Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (History)

Course 095-HI (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


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Course Overview:

The postgraduate diploma allows students to undertake a research project in a specialist field of study. Students will gain considerable knowledge in an area of history and engage in critical assessment of the major theoretical claims of the discipline. The course provides a pathway to higher degree research for students who have not completed a four year BA (Honours) with a research component in history.

Course coordinators:
Kate Darian-Smith (Semester 1), email:
Catherine Kovesi (Semester 2), email:
School of Historical Studies


Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should:

  • demonstrate a sound understanding of the main developments in past and contemporary historical theory;
  • understand the issues involved in debates about historical knowledge;
  • become acquainted with the contemporary debates about the relationship of historical theory to other areas of social enquiry.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • Thesis 12,000 words (37.5 points)
  • Elective subjects totalling 62.5 points
Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.
Subject Options: A thesis subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Elective subjects
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

The minimum entry requirement is:

  • an undergraduate degree with a major in history or cognate discipline and a grade average equivalent to an H2B (70%) at the University of Melbourne in the major
  • a Graduate Diploma in Arts (History) with a grade average equivalent to an H2B (70%) at the University of Melbourne.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None
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