Coursework submission and deadlines
Right of appeal for re-marking
All students taking History modules have the right to request that an
assignment be re-marked in one or both of the following circumstances
- 1. If procedural/administrative error is suspected.
- 2. If your work has not been included in a sample of work moderated.
The right under 2 above can only be exercised if you have had a meeting with
the initial marker to obtain further feedback on the reason for the initial mark
and completed the
re-mark request form, including the signature of the first
marker, and submitted it to the History Department within 10 days of the
coursework being made available for you to collect. Copies of the form are also
available from the History Department Office.
More information about the policy can be found
What will I study?
explains the structure of our courses and provides
information about the compulsory modules that you will study
and the optional modules that you can choose from.
What are the aims and objectives of our
The modules aim to familiarise students with important
periods of history and to give them a foundation for the
study of modern history modules and other, more specialised
early modern history modules that they might take in
subsequent years of study.
The modules are also designed to train students in the
key skills necessary for university study, with specific
emphasis on those skills specific to the discipline of
history. By taking the modules you will be given the
opportunity to develop the following skills:
- research and information-gathering skills
- critical analysis of primary and secondary sources
- construction and communication of ideas verbally
(seminar participation) and in writing (essay-writing)
- ability to work in groups
- development of a self-reflexive approach to your
Many of these skills are also transferable to the world
of work. They are therefore valued by employers and will be
of benefit to you when applying for either temporary or
permanent jobs in future.
How will the lectures and seminars be
Full-year (FY) modules run over twenty-two weeks, AU
modules run in the Autumn Term and SP modules run in the
Spring Term. Revision sessions are held in the Summer Term.
Students must attend one or two one-hour lectures and a
one-hour seminar every week, for each module (except for
HR101 which is a weekly two-hour workshop). Lecture and
seminar times will appear on your timetable.
Students are required to prepare in advance for seminars
by completing a specified amount of designated reading
(usually a minimum of two items). They are also required to
contribute to seminar discussions. Module materials can be
found on Moodle or, in some cases, Module Reading Packs are
provided at the beginning of term.
How will I be assessed?
Coursework will comprise 50% of the final overall mark
and a written examination in the Summer Term will comprise
the other 50%. The examinations are three hours long for
full-year modules and two hours long for autumn or
spring-term only modules. The only exception to this is
HR101 History Workshop which is assessed by 100% coursework.
Before you begin your coursework you will find the
following resources on the 'Undergraduate study' tab on this
- study skills guides
- assessment criteria
- first year rules of assessment
Is there any introductory reading?
Preparatory reading lists are available for each
first-year module and can be found in the
During your first year you will take part in a number of different
activities. Each of these is supported by one of the study guides listed
in the 'Undergraduate study' tab on this page. These are intended to
help you through the coursework and enable you to participate fully in
the seminars and lectures.
The following assessment feedback sheets identify the criteria on
which your first-year assignments will be marked, along with information
on the marking scales, and the assessment checklist, which must be
completed and attached to all first-year coursework.
Most second-year students in our Department doing single or joint
honours courses research and write up a Research Project as
part of their degree. This counts as 1/8th of your overall assessment in
the final degree.
Research Project week
Week 21 of the Spring Term is Research Project Week for all second-year students.
Normal classes will not run in this week. There will be meetings to
discuss projects, where we will explain what is involved and answer any
questions that you have about the project. You will also be able to
collect a copy of the Research Project Handbook. You are expected to use this week to
make some initial progress on formulating a project topic.
It is important that all second year students on
history and joint history courses attend all meetings. If you are unable
to attend, please see the Research Project Director beforehand during office hours,
or contact her for an appointment. Make sure you receive a copy of the
Once you have submitted your Research Project Topic Form, you will be allocated
Supervisors for Second-Year Students (pdf)
Watch History: see the range of topics students from 2016
researched for their Independent Research Project
Submitting your IRP
(.pdf) contains details of submission deadlines, hints on project
writing, including presentation, and information on sources. If you did
not collect a copy of the booklet at the second-year meeting, please see
Belinda Waterman, 5NW.7.14.
You will be required to complete an IRP
Declaration Form. Copies are available in the History Office.
Final submission deadlines
The deadline for all students taking
HR831-6-FY Indpendent Research Project
Monday 3 April 2017.
If you spent your Autumn Term abroad on a Study
Abroad Exchange Programme, you must submit your project on the first day
of the Summer Term (Monday 24 April 2017).
Two copies of the IRP are to be submitted to the Department Office,
not online. The copies need therefore to be submitted on the day of the
deadline, not within 24 hours, as is the case with coursework submitted
online. This applies to all students.
Joint honours deadlines
If you are a joint honours student on a course not administered by
the History Department, the following deadlines apply.
For history and/with:
- literature or film studies - the history
deadline applies, unless you are following the LiFTS department's
route of Independent Study, in which case the LiFTS deadline applies
- politics or international relations - the
history deadline applies, unless you are being supervised by the
Department of Government, in which case their deadlines apply
- sociology or criminology - the history deadline applies,
unless you are being supervised by the Department of Sociology, in which case
their deadlines apply
- philosophy - the history deadline applies,
unless you are taking a philosophy option instead of doing the IRP
University coursework deadline policy
There is a single policy at our University for the late submission of
coursework. All coursework submitted after the deadline will receive a
mark of zero. No extensions will be granted. A student submitting
coursework late will have the University's and Department's arrangements
for late submission drawn to their attention. The policy states that the
mark of zero shall stand unless you submit satisfactory evidence of
extenuating circumstances that indicate that you were unable to submit
the work by the deadline.