HST6803: Directed Reading

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15 credits (Semester: Autumn or Spring depending tutor availability)

Module Summary

This module is available to students on the MA in Historical Research, to develop skills or subject knowledge on an area not otherwise addressed in the taught MA modules on offer that academic year.

It allows you to pursue individual study at an advanced level in the area in which you intend to specialise in future doctoral research. It allows you the opportunity to work with a member of staff (usually your prospective doctoral supervisor) in developing relevant skills or your familiarity with a particular body of material, historiography, or theoretical literature.

If you are interested in taking this module, you should discuss your options with the MA Director.

Module aims

This module aims to offer you the opportunity to develop your individual academic interests to an advanced level in preparation for embarking on doctoral research.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An in-depth knowledge and understanding of your particular field of study, as defined by you and your supervisor, informed by current scholarship and research, including a critical awareness of current issues and developments in the subject;
  2. An ability to discuss your chosen topic in fluent, scholarly written work, demonstrating your knowledge of and critical engagement with the relevant literature in that area;
  3. An ability to evaluate the existing advanced scholarship in the chosen area, and to articulate a cogent scholarly appraisal of that material in formal academic prose.


Learning hours
Tutorial hours Independent Learning
8 142

You will meet with a designated member of staff appropriate to your area of interest for tutorials, and will follow a programme of guided reading, with opportunities for focused discussion of the reading and the development of the topic (Learning Outcomes 1 & 3). During independent study, you will prepare work for these tutorials, developing your knowledge and understanding of the topic (LOs 1, 2 & 3).



Assessment methods
Assessment % of final mark Length
Coursework 100% 4000 words

You will submit one assignment, on a topic agreed with your supervisor. This will take the form of a 4000 word essay, contributing 100% of the mark. The essay should demonstrate engagement with the directed reading and the development of an independent critical response to this (LOs 1, 2 & 3).



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