Useful in itself, the Honours degree also provides a vital link between the undergraduate programme and the specialised Master’s programme. For an Honours degree in Historical Studies the minimum requirement is a Bachelor’s degree with a Major in History or Economic History or in a cognate discipline. This must be read in conjunction with the requirements set out under Rules FH3 and FM3 of the Faculty of Humanities for Postgraduate Qualifications. Honours at the Department of Historical Studies is a one-year programme in which the students are required to successfully complete four taught courses and a research essay. Of the four taught courses one is compulsory and the remaining three courses may be selected from a range of available electives.