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Independent Second Year Study - 20 credits (HS4334)

Staff: individual supervision (module co-ordinator is Maria Fragoulaki)

A programme of study devised, with advice, by the individual student with a view to a Special Subject Dissertation in the final year. The detailed study of a particular area of interest presented to publication standard allows the development of research and presentation skills appropriate to a wide range of future areas of employment.

Core module for: BA Ancient History, BA Archaeology and Ancient History, Year 2
Optional for: all other Ancient History degrees, normally in Year 2
Availability: spring semester every year
Teaching: regular tutorials; private study
Assessment: oral presentation (20%); project work (80%)


To provide an opportunity for students to test their aptitude for self-devised and self-directed study.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, the student will demonstrate:

  • an ability to work independently on an individual project of an ancient historical or archaeological nature.
  • an understanding and critical use of the primary evidence.
  • an ability to employ primary evidence within the historical context.
  • a knowledge of the topic under investigation and its broader historical relevance.
  • an ability to discuss the topic with coherent and logical arguments, clearly and correctly expressed in both written and oral forms.
  • an ability to employ bibliographic and referencing skills.

Related modules

Prerequisite: None

Necessary for: HS4332 Special Subject Dissertation