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CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

With the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, and, where applicable, of divisional boards, the following changes in regulations made by divisional and faculty boards will come into effect on 5 April.

1 Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board

M.Sc. in Computer Science

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 699, delete ll. 22–4 and insert:

`(i) Candidates shall submit a written assignment on each of seven and no more than eight topics chosen from a list of topics approved by the organising committee and published in the University Gazette by not later than the Friday of eighth week of the Trinity Term in the academic year preceding the examination. The list of courses shall be divided into two sections: Section A and Section B. Candidates shall be required to select at least four topics from Schedule B.'

2 Ibid., p. 700, l. 1, delete `three' and substitute `four'.

3 Ibid., p. 700, l. 29, delete `two' and substitute `three'.

4 Ibid., delete from p. 700, l. 42 to p. 701, l. 19.

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2 Medical Sciences Board

(a) Doctor of Medicine

With effect from 1 April 2002 (for first examination in 2004)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 916, after l. 45 insert:

`DM

1. Admission

Students qualified under Ch. VI, Sect. xi, § 3 may apply for admission as a Student for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine to the Medical Sciences Board through the Secretary of Faculties and Academic Registrar. Such applications shall be accompanied by:

(i) a completed application form (obtainable from the Graduate Studies Office);

(ii) a statement of not more than 1,500 words outlining the proposed scope of the research to be undertaken and a provisional thesis title; and, in the case of students wishing to submit published work, the following additional information:

(iii) a list of the works to be submitted, details of their publication, and a statement on whether any part of the work to be submitted has previously been accepted for a degree. A student who submits work that has been produced in collaboration shall state in respect of each item the extent of his or her own contribution. This statement must be certified by each of the senior primary authors (where he or she is not the student) in the case of each piece of collaborative work submitted.

A set of published works may constitute an acceptable dissertation but only if with the addition of a general introduction and general conclusion they form a continuous theme.

2. Confirmation of Status

Students who have been admitted to DM status, and intend to submit a dissertation for a thesis, must, not later than six terms and not earlier than three terms after admission to DM status, apply for confirmation of that status.

The requirements for confirmation of status are:

(i) completion by the student of the appropriate form

(obtainable from the Graduate Studies Office);

(ii) submission by the student of a report of no more than 2,500 words on the work undertaken since registration, including a comprehensive outline of the research topic, details of progress made, and the anticipated timetable for submission of the thesis;

(iii) completion of the appropriate form (obtainable from the Graduate Studies Office) by the Adviser at the place where the work is being undertaken.

The application shall be directed to the Graduate Studies Committee of the Medical Sciences Board, which shall appoint two assessors competent in the student's area of research (who may include the Adviser in Oxford in the case of students working outside Oxford). The assessors shall submit to the board's Graduate Studies Committee a report (using a form obtainable from the Graduate Studies Office) after considering the student's report and, if necessary, interviewing the student. Before a decision is reached on whether or not confirmation of status should be approved the Graduate Studies Committee shall take into account the comments made on the application by the Adviser at the place of work and that Adviser's biannual report.

If the Graduate Studies Committee does not consider that the student's progress warrants confirmation of status it may either: (a) permit the resubmission of the application on one further occasion not later than the third term after the original application; or (b) reject the application.

A copy of the assessors' report, amended as necessary by the Graduate Studies Committee, will normally be made available to the student.

3. Theses

The requirements for the submission of a thesis are as follows:

(i) The completion by the student of the appropriate form (obtainable from the Graduate Studies Office). The form may be submitted immediately in the case of students submitting published work as a dissertation and up to four months in advance of submitting the thesis in the case of other students.

(ii) The submission of two printed or typewritten copies of the thesis and two printed or typewritten copies of an abstract, formatted and supplied according to the instructions obtainable from the Medical Sciences Board through the Graduate Studies Office.

4. Oral Examinations

(i) The place, day, and hour of examination shall be fixed by the examiners, who shall be responsible for informing the student of them by post, and it shall be the duty of the student to ensure that any letter addressed to him or her is forwarded to him or her if away. The examiners shall allow reasonable time for receiving an acknowledgement from the student of their summons. The day shall be fixed by the examiners to suit their own convenience but they are asked, in order that the student may know what arrangements he or she may safely make, to give the student early information of the date fixed, even though it may be some considerable time ahead.

(ii) Notice of the examination shall be given by the examiners to the Graduate Studies Office.

(iii) If, owing to illness or other urgent or unforeseen cause, an examiner is unable to attend the examination, it shall be postponed to a later date, except that, if the Proctors are satisfied that postponement will be a serious hardship to the student, the examiner may authorise another person to attend the examination as a substitute. The substitute shall not be required to sign the report, but he or she shall receive such remuneration as the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors shall determine.'

2 Ibid., p. 917, l. 22, delete `and DM'.

3 Ibid., l. 23, delete `or DM'.

4 Ibid., p. 918, l. 4, delete `or "DM THESIS" as appropriate'.

5 Ibid., l. 7, delete `and DM'.

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(b) Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiologyy

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 458, delete ll. 35–9 and substitute:

`(a) Candidates taking papers in Psychology

Candidates must offer six papers for Part II unless they are taking three or more subjects in Physiological Sciences in which case the total number of papers is five. At least one and at most three of the papers must be in Psychology, the others to be chosen from those available in Philosophy and/or Physiology below. Candidates taking three papers in Psychology may offer a research project or a Library Dissertation in place of one of the three Psychology papers. Candidates taking two papers in Psychology and three papers in Physiology may offer a Research Project in place of one of the two Psychology papers.

(b) Candidates not taking papers in Psychology

Candidates must offer eight papers for Part II unless they are taking three or more subjects in Physiological Sciences in which case the total number of papers is seven.'

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3 Board of the Faculty of Law

Final Honour School of Jurisprudence

(i) With effect from 1 October 2004 (for first examination in 2005)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 241, delete l. 10.

2 Ibid., p. 242, delete l. 23.

(ii) With effect from 1 October 2005 (for first examination in 2006)

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 238, ll. 19–21 and 23–5, delete `eight standard subjects ... one special subject' and substitute `standard subjects 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 13, and 14, and either in two further standard subjects from 5–9, 11, 12, and 15–21 or in one further standard subject from 5–9, 11, 12, and 15–21, and in two special subjects.'

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4 Board of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 86, delete ll. 22–3 and substitute:

`Portuguese: The paper will consist of (a) audio or visual listening comprehension exercises; (b) translation into Portuguese; (c) monolingual exercises.'

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5 Boards of the Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and English Language and Literature

Preliminary Examination in English and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

As for the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages (see 4 above).

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6 Boards of the Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and Modern History

Preliminary Examination in Modern History and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

As for the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages (see 4 above).

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7 Boards of the Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and Oriental Studies

Preliminary Examination in European and Middle Eastern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

As for the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages (see 4 above).

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8 Boards of the Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and Philosophy

Preliminary Examination in Philosophy and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

As for the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages (see 4 above).

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9 Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies

M.Phil. in Oriental Studies (Modern Chinese Studies)

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 588, l. 10, after `(group C),' insert `or modern art and literature (combined) (group D),'.

2 Ibid., p. 589, delete ll. 24–40.

3 Ibid., p. 589, after l. 40 insert:

`Group D: Modern Art and Literature

Candidates will be introduced to the development of modern Chinese painting and fiction throughout the twentieth century. They will learn about the major artists and writers; the modes of production; influences from abroad; the effect of politics, especially extreme Leftist policies such as the Cultural Revolution; trends and fashions; and the fragmentation of contemporary arts and literature. Topics include the following:

(i) Art and Literature 1900–49

Chinese painting 1900–49; addressing the past

Chinese painting 1900–49: approaching the foreign

May 4th and Republican Fiction

Leftist ideology and practice in fiction

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(ii) Art and Literature 1949–2000

Painting 1949–79: from the Yan'an Forum to the Cultural Revolution

The Avant-garde in Art, 1979–

Taiwan fiction

Fiction and the State 1949–79

Post-reform fiction: unity to fragmentation'.

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