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Unit information: Dissertation in 2022/23

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Unit name Dissertation
Unit code HART31047
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Dent
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of History of Art (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts


The Dissertation is an exercise in extended independent research. Students are required to identify their own research topic, formulate the particular research questions to be addressed, identify the main primary sources to be used, set the research questions in the context of the issues arising from the secondary literature, and execute a scholarly and analytical text to high scholarly standards consistent with this level of study.


The unit enables students to identify an issue which interests them and follow that interest through independently into a substantial research project.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit successful students will be able to demonstrate:

  • a deep understanding of a chosen subject
  • the ability to produce an extended piece of historical analysis in accordance with high scholarly standards
  • advanced proficiency in identifying and in forming their own questions
  • advanced bibliographical skills
  • the ability to work with primary sources, demonstrating an awareness of the provenance and nature of those sources and how to draw reasoned and considered conclusions from them
  • the ability to work almost entirely independently in producing an extended piece of research.

Teaching details

Sessions will involve a combination of long- and short-form lectures, discussion, investigative activities, and practical activities. This will be further supported with one-to-one tuition with the designated dissertation supervisor.

Assessment Details

5,000 word project (including footnotes)


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