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The Examinations

The single honours History degree is divided into a two-year Part I and a one-year Part II. 

There is a Preliminary Examination to Part I, held at the beginning of the Easter Term of the first year. This is not classed, and does not count towards Part I. It is intended to provide candidates with informal guidance about their progress to date. Candidates sit an examination in the first two of the Part I outline papers that they have studied. 

Part I and Part II examinations are held in late May and early June. Each element of the assessment process has equal weighting.

Your five Part I Papers will be examined through a three-hour examination, in which you answer three essay questions. 

Your Themes & Sources option, taken in your first year, will be examined through a 3-5,000 word 'Long Essay'. Written over the summer between your first and second years, this is submitted in Lent Term of your second year. 

In Part II, you take a Special Subject, for which you submit a 6-8,000 word 'Long Essay' on a topic chosen from a list. Written over the Easter Vacation in your third year, this is submitted at the beginning of Easter Term. You will also sit a three-hour 'gobbets' paper, in which you will be asked to comment on some of the primary sources you have studied over the course of the year. 

Historical Argument and Practice is a compulsory paper for Part II, assessed by a 3-hour written examination in which you will answer one question.

Depending on whether you have opted to submit a 10-15,000 word dissertation, you are also examined in either one or two Specified Subjects through a three-hour examination, in which you answer three essay questions.

The research for a dissertation is typically conducted over the summer between your second and third years, and the writing in Michaelmas of your third year. The dissertation is submitted in the Easter Term of your third year. 

Your Part II results alone determine the class of degree that you are awarded at the end of your course.