Many of the history courses taught in the colleges and institutes of the University are offered on an intercollegiate basis. Intercollegiate teaching is the hallmark of the School of History, and gives the University of London history degree an unparalleled range of choice and specialisation. This section lists the courses available, and explains how the intercollegiate system operates.
The intercollegiate courses are divided into three groups. Group 1 consists of broad courses from a variety of areas and periods. Group 2 courses focus on more specific themes. Group 3 courses are 'special subjects' with a strong emphasis on the study of primary sources. They are double-weighted, and often involve a 10,000-word essay. For more information on Group 3 courses, see preface to the list of them below.
The system operates on two basic principles:
- Students who wish to take intercollegiate courses must seek advice from their own department (the 'home' institution) to ensure that their choice conforms to the regulations and practices of the degree for which they are registered.
- All courses taken intercollegiately are examined in accordance with the regulations and practices of the institution at which the course is taught (the 'host' institution).
Group 1 Courses
Arrangements for application and allocation of places on Group 1 courses vary from course to course and from institution to institution. See the notes in the preface to the list of them, and details given with each course.
Group 2 and Group 3 Courses
The size of classes of Group 2 and Group 3 courses is limited. Most institutions offering courses intercollegiately operate a quota system for students from other institutions, and some reserve some places to their own students. Demand for some courses is especially high, and students should take this into account when planning their course choices.
Application for places on intercollegiate courses is made through the student's home institution.
The timetable of teaching of intercollegiate courses may be different from that of the student's home institution, as the dates of terms vary between institutions. While every effort is made to keep classes within the dates common to as many institutions as possible, it is sometimes necessary to hold classes outside these dates. Classes may also be scheduled during 'reading weeks'.
Some institutions charge a fee for attendance. Courses for which a fee may be payable are starred in the lists and descriptions which follow.
The method by which courses are assessed and examined are given in the course descriptions. The deadlines for coursework and the timetabling of examinations are determined by the host institution. Most Group 2 and Group 3 examinations take place in the first full week of May. Students normally sit examination papers in the host institution; they will be given full details by the Registry of their home institution.
Students are advised to discuss any problems in relation to intercollegiate courses with their department.