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The "Empire", "Antiquity to the Ottomans" and "History and Politics" modules are assessed by 4000-word essays, and by exercises such as multiple choice quizzes (MCQ), learning journals, and/or other appropriate pedagogical instruments.

The other modules are assessed solely by 4000-word essays, but may also include exercises on a formative (i.e. non-assessed) basis.

All written work is submitted via Blackboard, which uses Turnitin to check for plagiarism and allows for feedback to be provided by the lecturer.

To pass the MPhil course as a whole, one must pass the Research Project.  For a Distinction, one must get 70 or above in the Research Project and in the average of the other modules, without failing any module.  Subject to this, the overall mark for the course is the weighted average of the mark awarded for each module.