Postgraduate taught 

Medieval History MSc/PgDip

Research Resources And Skills For Historians HIST5126

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course aims to provide Masters History students with structured training in core research skills for advanced historical study, and comprehensive preparation for their dissertations.


The course is delivered through compulsory and optional two-hour seminars held weekly in Semesters 1 and 2, weeks 1-11. Students must sign up to optional seminars in consultation with the course convenor, and must complete a minimum of 10 seminars, and two half-hour tutorials with the course convenor. Students may attend additional seminars at their own discretion. Assessment is submitted after the end of Semester 2 teaching period, and includes the half-hour presentation of a research proposal in the form of an academic poster (see 30.1) 

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses

ESH5016 Research Resources and Skills for Historians




Written assessment: Dissertation research proposal (2,500 words) 50%; Researcher Development Log & Portfolio (1,500 words) 25%


Visual/oral assessment: Academic Poster & 'Viva' (presentation of research proposal in form of academic poster) (30 minutes) 25%.

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. 


Researcher Development Log & Portfolio

Course Aims

This course aims to:

1. Develop the attributes of confidence, self-awareness, and initiative required for advanced and independent historical study.

2. Identify and acquire the practical, analytical, professional and intellectual skills required to undertake independent historical research at advanced level.

3. Develop the practical, analytical, professional and intellectual skills required to initiate, design, plan, and execute an independent research project at advanced level.

4. Evaluate the relevance, strengths and weaknesses of a range of sources and methodologies for the practice of historical research at advanced level.

5. Develop the skills in expression, communication and dissemination (oral, written, visual) appropriate to advanced historical study.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Identify the attributes and skillsets required in order to engage in advanced and independent historical research, and develop and apply these positively in appropriate spheres.

2. Identify a research question and design appropriate methods for investigating it.

3. Locate (using bibliographic, archival and IT skills) and evaluate the sources of information required to investigate a complex research question.

4. Present research proposals and investigations in oral, visual and written form.

5. Reflect critically and comparatively on their contribution to historical understanding and knowledge.

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.