Teaching, learning and assessment methods
Teaching and learning
This programme is taught via a range of methods. The bulk of tuition for the MA will be delivered online and by phone or email support. This means you will submit assignments and receive tutor feedback electronically and have opportunities to participate in online forums and online learning events. In addition, there will be face-to-face day schools during the course of the MA.
In part 1 (A883), all core teaching materials including the teaching texts and activities will be delivered online via the module website, which will also host additional materials and a range of learning support tools. You will be expected to work your way through the teaching text, activities and additional materials with help from a study planner, which outlines your weekly tasks. You will be assigned a tutor and become a member of a tutor group.
Part 2 (A884) focuses on the planning, production and presentation of a dissertation on a defined and typically highly specialised topic. Six units of teaching material at the outset of the module will focus on supporting you in selecting a dissertation topic and developing a viable research proposal. Through the use of bespoke teaching texts, learning activities, and a range of online learning support tools you will be taught the skills needed to plan and complete a substantial piece of historical research and writing. The online study planner will guide and support you through this process. The remainder of your time on the module to will be used to independently complete a dissertation.
When studying A884 you will also be allocated a tutor. Your tutor will actively support you in selecting a dissertation topic and, alongside the teaching materials, forums and online learning events will help you to acquire the skills needed to adequately plan and complete a specialist dissertation. During the preparation of the dissertation, the tutor will function as a research supervisor, with whom you will be encouraged to communicate on a regular basis. You are expected to direct your own learning by carrying out independent research. If you encounter obstacles, you can contact your tutor directly, or raise issues within online module forums. Due to the independent nature of study at this level, module forums function largely for queries and general support.
Both modules have day schools at which you can meet other students and benefit from sessions delivered by the module team and tutors, specialist advice and guidance.
This programme is assessed primarily through written essays. For part 1 (A883), there are three tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and one end-of-module assessment (EMA). The TMAs and EMA are designed to encourage you to engage with the module content. They are also designed to help you to develop the skills of essay writing, engagement with historical arguments, use of primary sources and independent research.
Part 2 (A884), which focuses on the selection, planning, production and presentation of a specialist dissertation is assessed through the submission of three TMAs and the completion of one EMA. The first TMA will require you to produce a research proposal for your dissertation, including an outline of your chosen topic, an initial literature review, an outline of your methodology, and a plan for conducting your research durig the independent research phase of the module. The two remaining TMAs, provide an opportunity for you to submit draft chapters to your tutor and to receive critical feedback. The EMA is the final dissertation.