Honour School of History and English

A

  • 1. The Honour School of History and English shall be under the joint supervision of the Boards of the Faculties of History and English Language and Literature and shall consist of such subjects as they shall jointly by regulation prescribe. The boards shall establish a joint committee consisting of three representatives of each faculty, of whom at least one of each side shall be a member of the respective faculty board, to advise them as necessary in respect of the Honour School and of the Preliminary Examination in History and English.

  • 2. No candidate shall be admitted to the examination in this school unless he or she has either passed or been exempted from the First Public Examination.

  • 3. The Chairs of Examiners for the Honour School of History and for the Honour School of English Language and Literature shall consult together and designate such of their number as may be required for the examination for the Honour School of History and English, whereupon the number of examiners shall be deemed to be complete.

B

Each candidate shall offer seven subjects as set out below. The subjects will be examined by written examinations of three hours’ duration, unless otherwise specified.

1. Submitted work

  • (a) Candidates should note that no more than[For students starting before MT 2017: four] [For students starting from MT 2017: five ]out of the total of seven Final Honour School papers can be examined by submission. Candidates should also note that some English and History papers are examined only by submission and should bear this restriction in mind when making their choices.

  • (b) Two typed copies of each extended essay or portfolio must be delivered by hand to the relevant Chair of Examiners, Examination Schools, High Street, according to the deadlines specified in the regulations for each subject. It is additionally strongly recommended that the candidate keep a third copy of his or her submission. A certificate signed by the candidate to the effect that each extended essay or portfolio is the candidate's own work, and that the candidate has read the History Faculty and English Language and Literature Faculty guidelines on plagiarism, must be presented together with each submission (see (d) below). Certificates will be circulated to candidates for completion by the History Faculty Office and the English Faculty Office.

  • (c) Every submission must be the work of the candidate alone, and he or she may not discuss with any tutor either his or her choice of content or the method of handling it after the last date indicated in the regulations for each subject.

  • (d) Essays previously submitted for the Honour School of History and English may be re-submitted. No essay will be accepted if it has already been submitted, wholly or substantially, for a final honour school or other degree of this University, or degree of any other institution.

  • (e) Essays may be penalised that are deemed to be either too short or of excessive length in relation to the word limits specified in the regulations for each subject.

2. History and English papers

  • (i) One compulsory interdisciplinary bridge paper, which shall be examined by an extended essay of between 5,000 and 6,000 words, including footnotes and notes but excluding bibliography. The list of topics for this paper shall be published to candidates by the beginning of the first week of the Michaelmas Term in the year preceding the final examination, and shall be available thereafter from the English Faculty Office and the History Faculty Office.

    Candidates must obtain written approval from the Chair of Examiners for the Honour School of History and English for the proposed essay title, not later than Friday of the eighth week of the Hilary Term in the year preceding the final examination.

    The candidate must deliver two typed copies of the bridge paper essay by hand to the Chair of Examiners for the Joint School of History and English, at the Examination Schools, High Street, by noon on [For students starting before MT 2017: Thursday of the eighth week] [For students starting from MT 2017: Friday of the first week ]of the Trinity Term in the final year preceding the final examination. A certificate, signed by the candidate to the effect that each essay is the candidate’s own work, and that the candidate has read the History Faculty and English Language and Literature Faculty guidelines on plagiarism, must be presented together with the submission (see the introductory regulations for ‘submitted work’ for the Honour School of History and English).

  • [For students starting before MT 2017: (ii) One period of British History not taken in the First Public Examination (as specified in the regulations for History).

  • (iii) and (iv) Two subjects chosen from subjects 1 to 6 of Course I or two subjects chosen from subjects 1 to 6 of Course II of the Honour School of English Language and Literature (as specified in the regulations for the Honour School of English Language and Literature).

  • (v) and (vi) Two subjects from the Honour School of History, consisting of either (a) Special Subject (which comprises a three hour paper and an extended essay, constituting two papers), or (b) Two of the following:

    • 1. One General History paper from the Honour School of History;

    • 2. One Further Subject from the Honour School of History;

    • 3. One additional British History period not taken in the First Public Examination;

    • 4. One additional subject chosen from papers 1 to 6 of Course I or Course II of the Honour School of English Language and Literature. Candidates must offer all Course I or all Course II English subjects.]

  • [For students starting from MT 2017: (ii) One Outline or Theme paper in the History of the British Isles. No candidate may offer a period similar to one offered when passing the Preliminary Examination.
 Illegal combinations will be specified by the Board.

    (iii) and (iv) Two subjects chosen from subjects 1 to 6 of Course I or two subjects chosen from subjects 1 to 3 and 5 to 6 of Course II of the Honour School of English Language and Literature (as specified in the regulations for the Honour School of English Language and Literature).

    (v) and (vi) Two additional subjects, consisting of either:

    • (a) Special Subject from the Honour School of History (which comprises a three hour paper and an extended essay, constituting two papers), or

      (b) Two of the following:

      • 1. One paper in European & World History from the Honour School of History;

        2. One Further Subject from the Honour School of History;

        3. One additional subject chosen from papers 1 to 6 of Course I or Course II of the Honour School of English Language and Literature, except paper 4 of Course II. Candidates must offer all Course I or all Course II English subjects, with the exception of paper 6 Special Options, for which any subject is permitted.]

  • See the regulations for History and for English Language and Literature. The individual detailed specifications and prescribed texts for the Further and Special Subjects as specified for the Honour School of History will be given in the Handbook for the Honour School of History. This will be published by the History Board by Monday of Week 1 of the first Michaelmas Full Term of candidates' work for the Honour School.

    [For students starting before MT 2018: Depending on the availability of teaching resources, not all Further and Special Subjects will be available to all candidates in every year. Candidates may obtain details of the choice of Further and Special Subjects available for the following year by consulting the supplement to the Handbook for the Honour School of History. This will be issued by the beginning of the fourth week of the first Hilary Full Term of candidates' work for the Honour School and will contain full specifications and prescribed texts for any Further or Special Subjects specified for History introduced for the following year, and any amendments to the specifications and prescribed texts of existing Further and Special Subjects approved by the History Board.]

  • [For students starting from MT 2018: The lists of Further and Special Subjects and of Outline and Theme papers in the History of the British Isles and European & World History available for the following year will be published by the History Faculty Board in fourth week of the Hilary Term prior to candidates beginning their studies for the Honour School.]

  • (vii) One compulsory interdisciplinary dissertation, which shall be examined by an extended essay of not more than 10,000 words, including notes and source material but excluding bibliography.

    Candidates must submit to the Chair of Examiners for the Joint School of History and English, care of the History Faculty Office, not later than 5pm on Friday of the sixth week of the Michaelmas Term preceding the examination, a title and abstract of not more than 200 words detailing the proposed dissertation topic.

    The candidate must deliver two typed copies of the dissertation by hand to the Chair of Examiners for the Joint School of History and English, at the Examination Schools, High Street, by noon on Thursday of the eighth week of the Hilary Term preceding the examination. A certificate, signed by the candidate to the effect that each essay is the candidate’s own work, and that the candidate has read the History Faculty and English Language and Literature Faculty guidelines on plagiarism, must be presented together with the submission (see the introductory regulations for ‘submitted work’ for the Honour School of History and English).