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Coursework submission and deadlines

Study guides

Right of appeal for re-marking

All students taking History modules have the right to request that an assignment be re-marked in one or both of the following circumstances

  • 1. If procedural/administrative error is suspected.
  • 2. If your work has not been included in a sample of work moderated.

The right under 2 above can only be exercised if you have had a meeting with the initial marker to obtain further feedback on the reason for the initial mark and completed the re-mark request form, including the signature of the first marker, and submitted it to the History Department within 10 days of the coursework being made available for you to collect. Copies of the form are also available from the History Department Office.

More information about the policy can be found online.

  • What will I study?

    Programme Specifications explains the structure of our courses and provides information about the compulsory modules that you will study and the optional modules that you can choose from.

  • What are the aims and objectives of our first-year modules?

    The modules aim to familiarise students with important periods of history and to give them a foundation for the study of modern history modules and other, more specialised early modern history modules that they might take in subsequent years of study.

    The modules are also designed to train students in the key skills necessary for university study, with specific emphasis on those skills specific to the discipline of history. By taking the modules you will be given the opportunity to develop the following skills:

    • research and information-gathering skills
    • critical analysis of primary and secondary sources
    • construction and communication of ideas verbally (seminar participation) and in writing (essay-writing)
    • ability to work in groups
    • development of a self-reflexive approach to your learning

    Many of these skills are also transferable to the world of work. They are therefore valued by employers and will be of benefit to you when applying for either temporary or permanent jobs in future.

  • How will the lectures and seminars be organised?

    Full-year (FY) modules run over twenty-two weeks, AU modules run in the Autumn Term and SP modules run in the Spring Term. Revision sessions are held in the Summer Term.

    Students must attend one or two one-hour lectures and a one-hour seminar every week, for each module (except for HR101 which is a weekly two-hour workshop). Lecture and seminar times will appear on your timetable.

    Students are required to prepare in advance for seminars by completing a specified amount of designated reading (usually a minimum of two items). They are also required to contribute to seminar discussions.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Coursework will comprise 50% of the final overall mark and a written examination in the Summer Term will comprise the other 50%. The examinations are three hours long for full-year modules and two hours long for autumn or spring-term only modules. Some modules are assessed by 100% coursework.

    Before you begin your coursework you will find the following resources on the 'Undergraduate study' tab on this page useful:

    • study guides
    • marking criteria

  • Is there any introductory reading?

    Preparatory reading lists are available for each first-year module and can be found in the Module Directory.

Most second-year students in our Department doing single or joint honours courses research and write up a Research Project as part of their degree. This counts as 1/8th of your overall assessment in the final degree.


It is important that all second year students on history and joint history courses attend all meetings. If you are unable to attend, please see the Research Project Director beforehand during office hours, or contact her for an appointment. Make sure you receive a copy of the handbook.


Once you have submitted your Research Project Topic Form, you will be allocated a supervisor

What subject?

Watch History: see the range of topics students from 2016 researched for their Independent Research Project


Submitting your IRP

The IRP Handbook contains details of submission deadlines, hints on project writing, including presentation, and information on sources. If you did not collect a copy of the booklet at the second-year meeting, please see Belinda Waterman, 5NW.7.14.

You will be required to complete an IRP Declaration Form. Copies are available in the History Office.

Final submission deadlines

The deadline for all students taking HR831-6-FY Research Project is

at the beginning of the Summer Term (date TBC).

Two copies of the IRP are to be submitted to the Department Office, not online. The copies need therefore to be submitted on the day of the deadline, not within 24 hours, as is the case with coursework submitted online. This applies to all students.

Joint honours deadlines

If you are a joint honours student on a course not administered by the History Department, the following deadlines apply.

For history and/with:

  • literature or film studies - the history deadline applies, unless you are following the LiFTS department's route of Independent Study, in which case the LiFTS deadline applies
  • politics or international relations - the history deadline applies, unless you are being supervised by the Department of Government, in which case their deadlines apply
  • sociology or criminology - the history deadline applies, unless you are being supervised by the Department of Sociology, in which case their deadlines apply
  • philosophy - the history deadline applies, unless you are taking a philosophy option instead of doing the IRP

University coursework deadline policy

There is a single policy at our University for the late submission of coursework. All coursework submitted after the deadline will receive a mark of zero. No extensions will be granted. A student submitting coursework late will have the University's and Department's arrangements for late submission drawn to their attention. The policy states that the mark of zero shall stand unless you submit satisfactory evidence of extenuating circumstances that indicate that you were unable to submit the work by the deadline.