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Course Outline and Schedule

Course Outline and Schedule

Faculty of History 4The course comprises two kinds of work: group study and individually-tailored supervised research training culminating in examined essays and a dissertation.

Both continue simultaneously throughout the year, so that students are expected to attend the course classes, research seminar, and lectures at the same time as researching their essays. While there are no fixed course classes in the Easter Term when students will be concentrating on their dissertation, they will be required to present their work at a Dissertation Workshop and encouraged to continue attending lectures and seminars.

Postgraduate students in Cambridge are expected to work continuously throughout the year with the exception of a few days’ break at a time, so that the ‘vacation periods’ are in fact periods in which required work must be completed, as shown below.

 

 

MICHAELMAS TERM

CHRISTMAS VACATION

LENT TERM

EASTER VACATION

EASTER TERM

Individual research/
written work to be examined 

Essay 1

Preparation for Essay 2 and Dissertation 

Essay 2

Dissertation

Dissertation

Group study:
Taught classes

Mandatory text reading class

 

Mandatory methods class

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Mandatory thematic class 

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Dissertation Abstract Seminar

Other group study:
research seminar

Weekly research seminar

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Weekly research seminar

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Weekly research seminar (first four weeks)

Other group study:
lectures

Lectures

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Lectures

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Lectures

(first four weeks)