HIS50020 Introduction to Research & Writing

Academic Year 2023/2024

Writing is a central element in postgraduate research in History, but students often have questions about what is demanded of them and how best to proceed: When do I begin to write? How does postgraduate writing differ from undergraduate writing? How does my writing relate to my research? What is good academic writing? What conventions do I need to follow? What models are useful? This course addresses the role and practice of writing in postgraduate research by reading and analysing the work of established academics with such questions in mind, and by sharing examples of writing from members of the class. It aims to show how writing and research can be mutually enhancing, and how your writing may benefit from the experience of others and the dynamic of a group.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Introductory research and writing
By the end of this course you should have:
- deepened your understanding of how scholarly historians research and write
- begun to relate what you have learned about historical practice to your own research and writing
- learned to use informal writing for research, generating text and drafting

Indicative Module Content:

This module addresses such topics as: the relationship between research and writing; the practice and purpose of research; building a research topic; scholarly expectations and audiences; moving from topics to questions; working with primary sources.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a small-group, seminar-based module involving the sharing of and commenting on written work, group discussions, and in-class writing exercises. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: < Description > Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Written work is discussed and assessed in class by students and by the module coordinator.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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