For students starting before MT 2018: Master of Studies in British and European History, from 1500 to the present (part-time)

[For students starting before MT 2018: The regulations of the Board of the Faculty of History are as follows:

  • 1.    Candidates for this degree must follow for at least six 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, each candidate will be expected to attend and complete in-course requirements for a series of skills and specialist options based on a schedule to be published from year to year by the Faculty's Graduate Studies Committee. The candidate's individual programme, agreed with her/his supervisor, will be subject to approval by the Director of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the programme convenor, by Friday of Week One of each year's Michaelmas Term; subsequent changes must be agreed by the Director of Graduate Studies not later than Friday of Week Three of the following Hilary Term. Class teachers will report to the Chair of Examiners on the candidate's attendance and participation, and, where appropriate, test results, not later than Monday of Week Nine of the Term in which the classes were held.

    3.    The final examination for candidates in British and European History, from 1500 to the present, shall comprise (i) one annotated bibliography and one dissertation proposal, (ii) one extended essay based on an Advanced Option submitted in year one of the programme, (iii) one extended essay based on the programme’s theory component, and (iv) a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words submitted in year two of the programme.

    • I. During the Michaelmas Term of the first year each candidate will attend a series of classes on sources and resources. The sources and resources component will be assessed by an annotated bibliography and a dissertation proposal of between 800 and 1,000 words. The annotated bibliography and dissertation proposal must be uploaded to the Assignments section of the British and European History WebLearn site by 12 noon on Monday of Week One of Hilary Term. The submission will require the candidate to make a declaration indicating that it is their own work. These elements are assessed on a pass/fail basis only, and candidates who fail one of these elements will be given the opportunity to submit a revised version in the course of their first year on the programme.

      II. In the Hilary Term of the first year candidates must choose one Advanced Option, either from the joint Advanced Options for the Master of Studies and the Master of Philosophy in British and European History, from 1500 to the present, or from the Advanced Options for one of the Faculty of History's other Master's programmes. The choice of Advanced Option will depend on the candidate's training objectives or dissertation project. Details of available Advanced Options are published on WebLearn. Approval of an Advanced Option choice from the joint Advanced Options for the Master of Studies and the Master of Philosophy in British and European History, from 1500 to the present must be obtained from the programme convenor and Director of Graduate Studies by Friday of Week Six of Michaelmas Term. Candidates wishing to take an Advanced paper from another programme offered by the History Faculty, and exceptionally, by other Faculties, may do so with the permission of the Programme Convenor, the person responsible for the delivery of the requested option/advanced paper, the candidate’s supervisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. Such candidates will be assessed according to the regulations with respect to the form of assessment and deadlines governing that option (i.e. the regulations of the programme under which the Advanced paper is offered), but the modes of assessment and deadlines for the other course elements of the programme for which the candidate is registered will remain in force. This part of the programme will be assessed by one extended essay of between 6,500 and 7,500 words. The essay must be uploaded to the Assignments section of the British and European History WebLearn site by 12 noon on Monday of Week One of the candidate's first Trinity Term. The submission of the essay will require the candidate to make a declaration indicating that it is their own work. This essay should reflect skills and understanding the candidate has developed by following the approved choice of Advanced Option paper. Teaching may not be available for all the Advanced Options each year, and restrictions may be imposed on the combination of Advanced Options that may be taken in a particular year.

      III. During the Michaelmas Term of the second year each candidate will attend core classes on historical theory and methodological approaches. The core classes will be assessed by an extended essay of between 4,000 and 5,000 words. The essay must be uploaded to the Assignments section of the British and European History WebLearn site by 12 noon on Monday of Week Two of Hilary Term in the second year. The essay should be accompanied by a declaration that it is the candidate’s own work.

      IV. Each candidate must prepare a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on a topic in his or her chosen subject area. The dissertation must include a short abstract which concisely summarises in about 300 words its scope and principal arguments. This abstract is not included in the dissertation word limit. The dissertation must be uploaded to the Assignments section of the British and European History WebLearn site by 12 noon of Monday of Week Eight of their second Trinity Term. The dissertation should be accompanied by a declaration that it is the candidate’s own work. Material submitted under I, II, and III may be complementary to the dissertation project but must not form a significant part of the dissertation itself.

  • 4.    The examiners may award a distinction to candidates who have performed with special merit in the whole examination.

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