University Of Kent History Dissertation

Method of assessment

The module will be assessed by 100% coursework. This mark will be based on the submission of one 9,000 word dissertation. Students will be required to undertake research into their chosen topic, independently but with guidance from their supervisor. Marking will examine the use of primary sources, and the deployment of relevant secondary sources and historiographical analysis.

Preliminary reading

D. Swetnam & R. Swetnam, Writing Your Dissertation: The Bestselling Guide to Planning, Preparating and Presenting First-Class Work, (How To Books, 2000)
Francis X. Blouin and William G. Rosenberg, Processing the Past: Contesting Authority in History and the Archives(Oxford, 2012).
Antoinette Burton ed., Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions, and the Writing of History (Durham, NC, 2005).
Natalie Zemon Davis, Fiction in the Archives: Pardon Tales and Their Tellers in Sixteenth-Century France (Stanford, 1990).
Jacques Derrida, Archive Fever, A Freudian Interpretation (Chicago, 1996).
Arlette Farge, The Allure of the Archives (London, 2013)
Carolyn Steedman, Dust: The Archive and Cultural History (New Brunswick, NJ, 2002).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will:

- Be able to pursue research at an advanced level.

- Use archives as a source for historical subject matter and factual information. In particular to develop their appreciation of the epistemological and heuristic stakes and issues involved historical research.

- Have been encouraged to seek out their own student intellectual self-development and independence through the identification of a clear academic subject matter for in-depth research. This module intends to allow to students to pursue their own subjectivities and academic interests with the greatest possible freedom.

- Have conceptualised their chosen topic of research and placed it within a wider historiographical framework of debate or interest.

- Gained useful future and transferable life skills. The dissertation will give them a more reified appreciation of the historian’s craft and useful research skills which they will be able to use and deploy in most avenues of future employment.

The Military History BA programme at Kent is an innovative programme that is firmly rooted in the discipline of history. Previous graduates have gone on to join the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies and the civil service - as well as a whole host of other careers suitable for history graduates.

War is often thought of as the engine of change in human activity. The Military History programme offers you the chance to study one of the most significant aspects of human behaviour - that of organised conflict and aggression.

The modules on the programme examine not only military history, but also the impact of war and conflict across a wide chronological and geographic range.

Working closely with the School of Politics and International Relations and Kent Law School, specialist modules are able to give alternative perspectives on war and conflict. In addition, War Studies students are eligible to take the majority of the modules available on the History BA programme, and vica versa - allowing undergraduates to tailor degrees to their own interests.

As with all modules in the School of History, the modules offered on the War Studies programme are closely related to the research interests of academics. As a result, module options are wide-ranging, from the Crusades to the Falklands Conflict, covering everything from the tactics used in mechanised warfare, to the study of wartime cinema.

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Entry Requirements

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Stage One

The modules listed below are those currently running. This is an indicative list; please be aware that all of these modules may not be running the year you apply.

Core Modules

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Stage Two and Three

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ABB, with a minimum of a B in History, if taken


  • 33 points overall or 16/17 points at Higher Level;
  • 5 in Higher Level history or 6 in Standard Level history (where taken)



BA Military History

"[The lecturers] are helpful, knowledgable and passionate about their subject; a trait that rubs off on us students."

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