standard of English, style and overall presentation of the dissertation is your responsibility. Role of the dissertation supervisor The supervisor’s main concerns will be to advise on the identification and refinement of a suitable topic and provide some references to the general methodology to be used to assist you to identify deficiencies in your work, comment on presentation, findings and reporting of the conclusions.

You should not expect your supervisor to read every word in your drafts nor to provide detailed and comprehensive comments on each chapter.

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