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Primary Research for Undergraduates at BISC

The BISC program has an unusual emphasis on primary research, an academic possibility most students don’t get to experience until postgraduate studies. We set up opportunities for primary research for both first year and upper year undergraduates; because we believe it fosters active learning and independent thought.

Some of the primary research-based projects take advantage of the riches of our immediate vicinity, such as archaeological digs of Roman and Medieval sites in the castle grounds. 

Others are archive based, with study visits to the National Archives at Kew, the Wiener Library in Bloomsbury, and the Lee Miller Archive in Chiddingly.

Some are gallery or museum centred, including visits to view and discuss the world class art and artefacts at the British Museum or the Courtauld Gallery in London, and the Musée D’Orsay and the Musée Gustave Moreau in Paris.

Students in some literary and historical courses will be trained to read cityscapes as primary sources on walking tours of London, Brighton, the Marais district of Paris, and Liverpool, for example.

Primary research has proved a key element of the BISC program that motivates first years to high achievement as they continue their degree, and upper years towards graduate school and employment with enhanced resumes.