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Course guidance due to Covid-19

Details of policies related to the pandemic can be found here:

In summary, while the situation of course remains uncertain and could change, the University of Cambridge has committed to opening next year with a mix of online (big lectures) and in person (supervisions and seminars) teaching (this is the core of MAUS and should run as normal), Cambridge libraries and archives have put in place systems to allow for socially distanced consultation as well as rich and free electronic resources, and colleges have committed to housing students and to giving as full a college experience as possible while doing so as safely as possible.

You will find guidance of visa and quarantine measures in the links above, but we strongly advise that you arrive in the UK with enough time to be able to be physically present to start supervisions and seminars from the start of the academic year at the beginning of October. As stated, the current guidance is that llecture courses will be online, but supervisions and seminars will be in person. Having said this, if a student is, for example, feeling unwell, cannot leave the house, or feels in any way unsafe, then seminars and supervisions can also be moved to a virtual format on a case-by-case basis.

If you would like some anticipation for how the course works, and therefore how to plan your'e time before the course, or possibly during a quarantine, then please consider that while we provide lots of lectures and support, the MAUS course is fundamentally driven by a students interests, initiative, and close relationship with a supervisor who helps to guide those interests and helps to shape their delivery. Therefore, if you would like to prepare for next year in advance of the start of the academic year, I would simply advise that you read around your interest area so that you can hit the ground running in your first supervision meeting. One way to do that might be to start framing and structuring a literature review around your proposed topic, so that you come to that first supervision meeting saying something like: "i've read this and this. I haven't read this yet, and would like to focus on it because... I think the main issue with the question I'd like to ask is... etc." 

The core MAUS assignments are Essay 1 (3000-5000 words) in Michaelmas Term, Essay 2 (3000-5000 words) in Lent Term, Assignment 3 (a dissertation proposal) at the beginning of Easter Term, and a Dissertation (10-20,000 words) by end of Easter Term. Essays 1 and 2 must not overlap too much with the dissertation (to avoid self-plagiarism or even self-citing). They usually 'orbit' the eventual dissertation objective, and can be ways to test methods or approaches before jumping into the final thing. They might also often be about something completely different than the dissertation proposal. You could therefore reflect on how you might like to have the different assignments work together, or build methodological/ linguistic/ archival/ etc skills towards the final dissertation.

Finally, MAUS course directors select your supervisor based on your original application project proposal. Your project may (indeed, is likely to) shift over the course of the year, but we will still appoint your supervisor based on original interests. You will be notified of your supervisor at the start of term.