MA Modern and Irish History
Semester 2 (Jan - June)
Co-ordinator: Dr Fearghal McGarry
The MA History Dissertation is the core element of MA Irish History and MA Modern History. It is a double-weighted module counting for 1/3 of the final marks of the programme.
Your dissertation should be a piece of independent and original research, with a maximum wordlength of 20,000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography and appendices). For full-time students it is due by mid-September; for part-time students by 1 May of your third year.
We provide training for the dissertation through the Research Methods course in semester one, and several workshops on dissertation technique in semester two. Students are encouraged to present summary reports on their dissertation research at an MA mini-conference in June. You should discuss your dissertation topic with your MA pathway convenor no later than January, and meet with a nominated research supervisor on 4-6 occasions over semester two and the summer months. Your supervisor should read and give you feedback on one draft of your dissertation chapters. The completion of the dissertation and adherence to the academic conventions used by the School are your responsibility.
If after examination your dissertation is deemed to have attained a high standard, you will be invited to submit a corrected version to the University Library for public reference.
Recent MA History dissertations include: