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Assessment

Essays

Each of three modules in Michaelmas and Lent Terms (one Compulsory Core, and two Options) will require a 3,000-4,000 words essay (or equivalent). 

Each will count toward 10% of the final degree mark, for a total of 30%.  Taken together, these are Part I, and students must receive passing marks in order to move to Part II.

Students will also prepare a 2,000-word dissertation proposal essay due in the Lent Term. This essay will be unassessed but students will meet with their Supervisor to discuss the essay and get feedback in preparation for the dissertation.

Thesis

The thesis is Part II of the MPhil in Early Modern History.

All students will submit a thesis of 15,000-20,000 words, worth 70% of the overall mark. 

At the discretion of the Examiners the examination may include an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

Practical assessment

All students will present their work at least once during the academic year and will receive feedback from academics and peers on their work-in-progress. This is not an assessed element of the course but is a valuable feedback tool for the dissertation.