Specialist Course In Medieval Scottish Studies: Semester 2 HIST5020

  • Academic Session: 2017-18
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed to be sufficiently flexible to meet the specialist needs of each individual student. The topic for each course can, with the agreement of the course convener and the staff and student involved, be anything relating to the student's area of interest relevant to their intended dissertation project, as long as the staff member(s) have an active research interest in the topic themselves.


10 x 2 hours

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





1 essay of 3,500-5,000 words

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. 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 an opportunity for specialist study in a range of topics relating to medieval Scotland in the fields of archaeology, history, language and literature

■ offer a critical overview of sources and methods relating to the study of particular aspects of medieval Scottish studies

■ provide regular contact with a practicing researcher topics relating to medieval Scotland

■ offer a framework in which an individual student will gain the opportunity to explore specialist topics relating to their overall project and particular needs

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ demonstrate a specialist knowledge and understanding of specific topics relating to medieval Scotland

■ Demonstrate a level of expertise and knowledge which will enable them to embark on further research at an advanced level

■ Demonstrate a critical understanding of primary sources and secondary materials in the fields of archaeology, history, and/or literature

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.