Module Details

HR831-6-FY-CO: Independent Research Project

Year: 2016/17
Department: History
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Teaching Staff:
Contact details: Belinda Waterman, Student Administrator, 01206 872313; email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

History is actively constructed and not simply rediscovered in the records of the past. Historical research involves a process of selection and interpretation. In this process there is an active exchange between theory and empirical data. The Independent Research Project is, therefore, designed to give students a unique opportunity to explore for themselves the construction/making of history. It is a piece of detailed, critical and/or possibly original historical research. The IRP is a piece of written work, of at least 10,000 and no more than 12,000 words. Almost all History students write a project, which is submitted according to a set deadline in their final year.

In consultation with a supervisor, allocated in the second year, students will come up with a topic and set about researching and writing the project. Meetings and workshops will be held during the second and final year of your degree which will provide practical guidance on formulating a topic, researching, writing and presentation. For more details see the History website.

Learning and Teaching Methods


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Further information