The Graduate Diploma in History is targeted at students who wish to progress to further study, or who wish to develop key transferable skills vital to many and diverse careers. It is designed for students coming to history from a non-cognate subject, those who did not live up to their potential in their BA, as well as those returning to education after a long period of absence. We value and promote a strong work ethic, intellectual curiosity, and the importance of independent learning. These values are instilled within a robust but supportive environment, with a particular focus on encouraging an awareness of broad historiographical trends and the development of the skills required to assess and analyse different forms of primary evidence. The learning environment stresses the importance of resesarch, critical and analytical thinking, and of making informed challenges to prevailing ideas, interpretations and approaches. Small group seminars are vital to the programme's design; it is here, in a very structured and active learning environment where students hone their ability to present, defend and question historical knowledge. The learning trajectory is supported through the use of weekly research journals, presentations, essays and book reviews. The taught elements of the programme are intended to build and develop the skill set and confidence of learners to equip them to undertake the research project. A feature of the Graduate Diploma Programme is that students who perform strongly in the first semester can apply to be transferred to the MA. The MA is completed within the same academic year.
There are two core modules. Renaissance Europe develops your awareness of historiography, while Making History deals with the processes involved in handling and analysing primary sources. Students take one undergraduate module in semester 1 (subject to availability). In addition to the taught courses, you will work on a Graduate Research Project over the course of semesters 1 and 2 (normally a dissertation of 8,000 words).
Ability to survey in a critical and analytical fashion the historiography of given subjects
The ability to survey a body of scholarship written over time, to offer an informed critical and analytical commentary, and to identify fertile areas for further research.
Awareness of a number of major historiographical trends since the nineteenth century.
The confidence to work with and handle a range of primary sources, especially those relevant to the chosen research subject of the learner.
Development of a strong work ethic and awareness of the effort required to succeed at graduate level.
Drive to work independently but to thrive on and respond to the feedback of peers and the teaching staff within a structured environment.
The ability to take an embryonic idea for a research project and develop it into a successful 8,000-word piece of scholarship. A range of skills will be required, including: planning, historiographical awareness, analytical ability to handle primary sources, & ability to communicate findings.