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, 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.

  • 3. The final examination shall comprise (i) one extended essay of 3,000-5,000 words based on the programme's theory component, plus one annotated bibliography and one dissertation proposal, (ii) two extended essays of 4,000-5,000 words each based on an Advanced Option, and (iii) a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

    • I. The programme has three streams, providing the following distinct Advanced Options:

      • (i) Imperial History : Empires in Global History[For students starting before MT 2018:  1750-2000] [For students starting from MT 2018: 1400-2000];

      • (ii) South Asian History : paper t.b.c.;

      • (iii) East Asian History : history and historiography of modern China.

    • During Michaelmas Term each candidate will attend core classes on concepts and themes in global and imperial history.  The core classes will be assessed by an extended essay of between 3,000 and 5,000 words, and by an annotated bibliography and a dissertation proposal of between 800 and 1,000 words.

    • The two essays must be uploaded to the Assignments section of the Global and Imperial History WebLearn site by 12 noon on Monday of Week Nine of Hilary Term. The essays should reflect the skills and understanding acquired by the candidate through attending the Advanced Option classes. One of the essays may complement—but must not share significant content with—the dissertation, and the essays are also expected to be distinct from each other in period or issues covered.  Each submission will require the candidate to make a declaration indicating that it is their own work.

    • II. Each candidate must submit a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on a topic 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 Assignments section of the Global and Imperial History WebLearn site by 12 noon on Monday of Week Nine of Trinity Term and accompanied by a declaration that it is the candidate's own work. Material submitted under I and II may be summarised or substantially further developed in the dissertation, but no significant part of the dissertation should reproduce or paraphrase other work submitted for examination.

    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.