Master of Science by Coursework in English Local History

Differences from 2021/22 to 2023/24

1. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in English Local History. The course is available on a part-time basis only over a period of six terms.

2. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

  • (a) A qualifying test consisting of satisfactory completion of a course on Concepts and Methods: an introduction to research into local history;

  • (b) Skills for local history: one written assignment of no more than 3,000 words in length for each of two courses from the list below:

    • (1) Sources, Methods and Foundations in Medieval Local History

      (2) Sources, Methods and Foundations in Early Modern Local History

      (3) Sources, Methods and Foundations in Modern Local History

  • (c) Advanced papers

    • Two written assignments for each of two papers, each assignment to be of not more than 5,000 words.

    • Papers taken are to be chosen from a list in the handbook to be published by the first week of Michaelmas Term each year. Not all options may be available every year. Other papers may be offered subject to the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee of the History Faculty Board and the examiners.

  • (d) Dissertation

    • A dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, on a topic selected by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor and approved by any two of the examiners. 

Assignments under a), b) and c) shall be submitted via the University approved online assessment platform for consideration by the examiners by such dates as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates. The dissertation must be uploaded to the University approved online assessment platform in a digital format as prescribed in the course handbook not later than noon on the last Monday in September of the second year of the course.

  • 3. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination by the examiners.

  • 4. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in any part or parts of the examination may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts which they have failed on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the initial failure.