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Master of Studies in Global and Imperial History

The regulations of the Board of the Faculty of History are as follows:

  • 1. Candidates for this degree must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction and directed research and must, upon entering the examination, produce from their society a certificate to that effect.

  • 2. Candidates must attend such lectures, seminars and classes as their supervisor shall determine, in addition to the formally examined programme elements described below.

  • 3. The final examination shall comprise (i) one extended essay of 4,000-5,000 words based on the programme's Concepts and Themes course, (ii) one extended essays of between 6,500 and 7,500 words each based on an Advanced Option, and (iii) a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

    • I. During Michaelmas Term each candidate will attend core classes on concepts and themes in global and imperial history from CE 1400. The core classes will be assessed by an extended essay of between 4,000 and 5,000 words, which must be uploaded to the University approved online assessment platform by 12 noon on Monday of Week One of Hilary Term.

    • In Hilary Term candidates will take one Advanced Option. Details of available Advanced Options are published in the course handbook. Approval of an Advanced Option choice must be obtained from the programme convenor and the Director of Graduate Studies by Friday of Week 4 of Michaelmas Term. The Advanced Option essay must be uploaded to the University approved online assessment platform by 12 noon on Monday of Week 9 of Hilary Term. The essay should reflect the skills and understanding acquired by the candidate through attending the Advanced Option classes. It may compliment – but may not share significant content with – the dissertation.

    • II. Each candidate must submit a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on a topic, to be negotiated with the supervisor, in the candidate's chosen subject area. The dissertation must include a short abstract which concisely summarises in about 300 words its scope and principal arguments.

    • The dissertation must be uploaded to the University approved online assessment platform by 12 noon on Monday of Week Nine of Trinity Term. Material submitted under (i) and (ii) may be summarised or further developed in the dissertation, but no significant part of the dissertation should reproduce or paraphrase other work submitted for examination. Each submission will require the candidate to make a declaration that it is their own work.

  • 4. A candidate who fails one component of the examination will be permitted to retake it on one further occasion only, not later than one year after the initial attempt.