Summer Research Project in History B HIST1028

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 25
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

In this course you will pursue an independent research project in History guided by a supervisor with group seminars in historical methods. Projects will draw on the University of Glasgow's outstanding research library, local archives and printed and online primary sources. You will produce a research paper and share your findings in a mock conference. A range of topics will be offered each year, typically featuring Scottish and British history.


Classes run from the end of July to mid-August

Requirements of Entry

To attend the International Summer School you must meet the following criteria: Applicants should have completed two years of study in university-level History with a major or minor in History. Applicants who have only attended university for one year will be considered if strong performance in History (potentially including AP History) can be demonstrated.

Excluded Courses





Report on preparatory reading (800 words) 10%

Oral presentation on research question (8 min) 10%

Oral presentation on research findings mock conference (15 min) 20% Research paper (4000 words) 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide students with an opportunity to undertake a historical research project.

■ Develop familiarity with historical methods and transferable skills in critical analysis, argument and oral presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Assess scholarly literature and available primary sources to formulate a viable research question in History

■ Contextualise and critically analyse primary sources to produce a convincing historical argument

■ Express historical analysis and argument in written and oral forms

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.