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Master of Studies in Historical Studies

  • 1. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in Historical Studies. The course is available on a part time basis only, to be studied over a period of three terms.

    2. Candidates for admission will be required to have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies normally not more than three terms before admission to the MSt.

    3. Every candidate shall be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • (a) A survey of secondary literature of not more than 2,500 words;

    • (b) A survey of primary sources for dissertation of not more than 2,500 words;

    • (c) A dissertation proposal of not more than 1,500 words;

    • (d) 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 3(a) to (c) shall be uploaded to the University approved online assessment platform by the dates published in the course handbook at the start of each academic year.

  • The dissertation under clause 3 (d) shall be submitted to the University approved online submission platform by noon on the Tuesday of Week 7 Trinity Term of the year in which the course is taken. The format is prescribed in the course handbook. 

    4. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in any of the assessments in 3 (a) to (d) will be permitted to resubmit on one further occasion only, not later than one year after the initial failure.

    5. A candidate who is successful in the examination for the MSt in Historical Studies shall have their Postgraduate Certificate subsumed by the Master of Studies.


Unit 1: Using Archives and Analysing Sources

Unit 2: Theoretical Approaches to History

Unit 3: Writing History