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The dissertation is Part II of the MPhil in Medieval History.

All students will submit a dissertation 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.


For the core module Medieval History: Concepts and Methods students will prepare a historiographical and bibliographical essay preparatory to the dissertation. Students will meet with their supervisor to discuss the essay and get feedback in preparation for the dissertation.

For the optional module students will submit a 3,000-4,000 words essay (or equivalent). 

Each will count toward 10% of the final degree mark, for a total of 20%.  Taken together with the written examination in Latin and Palaeography, these are Part I, and students must achieve pass marks in order to move to Part II.

Written examination

Students will sit one exam in Latin and Palaeography Transcription worth 10% of the overall mark for the MPhil.

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.