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Examination in Economic and Social History for the M.Phil. Degree (one-year course)

On the recommendation of the Faculty Board of History, the subject Economic and Social History has been approved by the General Board and the Board of Graduate Studies, with effect from 1 October 1998, as a subject for further study and training in research for the M.Phil. Degree (one-year course). Special regulations for the examination in that subject have been approved as follows:
 1. The Scheme of examination for the one-year course of study in Economic and Social History for the Degree of Master of Philosophy shall consist of:
(a) an essay of not more than 3,000 words on a topic approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of History which falls within the field of the central concepts and problems of economic and social history and theory;
(b) course-work, as prescribed by the Degree Committee, on subjects falling within the field of quantitative methods and computer applications for economic and social historians;
(c) two written exercises, to be undertaken under conditions specified by the Degree Committee, on subjects chosen by the candidate, subject to the approval of the Degree Committee, from the following list:
1. The rise and fall of English ecclesiastical courts, 1500-1857.
2. Problems and methods in English historical demography before civil registration.
3. The history of economic and social thought.
4. British industrialization in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
5. Economic growth, politics, and health, 1750-1914.
6. Europe in the Age of 'Total War', 1900-1950.
7. The evolution of the European economies since 1850.
8. The history of modern European societies since 1800.
9. Themes in microeconomic and macroeconomic history.
(d) a methodological introduction, of not more than 4,000 words, to the thesis which is to be submitted by the candidate under (e) below;
(e) a thesis, of not more than 20,000 words, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee in Economic and/or Social History.

 2. At the discretion of the Examiners the examination may include an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

The course of study leading to this examination will be as follows:

This course is intended to equip students for research in economic and social history; it includes training in quantitative methods and in thesis writing. Intending candidates will be expected to have a first degree in History or an appropriate social science subject.

Teaching will be by means of lectures, classes, and seminars, including practical classes in computing methods. Under the guidance of a supervisor, each student is required to write a thesis, which is expected to occupy about 60 per cent of the student's time during the course.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 18 March 1998
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