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Research Skills for Historians


  • Credit value: 0 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor: Dr Carmen Mangion
  • Assessment: a 500-word dissertation proposal (100%)

Module description

This module is designed to give you the necessary research and bibliographic skills to undertake and complete the MA dissertation.

You will be taught how to compile a bibliography, define your research area, use sources (archival or non-archival, published and/or online) relevant to your research area and craft a proposal for a viable dissertation topic.

Indicative syllabus

  • Planning your dissertation
  • Selecting a dissertation topic
  • Digital history
  • Practices of note-taking, reading, researching
  • Introduction to archives
  • Accessible primary texts
  • Visual and material culture
  • Research methods
  • Oral history
  • Discussion of dissertation proposals

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • extend your analytical, evaluative, critical and reflective capacities by identifying, evaluating and critiquing existing scholarship in the field
  • demonstrate a general understanding of the appropriate methodologies and techniques for study in your field
  • demonstrate a broad and systematic knowledge for planning your dissertation.