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Special Subjects (Part II Papers 2 & 3)

Special Subjects are taught to Part II students by Faculty classes. These involve a different style of study from the weekly essay. Undergraduates select a Special Subject from a list of options. This gives the opportunity for advanced study in depth of an important historical process or problem. Teaching is by Faculty lectures and/or classes, spread across the third year. Undergraduates are expected to do the reading in their own time. The reading concentrates on primary sources, again of a variety of types.

The Special Subject constitutes two of the five papers (Papers 2 and 3) on a one-year Part II course - 40% of the total. Work for your Special Subject is examined by means of a Long Essay (Paper 2) submitted during the Easter Term and a three-hour exam on 'gobbets' taken from the set sources (Paper 3) in late May/early June.

The list of Special Subjects available for any particular year are listed under the Part II papers.

Individual Fellowship competition is now open. The internal University deadline is 3pm, 10 September 2019. 

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