Postgraduate Students


Under the broad expertise of our teaching staff you will have the freedom to define your own dissertation project, allowing you to specialise in your preferred area of study.

Student writing notes

The taught courses are worth a total of 120 credit points. Provided you achieve the required standard, you may then proceed to a period of individual research under the supervision of an academic member of staff in the School, resulting in a final dissertation worth a further 60 credits.

The 12,000-15,000 word, independent primary source-based research project, is supervised by one or more members of the academic staff. One-to-one supervision will be available to you while you are completing your dissertation via email, telephone calls or audio and video calls.

Previous dissertation topics

  • In the Shadow of Barra  
  • British Nurses of the First World War: the Impact of the Flu Pandemic of 1918-1919 and Memory  
  • The Irish of Pittsburgh's Strip  
  • The Scottish Paradox - Exlporing Potential Explanations for Migration in Late Nineteenth Century to the United States  
  • Beyond Abolition: William Lloyd Garrison and the Struggle for Progressive Reform, 1865-1879  
  • 'Just Permitted to Live': Race and the Conception of Servitude and Freedom in the Atlantic World, 1600-1700  
  • Gender and the Changing Social and Moral Parameters of Punishment for Property Crimes During late 17th and Early 18th Century London