Module Preferences FAQs


Q. I have a question that isn't answered here or in the powerpoints from last week.

A. Please send an email to and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.


Q. Can I take a Level 1 course as a Level 2 or Level 3 student?

A. Unfortunately university regulations usually prohibit this, even if the course is taken outside the History Department.


Q. I am a language dualist or I am going on my year abroad/year in employment next year. Do I have to pick my modules now?

A. No, you will be contacted this time next year, whilst on your year abroad, with details of Level 3 module selection.


Q. I am a Level 1 dualist. Can I take my unrestricted 20 credits from history in my other department; i.e. end up with 40 credits in history and 80 credits in Politics?

A. Yes, you should select the 'unrestricted module' on the form and seek approval from the other department you wish to take the module with.


Q. I am a Level 1 dualist. Can I take my unrestricted 20 credits from my other department in history; i.e. end up with 80 credits in history and 40 in Politics?

A. You should check with your dual department to ensure they allow you to take fewer than 60 credits at Level 2.


Q. If I have a problem with my allocations after they have been published, what should I do?

A. Contact the department as soon as possible


Q. When am I fully registered with the university to proceed to the next level?

A. Once the process of choosing modules is completed, you must wait until your exam results are released on 6th July and then you can go through full university registration. You will be contacted in the summer about this registration process.


Q. What are the Dissertations?

A. There are two types of dissertation module. HST399 is a two-module (40 credit) piece of written work, involving substantial research, under the guidance of a supervisor, and normally making use of primary source material. The word-limit is 10,000 words, including footnotes, but excluding the bibliography and any appendices. Most students will write their dissertations on topics related to their special subject. HST398 is timetabled as a single module (20 credit), taken in semester 2, as a dissertation module available only to dual honours students. It involves a project of substantial research, normally making use of primary source material, and completed under the guidance of a designated supervisor. The word-limit for HST398 is 7,000 words, including footnotes, but excluding bibliography and any appendices. Most students will write their short dissertations on subjects related to either their special subjects or their comparative options.


Q. What is a Special Subject?

A. A special subject is a focused, document-based module, in which you work closely with a member of staff on their research specialism. These are taught by two two-hour seminars per week and run over both semesters in the final year, giving you the opportunity for advanced, in-depth study of a particular period or issue. They are examined by means of two three-hour examinations. The first will test the candidate’s knowledge of the documents studied; the second will be an essay paper. Both exams take place during the semester 2 examining period. Written coursework will also be required and marks recorded, although it does not count towards the assessment mark. All students will also be awarded a mark (which is recorded on their files but does not count towards their degree classification) based on their oral performance during seminars.


Q. What is a Thematic Option?

A. The Thematic Option is a 20-credit, one semester module at level 3. Thematic Options take major historical themes and explore these across a broad time-frame and in a variety of different cultural and geographic settings. Each Thematic Option is taught by a team of lecturers whose own research relates to aspects of the topic under discussion, and they are designed to involve students and the teaching staff in a dialogue about how we approach key questions in the study of past societies. The topics selected for the modules all represent areas of lively, current historiographical debate and offer opportunities to respond to interpretations and theories emerging in other disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, geography and political science. For this reason they will appeal especially to students with an interest in thinking across disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, including those studying for dual degrees. All of the Thematic Options raise issues with strong resonances in our contemporary culture. They are assessed through two pieces of coursework and oral participation. There is no examination.


Q. I am currently studying abroad. What do I need to do?

A. You will need to submit your preferences in the same manner as other students, and you should follow the emailed instructions and watch the video recording of the appropriate Module Preference meeting to find out how to do so. If you have any questions about the process you can contact You will not be treated any differently to other students on account of going abroad.


Q. What is HST3000?

A. This module explores the theory and practice of public history by providing students with the opportunity to communicate their scholarly work to an audience beyond the boundaries of our discipline. Students will work towards to articulating an aspect of their own historical interests to a non-academic audience while evaluating the use of history outside academic settings.