Teaching and assessment

for History and Philosophy MA (Hons)

Date of entry

September 2020


We use a wide range of teaching methods, from lectures to small group discussions and seminars.

Most modules in Levels 1 and 2 have two lectures and one tutorial or workshop group meeting each week. In Levels 3 and 4 you will have fewer lectures and more small discussion group meetings per week.

Study trips, including trips to local archives and museums, are an important part of the history course.

For the philosophy lectures you will be introduced to the major themes and topics of a philosopher or philosophical problem. For the tutorials you will question and develop your own world views, construct arguments to defend them, and put together projects in small groups to illustrate them.

You will also engage in independent reading and research, with specially designed worksheets and assignments to help you to do this most effectively.

At Levels 1 and 2 you will have a tutor who leads the weekly tutorial discussion and who is there to help you if you need advice.


Assessments for both subjects are carried out by coursework and examinations, and vary in type and weighting from module to module.

In history modules methods of assessment include:

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Source exercises
  • Wiki projects
  • Journals/blogs
  • Examinations

In philosophy modules methods of assessment include:

  • essays
  • tutorial performance
  • exams
  • online journals / online discussions

In Level 4 you can apply the skills you have learned by writing a dissertation on a topic of your own choice.

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This list should give you a good idea of which modules you can take, however it may change before you begin your course, and may not show all available modules.

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

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