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BOARD OF THE FACULTY OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

M.Sc. in Geometry, Mathematical Physics, and Analysis

The following special topics for Schedule 2 have been approved by the Standing Committee for examination in 1999:

Analysis and Function Spaces
Calculus of Variations
Hermitian Geometry
Variational Methods for Nonlinear Problems
C* Algebras
Yang–Mills Theory and Electro-magnetic duality
Canonical Quantisation
Quantum Field Theory I
Quantum Field Theory II
Quantum Electrodynamics

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BOARD OF THE FACULTY OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES AND COMMITTEE ON CONTINUING EDUCATION

M.Sc. in Software Engineering

In accordance with the regulations for these courses, notice is hereby given that the list of Schedule B modules available in the period July to December 1998 will be:

Software engineering mathematics
Object-oriented programming
Specification and design
Practical software engineering
Software testing
Functional programming
Requirements engineering
Performance modelling
Concurrency and distributed systems
Software development management

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CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

With the approval of the General Board, the following changes in regulations made by boards of faculties and committees will come into effect on 9 October.

1 Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature

M.Phil. in English Studies

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in October 1999)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 597, l. 31, after `Auden' insert `and Pound'.

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2 Board of the Faculty of Law

Regulations of faculty boards concerning the status of probationer research student and the degrees of M.Litt., M.Sc. by research, and D.Phil.

With effect from 1 October 1999

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 868, delete ll. 15–23 and insert:

`1. The First Research Year

(i) All those admitted to a research degree in the Faculty of Law must in the first year of their research complete the course work elements of the M.St. in Legal Research and may not transfer to a new status or proceed to any exam-ination unless they have obtained from the co-ordinator a certificate that they have satisfactorily done so.

(ii) Candidates admitted in the first instance as Probationer Research Students may, with the consent of the Faculty Board, transfer to the status of a student for the M.St. in Legal Research.'

2 Ibid., delete ll. 28–35 up to `completed M.St. thesis', and insert:

`(ii) Candidates who at the time of their transfer will have successfully completed the two-year programme based on the BCL or M.Jur. (including the submission of a thesis lying in the field of research which they wish to pursue) are exempt from Part B of the Qualifying Test.

(iii) Candidates who at the time of their transfer will have successfully completed the M.St. in Legal Research shall submit, in lieu of Part B of the Qualifying Test, their successful M.St. thesis.'

3 Ibid., delete ll. 46–50 and insert:

`(ii) Part B of the Qualifying Test requires that the candidate shall submit to the Graduate Studies Office two typescript or printed copies of a substantial piece of written work which may or may not be intended to form part of the proposed thesis but must be relevant to its subject. For transfer to the D.Phil., this Part B submission must not exceed 10,000 words, for the M.Litt., 6,000 words. In each case the candidate must state the number of words used.'

4 Ibid., l. 51, delete `asked' and substitute `required'.

5 Ibid., p. 869, l. 11, add `Applications for deferral must be made through the Graduate Studies Office in time to allow the Graduate Studies Committee to consider the matter in the second week of the candidate's third term.'

6 Ibid., after l. 44 insert:

`5. Confirmation of D.Phil. status

Candidates must apply for confirmation of D.Phil. status on the basis laid down in the Decrees governing the D.Phil. degree. In deciding whether to confirm D.Phil. status, the Graduate Studies Committee of the Law Board will require from the candidate's supervisor a report on how much of the thesis has been completed, with a prognosis of the likelihood of completion, and a recommendation as to whether or not the status should be confirmed.

6. Theses

All theses in Law must have a table of contents; and also a table of cases and/or statutes where the thesis deals mainly with case and/or statute law. M.Litt. theses must not exceed 50,000 words, and D.Phil. theses must not exceed 100,000 words, the limit to include all notes but to exclude any tables of cases, and statutes and any bibliography.

7. Teaching by Postgraduates

(i) A postgraduate in the Faculty of Law shall be entitled to enter his or her name in the Faculty Board's teaching register at any time but shall not enter into any teaching obligation unless the register also shows that he or she has received permission to teach from the Faculty Board.

(ii) In granting this permission the Faculty Board shall specify the maximum number of hours that the postgraduate may oblige himself or herself to devote to teaching and preparation for teaching.

(iii) The Faculty Board shall not grant any postgraduate permission to teach unless the teaching register also shows that he or she has received such instruction in teaching as the Board shall from time to time require.

(iv) In the absence of exceptional circumstances, the Faculty Board shall not grant any postgraduate permission to teach unless he or she has or will have completed at least one year of research before the teaching obligation commences.

(v) Any postgraduate who undertakes a teaching obligation shall be bound to enter details of that obligation in the teaching register.

(vi) The Faculty Board shall have power to delegate to one or more officers of the board its power to give permission to teach, provided that, in making any such delegation, it also specifies the criteria to which that officer or those officers must have regard.'

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3 Board of the Faculty of Modern History

(a) M.Phil. in Economic and Social History

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 578 (as amended by Gazette, no. 4474, 14 May 1998, pp. 1225–6, regulation 3(a)) after l. 1, insert:

`3.9. History of the Welfare State: the industrial democracies in Europe, 1880–1980'.

2 Ibid., p. 582 (as amended by Gazette, no. 4474, 14 May 1998, pp. 1225–6, regulation 3(a)) after l. 21, insert:

`3.9. History of the Welfare State: the industrial democracies in Europe, 1880–1980

The paper covers the emergence of the welfare state in the industrial democracies of Europe up to, but not including, the present period of transition. It covers the descriptive history of welfare state developments, in particular in social security and health care, with questions of difference and similarity between countries and of continuity and discontinuity. It covers the main theories for explaining welfare state expansion (charity/concession from above, risk/insurance/ market failure, power struggle from below). Trajectories in selected countries will be considered in the light of the main explanatory theories.'

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(b) M.Sc. in Economic and Social History

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

As for the M.Phil. in Economic and Social History (see 3 (a) above).

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(c) M.Sc. in the History of Science: Instruments, Museums, Science, Technology

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 769, l. 27, after `the initial attempt.', insert:

`Such a candidate whose dissertation has been of satisfactory standard may resubmit the same piece of work, while a candidate who has reached a satisfactory standard on the written papers will not be required to retake that part of the examination.'

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4 Board of the Faculty of Social Studies

(a) M.Phil. in Economics

With effect from 1 October 1999 (for first examination in 2000)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 588, delete ll. 3–7 and substitute:

`(l) Development Economics Questions will be set on development topics from a series of taught modules. The modules offered vary from year to year, but will normally include such topics as: human development, poverty, and income distribution; rural development; environment; industry and technology; fiscal policy; project evaluation; macroeconomic policy and adjustment; aspects of the international economy.'

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(b) M.Sc. in Politics Research

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 782, l. 13, delete `eighth week of Hilary term' and substitute `week before noughth week of Trinity Term'.

2 Ibid., l. 16, delete `one copy' and substitute `both copies'.

3 Ibid., l. 17, delete `, the other to the Secretary of the Politics Graduate Studies Committee'.

4 Ibid., ll. 19–20, delete `Monday of first week of the following term' and substitute `Friday of first week of Trinity Term'.

5 Ibid., l. 33, after `Social Studies).' insert:

`Essays judged by the M.Sc. Examiners to be below the appropriate standard will be returned to the relevant candidates by 5 p.m. on Monday of sixth week of Trinity Term and may be resubmitted in amended form by Friday of seventh week of that term.'

6 Ibid., after l. 40 insert:

`13. Candidates transferring from an M.Phil. to the M.Sc./PRS status at the beginning of Trinity Term shall submit the Research Essay by Friday of fifth week of Trinity Term and the piece of written work relevant to the proposed thesis by Friday of seventh week of that term.

Research Essays judged by the M.Sc. Examiners to be below the appropriate standard will be returned to the relevant candidates by 5 p.m. on Monday of sixth week of Trinity Term and may be resubmitted in amended form by Friday of seventh week of that term. Pieces of written work relevant to the proposed thesis judged by the M.Sc.

Examiners to be below the appropriate standard will be returned to the relevant candidates by 5 p.m. on Monday of eighth week of Trinity Term and may be resubmitted in amended form by Friday of ninth week of that term.'

7 Ibid., l. 41, renumber existing cl. 13 as cl. 14.

8 Ibid., p. 890, after l. 28 insert:

`4. The Chairman of the M.Sc. Examiners and the Chairman of the Politics Graduate Studies Committee shall consult and shall then report to the seventh week meeting of the Politics Graduate Studies committee on whether the M.Sc. Examiners and Assessors shall serve as Graduate Studies Committee assessors for transfer of status, or whether the Graduate Studies Committee should appoint more specialised assessors of its own for certain specified candidates.'

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5 Standing Committee for Archaeology and Anthropology

(a) Honour Moderations in Archaeology and Anthropology

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 28, delete ll. 33–4 and substitute:

`(c) Failure to submit reports or to reach an adequate standard will be communicated to the Examiners who may deduct up to 10 per cent of the marks in penalty from Paper (4).'

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(b) Honour School of Archaeology and Anthropology

(i) With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 131, delete ll. 40–1.

2 Ibid., p. 132, delete ll. 1–13.

3 Ibid., delete ll. 33–4 and substitute:

`(d) (i) Mesopotamia and Egypt from the emergence of complex societies to c.2000 bc;

`(d) (ii) Mesopotamia and Egypt 1000–500 bc'.

4 Ibid., delete ll. 36–7 and substitute:

`(f) (i) The Greeks and the Mediterranean World, c.950–500 bc;

`(f) (ii) Greek archaeology and art c.500–323 bc'.

5 Ibid., delete ll. 40–1 and substitute:

`(i) (i) Cities and settlement in the Roman Empire;

`(f) (ii) The archaeology and art of Roman Italy in the Late Republic and Early Empire'.

6 Ibid., delete ll. 42–3 and substitute:

`(j) The Emergence of Medieval Europe ad 400–900'.

7 Ibid., p. 133, ll. 16–18, delete `Wednesday of the first week . . . preceding the examination', and substitute `Monday of the noughth week of the Trinity Full Term preceding that in which the examination is held.'

8 Ibid., ll. 19–20, delete `The Committee for Archaeology or the Board of the Faculty of Anthropology and Geography, as appropriate', and substitute `The Standing Committee for the Undergraduate Degree in Archaeology and Anthropology.'

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(ii) With effect from 1 October 1999 (for first examination in 2000)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 131, after l. 39 insert:

`9. All candidates will be required to undertake a course of practical work, including laboratory work and the use of computers. All candidates will be assessed on their practical ability under the following provisions:

(a) Class co-ordinators shall make available to the chairman of the examiners records showing the extent to which each candidate has pursued an adequate course of practical work.

(b) Candidates shall submit notebooks containing reports on the practical work completed during their final two years of study signed by their practical class supervisor to the Clerk of Schools, High Street, Oxford, not later than noon on Friday of the fourth week of Trinity Term of the year in which they sit the examination. Upon receipt of the notebook and a signed declaration that the work is the candidate's own, the Clerk of Schools will issue a formal receipt. These notebooks must bear the candidate's examination number but not the candidate's name, which must be concealed.

(c) Notebooks which do not achieve a satisfactory standard should be revised and resubmitted.'

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6 Inter-faculty Committee for Queen Elizabeth House

M.Phil. in Development Studies

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 573, delete ll. 34, 35 and substitute:

`Questions will be set on development topics from a series of taught modules. The modules offered may vary from year to year, but will normally include such topics as: human development, poverty and income distribution; rural development; environment; industry and technology; fiscal policy; project evaluation; macroeconomic policy and adjustment; aspects of the international economy.'

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DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF LETTERS

The Board of the Faculty of Modern History has granted leave to M. GILBERT, Merton, to supplicate for the Degree of Doctor of Letters.

A list of the evidence submitted by the candidate is available at the University Offices.

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DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF MEDICINE

The Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine has granted leave to A. KILTIE, Balliol, to supplicate for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine.

The evidence submitted by the candidate was entitled: `DNA damage as a predictor of normal tissue response to radiotherapy'.

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DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF SCIENCE

The Board of the Faculty of Physical Sciences has granted leave to C. HALL, Trinity, to supplicate for the Degree of Doctor of Science.

A list of the evidence submitted by the candidate is available at the University Offices.

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EXAMINATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

The examiners appointed by the following faculty boards give notice of oral examination of their candidates as follows:

Anthropology and Geography

T.F.W. GRIFFITHS, St Antony's: `Ethnoeconomics and native Amazonian livelihood: culture and economy among the N+Pode-Uitoto of the Middle Caqueta Basin in Colombia'.
Pitt Rivers Museum, Friday, 25 September, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: M. O'Hanlon, S. Hugh-Jones.

L. MENESES, Lincoln: `Social change in southern Iberia in the first millennium bc with special reference to the cemetery evidence'.
Pitt Rivers Museum, Monday, 28 September, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: C.H. Gosden, M.C.F. Castro.

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Biological Sciences

J.R. FOTHERINGHAM, St Edmund Hall: `Starlings working for food in a closed economy: empirical studies of feeding regulation'.
Department of Zoology, Monday, 28 September, 2 p.m.
Examiners: M. Dawkins, I. Cuthill.

C. GLAUBITZ, St Cross: `MAS spectroscopy on biomembranes'.
Corpus Christi, Monday, 5 October, 9.30 a.m.
Examiners: P.J. Hore, S.J. Opella.

B. TIWARI, Lincoln: `The variant antigen PfEMP-1 and the biology of Plasmodium falciparum parasites'.
Department of Zoology, Thursday, 1 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: A.G. Craig, D. Barry.

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Clinical Medicine

R. ALLEN, Trinity: `T cell recognition of HLA B27'.
Institute of Molecular Medicine, Friday, 2 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: V. Cerundolo, J.S.H. Gaston.

V.S.F. CHAN, Wolfson: `A role of cytotoxic T lymphocyte in autoimmune arthritis'.
Nuffield Department of Surgery, Monday, 28 September, 2 p.m.
Examiners: K.J. Wood, D. Altmann.

R. HAMILTON, Wolfson: `Cardiorespiratory measurements using inspired oxygen sinusoids'.
University Laboratory of Physiology, Friday, 9 October, 10.30 a.m.
Examiners: K.L. Dorrington, A.M.S. Black.

L. SUMMERS, Merton: `Adipose tissue and postprandial metabolism'.
Green College, Friday, 2 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: R.D. Evans, S.W. Coppack.

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English Language and Literature

T. AULD, Jesus: `Alan Ayckbourn and theatre-in-the-round: an investigation of the relationship between dramatic text and performance space'.
St Anne's, Friday, 2 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: V.A. Gillespie, M. Banham.

M. LONG, Oriel: `The cultures of crime: a study of Renaissance English criminal literature'.
Examination Schools, Wednesday, 30 September , 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: E.L. Jones, A. Kinney.

A. MITCHELL, Linacre: `Authorship in the early works and career of Thomas Lodge'.
Examination Schools, Thursday, 12 November, 9.30 a.m.
Examiners: H.D. Moore, R. Dutton.

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Law

A. AUSTEN-PETERS, Pembroke: `Legal aspects of the custody of assets under investment management'.
St John's, Friday, 25 September, 10.30 a.m.
Examiners: R.M. Goode, P. Wood.

J.A. DICKSON, Balliol: `Methodological foundations of analytical jurisprudence: a critical analysis of some challenges to and conceptions of jurisprudential inquiry'.
All Souls, Friday, 9 October, 4 p.m.
Examiners: J.B. Gardner, D.N. MacCormick.

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Literae Humaniores

B.D. DIGNAS, Lady Margaret Hall: `Sanctuaries in Asia Minor under Hellenistic and Roman rule: finances and politics'.
New College, Wednesday, 30 September, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: R.C.T. Parker, R. van Bremen.

A. NIKOLOPOULOS, Corpus Christi: `The poetics of metanarrative in Ovid's Metamorphoses'.
New College, Thursday, 8 October, 10.30 a.m.
Examiners: D.C. Feeney, P.R. Hardie.

G. NISBET, Corpus Christi: `Greek Skoptic epigram of the first and second centuries ad'.
New College, Tuesday, 1 December, 9.30 a.m.
Examiners: D.C. Feeney, P.R. Hardie.

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Medieval and Modern Languages

M.P. DAVIES, Magdalen: `The Blaubartmèrchen and its reception in German literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries'.
Examination Schools, Friday, 20 November, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: K.J. Leeder, E. Boa.

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Modern History

H.S. HAMIDUDDIN, St Antony's: `History of Dawoodi Bohro community in India in the first half of the twentieth century'.
St Antony's, Thursday, 1 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: F. Robinson, J. Piscatori.

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Physical Sciences

A. ARDAVAN, Corpus Christi: `Millimetre-wave magneto-optics of correlated systems'.
Clarendon Laboratory, Monday, 5 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: J.M. Baker, L. Eaves.

R. KELLY, New College: `The synthesis of spetrabillin D'.
Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Monday, 2 November, 10 a.m.
Examiners: G.W.J. Fleet, L.M. Harwood.

O.V. MAIURI, Keble: `Testing of digital C-MOS ICs: the multidimensional testing paradigm'.
Thom Building, Tuesday, 6 October, 9.30 a.m.
Examiners: S. Collins, A.M. Richardson.

T. LANGLEY, Mansfield: `Studies of Mixed Oxides'.
Department of Materials, Wednesday, 30 September, 9.30 a.m.
Examiners: A.K. Petford-Long, R. Twiney.

M.J. LUNT, Jesus: `The yield stress anomaly and inverse creep in L12 single crystals'.
Department of Materials, Friday, 25 September, 10 a.m.
Examiners: M.L. Jenkins, I.P. Jones.

C.R. TIMMEL, Queen's: `Magnetic field effects on radical pair reactions'.
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Thursday, 15 October, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: K.A. McLauchlan, A.J. Hoff.

P.E. WOOD, St Catherine's: `An investigation of contact forces, flow, pressure, hysteresis, and frictional effects in brush seals'.
Thom Building, Friday, 25 September, 2 p.m.
Examiners: P.T. Ireland, C.A. Long.

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Physiological Sciences

N. ROLLS, Corpus Christi: `Morphological and secretory characteristics of anterior pituitary lactotrophs and conadotrophs'.
Department of Human Anatomy and Genetics, Wednesday, 14 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: H.M. Charlton, G. Fink.

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Psychological Studies

psychological sciences S. WAHI, St Anne's: `Young children's persuasion strategies'.
Psychology–Zoology Building, Tuesday, 29 September, 2 p.m.
Examiners: N.P. Emler, M. Bennett.

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Social Studies

T. CHANDOLA, Nuffield: `Social inequality in coronary heart disease'.
Health Services Research Unit, Thursday, 8 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: C.P. Jenkinson, K. Prandy.

T. MENGISTAE, St Antony's: `Ethiopia's urban economy: empirical essays on enterprise development and the labour market'.
Institute of Economics and Statistics, Monday, 28 September, 2 p.m.
Examiners: J.W. Gunning, A. Oswald.

P.A.A. SCHULLER, St Antony's: `Money politics and the transformation of the Japanese political system'.
Worcester, Friday, 2 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: A.J. Ware, I. Neary.

C.R. VON FRENTZ, Hertford: `The minority protection system of the League of Nations in relation to the German minority in Poland, 1920–34'.
St Anne's, Friday, 2 October, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: S.N. Macfarlane, J. Noakes.

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EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE

The examiners appointed by the following faculty board give notice of oral examination of their candidate as follows:

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Clinical Medicine

K. NASSER, University: `Role of magnetic resonance imaging in clinical management of acutely locked knee'.
Oxford Magnetic Resonance Institute, Friday, 25 September, 2 p.m.
Examiners: E.G. McNally, W. Curati-Alasonatti.