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Postgraduate Taught Handbook

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  • Welcome from the Head of Department
  • Welcome from the Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies

All incoming students should read this handbook thoroughly before starting their course, so as to familiarise themselves with the department, course, regulations and support available.

Welcome from the Head of Department

A very warm welcome to you at the start of the 2023-24 academic year. This Handbook is designed to be a reference document that provides information on your course and the University. It is very detailed and will provide many links to important information maintained elsewhere in the University. You may find it most useful when you have a specific question, but you should look it over at the beginning of the year to ensure that you are clear about what will be expected of you, and what you can expect from the History Department. If you have any questions about the Handbook or its contents, or if you would like to make a suggestion, please speak with your Student-Staff Liaison Committee Course Representative, or speak to your personal tutor.

The aim of this handbook is to provide accurate and up to date information. It is correct as of the start of the year, but, as we know, events sometimes intervene. Changes and updates can be found on our website ( which you are advised to check regularly. Please look out for, and read, emails that come from the departmental office or from me. The final arbiter of policy and procedure are the University Regulations, which can be found on the University Governance webpages (

For now, all best wishes for the new year!

Tim Lockley

Head of Department

Welcome from the Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies

It is with great pleasure that I welcome all MA students to the History Department. Our MA cohort has grown in recent years, fostering a vibrant and supportive community. In addition to formal teaching hours, there will be a number of events throughout the year that will give you the opportunity to meet and get to know staff and other postgraduate students. MA students are encouraged to see themselves as ‘full’ members of the Department and are welcome to attend any of the research seminars organised by academic staff. All lecturers hold regular office hours (displayed on our office doors and our web pages), so feel free to drop in and introduce yourselves during these times.

Warwick is one of the largest history departments in the country and there is a huge array of research expertise, of a broad geographical and chronological scope, for you to benefit from. Whether you intend to pursue further postgraduate study or a career outside of academia, the Warwick postgraduate community is an ideal place in which to develop critical thinking, an understanding of the politics of knowledge production, and an approach to learning that connects you to the wider world.

Dr. Colin Storer

Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies

The Department endeavours to ensure that the information in this handbook is as accurate and up to date as possible. Statements of departmental policy are made in good faith and are an honest attempt to describe current practices. However, the final arbiter of policy and procedure is the University Regulations as laid down in the University Calendar, which can be found on the University Governance webpages.

University Regulations



Welfare and Support

Course Regulations


Personal Development

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