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LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES BOARD

The Life and Environmental Sciences Board has conferred the title of University Research Lecturer on DR R.M. CHALMERS and DR M.C. WHITBY, Department of Biochemistry; DR T.P. DAWSON, School of Geography and the Environment; and on DR S.A. HARRIS, DR G.M. PRESTON, and DR J.A. SPIERS, Department of Plant Sciences.

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BOARD OF THE FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT

M.Sc. in Management Research and M.Sc. in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management

Amendment to Advanced Specialist Papers 2003

The M.Sc. Course Director has approved the following amendments to the following list of courses for the M.Sc. in Management Research and the M.Sc. in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management Advanced Specialist Papers.

M.Sc. in Management Research Specialist Papers list: delete `Sociology of Work' and substitute `Leadership'.

M.Sc. in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management: delete `Sociology of Work' and substitute `Leadership'.

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CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

With the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, and, where applicable, of the Humanities Board, the following changes in regulations made by divisional and faculty boards will come into effect on 28 October.

1 Humanities and Social Sciences Boards

(a) Preliminary Examination for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 104, l. 28, after `subjects.' insert:

`Candidates must also pursue a course of study in Information Technology, and are required to submit an information technology-based project by the first day of the Trinity Full Term in which the examination is taken.'

2 Ibid., l. 30, after `subjects' insert:

`, and has submitted a satisfactory project for the Information Technology course (as described above). Any candidate who fails to submit a project for the Information Technology course by the deadline, or whose project is deemed to be unsatisfactory, will be allowed to resubmit the project by the Monday of the week falling three weeks before First Week of the following Michaelmas Full Term. Submission of a satisfactory project is a requirement for entering the Second Public Examination'.

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(b) Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 419, l. 16, after `under the' insert `joint'.

2 Ibid., l. 17, delete `Divisional Board of', and after `Social Sciences' insert `Board and the Humanities Board'.

3 Ibid., p. 421, l. 42, delete `British Social History since 1870' and substitute `British Society in the Twentieth Century'.

4 Ibid., p. 423, l. 24 and l. 25, delete `Community' and substitute `Union'.

5 Ibid., p. 426, l. 11, delete `Further Subject' and substitute `further subject'.

6 Ibid., p. 427, l. 23, delete `Centre' and substitute `Department'.

7 Ibid., p. 432, ll. 2, 17, 19, 49, and 52, delete `chairman' and substitute `chair'.

8 Ibid., ll. 3–5, delete `care of the Administrator George Street, Oxford,'.

9 Ibid., l.12, delete `faculty board' and substitute `relevant chair or head of department'.

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(c) Pass School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 433, l. 8, after `determined' insert `jointly'.

2 Ibid., l. 9, delete `Divisional Board of', and after `Social Sciences' insert `Board and the Humanities Board'.

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2 Social Sciences Board

(a) M.Sc. in Politics Research

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 672, delete ll. 11–12, and on l. 29, after `Politics' insert `and International Relations'.

2 Ibid., p.730, l. 36, after `Politics' insert `and Inter- national Relations'.

3 Ibid., ll. 37, 38, 39, and 40, after `Politics' insert `and International Relations'.

4 Ibid., l. 47, after `classes' insert `from the Department's Research Methods Training Programme'.

5 Ibid., p. 731, l. 4, after `Latin American Studies,' insert `the M.Phil. in Chinese Studies, the M.Phil. in International Relations,'.

6 Ibid., p. 731, ll. 6, 16, 19, 24, and 25, after `Committee' insert `and the International Relations Graduate Studies Committee'.

7 Ibid., l. 23, after `Latin American Studies,' insert `the M.Phil. in Chinese Studies, the M.Phil. in International Relations,'.

8 Ibid., ll. 35, and 41, after `Politics' insert `and International Relations'.

9 Ibid., p. 981, delete l. 6.

10 Ibid., l. 7, after `Politics' insert `and International Relations'.

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(b) M.Sc. in International Relations Research

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2002, delete from l.13 on p. 720 to l. 25 on p. 721.

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(c) M.Phil.s in Politics (Comparative Government, Political Theory, European Politics and Society)

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 490, l. 2, delete `European Politics and Society,'.

2 Ibid., l. 7 after `Politics' insert `(Comparative Government, Political Theory, European Politics and Society)'.

3 Ibid., delete l. 33.

4 Ibid., p. 491, l. 10 after `Politics' insert `(Comparative Government, Political Theory, European Politics and Society)'.

5 Ibid., delete from p. 535, l. 24 to p. 537, l. 48.

6 Ibid., p. 573, l. 35, delete `work-book' and substitute `coursework'.

7 Ibid., p. 574, l. 16, delete `list e–ag' and substitute `following list: b, e–ag'.

8 Ibid., l. 17, after `Candidates may' insert `,'.

9 Ibid., l. 36, delete `economics' and substitute `economic'.

10 Ibid., p. 577, l. 20, delete `Heyek' and substitute `Hayek'.

11 Ibid., l. 47, delete `EMS' and substitute `European Monetary System' and delete `. External' and substitute `; external'.

12 Ibid., l. 48, delete `35'.

13 Ibid., l. 49, delete `LDCs; Economic' and substitute `Less Developed Countries; economic'.

14 Ibid., p. 578, l. 2 and l. 5, delete `cold war' and substitute `Cold War'.

15 Ibid., l. 4, delete `detente' and substitute `dÄtente'.

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(d) M.Phil. in International Relations

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 546, l. 19, after `coverage' insert `are'.

2 Ibid., ll. 34–8, delete `at the discretion ... following Michaelmas Term.' and substitute:

`retake it in the eighth week of the same Trinity Term. Candidates who fail the research design essay or the course work submitted for the research modules may resubmit their work on the Friday of the week falling two weeks before Week One of the following Michaelmas Term.'

3 Ibid., ll. 45–6, delete `Two hard-bound copies of the' and substitute `The'.

4 Ibid., p. 547, l. 1, after `War' delete `,' and substitute `;'.

5 Ibid., l. 9, delete `europe' and substitute `Europe'.

6 Ibid., l. 20, before `neo-Marxist' delete `,' and substitute `;'.

7 Ibid., l. 25 and l. 28, delete `cold war' and substitute `Cold War'.

8 Ibid., p. 548, l. 40, l. 42, and l. 45, delete `cold war' and substitute `Cold War'.

9 Ibid., p. 549, l.25, delete `ancient'.

10 Ibid., p. 550, l. 9, after `annually by the' insert `International Relations'.

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3 Board of the Faculty of Modern History

(a) M.Phil. in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

With effect from 1 October 2003 (for first examination in 2005)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 490, l. 4, after `Roman History', insert `History of Science, Medicine, and Technology'.

2 Ibid., after l. 38 insert:

`History of Science, Medicine, and Technology—Modern History'.

3 Ibid., p. 546, after l. 2 insert:

`History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

(See also the general notice at the commencement of these regulations.)

The regulations of the Board of the Faculty of Modern History are as follows:

1. Every candidate must follow for at least six terms a course of instruction in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, and must upon entering for the examination produce from his or her society a certificate to that effect.

2. The examination will consist of the following parts:

Qualifying test

Every candidate must pass a qualifying test. The test shall consist of the satisfactory completion of two courses on

(1) Methods and themes in economic and social history: an introduction to research.

(2) Either Methods and themes in the history of medicine (if the candidate's dissertation project lies in the field of history of medicine) or Methods and themes in the history of science and technology (if the candidate's dissertation project lies in the field of history of science and technology).

A paper from another established course within the University may be substituted for one of the standard courses where this would provide a more appropriate training for the candidate's dissertation focus. Such a choice will need formal approval from both the Course Director and the Chairman of the Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Modern History.

The organisers of each course shall not later than the Friday of the sixth week of the Trinity Term preceding the examination submit to the examiners a list of candidates who have satisfactorily completed a qualifying course. No candidate who has failed the qualifying test of two courses will be permitted to supplicate for the degree. Candidates who fail a qualifying course once will be permitted to take it again, not later than one year after the initial attempt.

Final examination

The examination shall consist of four papers and a dissertation. I. Three advanced papers at least two of which must be selected from Schedule I below (`Advanced Papers for the M.Phil. and M.Sc. in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology'), and not more than one from any other M.Phil., the choice of which must be approved by the chairman of the Graduate Studies Committee of the Modern History Board not later than Monday of the fourth week of the second Michaelmas Term of the course.

Candidates must take at least two of their advanced papers as three-hour written examinations. For each of their remaining advanced papers candidates must choose to be assessed either by written examination or by two 5,000-word essays. Essays may only be submitted in lieu of written papers for subjects in Schedule I or for papers from other M.Phil.s where similar provision exists in the regulations for those examinations. The essays must be the work of the candidates alone and they must not consult any other person including their supervisors in any way concerning the method of handling the themes chosen. The themes chosen by the candidate must be submitted for approval by the chairman of examiners, c/o the Clerk of the Schools, High Street, Oxford, not later than the Monday of the fifth week of Hilary Term. Candidates will be informed within two weeks, by means of a letter directed to their colleges, whether the topics they have submitted have been approved. The finished essays must be delivered by the candidate to the Clerk of the Schools, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, by noon on Monday of the third week of Trinity Full Term.

The essays must be presented in proper scholarly form, and two typed copies of each must be submitted. Candidates may be examined viva voce on the subjects on which they submit essays. Candidates who have not delivered essays as prescribed by the due date on any of their subjects must sit the written examination in those subjects.

II. Either (i) one paper in a discipline or skill or sources or methods selected from Schedule II below.

or (ii) A fourth advanced paper selected from Schedule I or from any additional list of papers for the M.Phil. and M.Sc. in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Modern History and published in the definitive list of Advanced Papers as set out in Schedule I.

III. A dissertation of not more than 30,000 words, including appendices but excluding bibliography on a topic approved by the candidate's supervisor. The dissertation must be delivered not later than noon on the Monday of the first week of the Trinity Full Term in which the examination is to be taken to the Clerk of the Schools, High Street, Oxford. Dissertations submitted must not exceed the permitted length. If they do the examiners will reduce the marks awarded.

The presentation and footnotes should comply with the requirements specified in the Regulations of the General Board for the degree of M.Litt. and D.Phil. and follow the Conventions for the presentation of dissertations and theses of the Board of the Faculty of Modern History.

Each dissertation must include a short abstract which concisely summarises its scope and principal arguments, in about 300 words.

Candidates must submit by the specified date two copies of their dissertations. These must be securely and firmly bound in either hard or soft covers. One copy of an M.Phil. dissertation which is approved by the examiners must be deposited in the Bodleian Library.

This finalised copy should incorporate any corrections or amendments which the examiners may have requested. It must be in a permanently fixed binding, drilled and sewn, in a stiff board case in library buckram, in a dark colour, and lettered on the spine with the candidate's name and initials, the degree, and the year of submission.

3. Candidates may, if they so wish, be examined in up to two of their four papers (or submit essays in lieu of these papers as provided for above) at the end of their first year.

4. The examiners will permit the use of any hand-held pocket calculator subject to the conditions set out below under the heading `Use of calculators in examinations' in the Special Regulations concerning Examinations.

5. Each candidate must attend an oral examination when required to do so by the examiners.

6. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

7. If it is the opinion of the examiners that the work done by a candidate, while not of sufficient merit to qualify for the degree of M.Phil., is nevertheless of sufficient merit to qualify for the degree of Master of Science in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, the candidate shall be given the option of resitting the M.Phil. (as provided by Ch. VI, Sect. vi, § 2, para. 4) or of being granted leave to supplicate for the degree of Master of Science.

8. A candidate who fails the examination will be permitted to retake it on one further occasion only, not later than one year after the initial attempt.

Such a candidate whose dissertation has been of a 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.

Schedule I

Advanced Papers for the M.Phil. and M.Sc. in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

A broad range of the course resources are shared with the corresponding courses in Economic and Social History, and Advanced Papers are therefore available in the subject areas listed here.

1. Economic and business history

2. History of science and technology

3. Social history

4. Historical demography

5. History of medicine

A descriptive list of Advanced Papers will be published by the Board of the Faculty of Modern History in September for the academic year ahead (not all options may be available in every year). The definitive list of the titles of Advanced Papers for any one year will be circulated to candidates and their supervisors and posted on the Faculty notice board not later than Friday of Third Week of Michaelmas Term.

Schedule II

The paper in a relevant discipline or skill may be:

1. One of the papers from the M.Phil. in Economics.

2. One of the papers from the M.Phil. in Sociology or in Comparative Social Policy.

3. One of the papers from the M.Phil. in Russian and East European Studies.

4. One suitable paper from another Master's degree under the auspices of the Faculty of Modern History approved from time to time by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of Modern History.

5. One suitable paper from another Master's degree on the recommendation of the candidate's supervisor and endorsed by the Course Director.

Choices under Schedule II have to be approved by the Chairman of the Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Modern History not later than Monday of the fourth week of the second Michaelmas Term of the course. Candidates wishing to take a paper under 1, 2, 3, or 5 will also need the approval of the appropriate course convener and the Graduate Studies Committee of the relevant faculty board or inter-faculty committee who need to be satisfied that each candidate has an adequate background in the subject. Not all options may be available in any one year.'

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(b) M.Sc. in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

With effect from 1 October 2003 (for first examination in 2004)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 672, after 1. 5 insert:
`History of Science, Medicine,       Modern History'.  
   and Technology 
2 Ibid., p. 714, after 1. 45 insert:

`History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

(See also the general notice at the commencement of these regulations.)

The regulations of the Board of the Faculty of Modern History are as follows:

1. Every candidate must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, and must upon entering for the examination produce from his or her society a certificate to that effect.

2. The examination will consist of the following parts:

Qualifying test

Every candidate must pass a qualifying test. The test shall consist of the satisfactory completion of two courses on

(1) Methods and themes in economic and social history: an introduction to research.

(2) Either Methods and themes in the history of medicine (if the candidate's dissertation project lies in the field of history of medicine) or Methods and themes in the history of science and technology (if the candidate's dissertation project lies in the field of history of science and technology).

A paper from another established course within the University may be substituted for one of the standard courses where this would provide a more appropriate training for the candidate's dissertation focus. Such a choice will need formal approval from both the Course Director and the Chairman of the Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Modern History.

The organisers of each course shall not later than the Friday of the sixth week of the Trinity Term preceding the examination submit to the examiners a list of candidates who have satisfactorily completed a qualifying course. No candidate who has failed the qualifying test of two courses will be permitted to supplicate for the degree. Candidates who fail a qualifying course once will be permitted to take it again, not later than one year after the initial attempt.

Final examinations

The examination shall consist of two papers and a dissertation.

Candidates must take at least one of their papers as a three-hour written examination. For the remaining paper candidates must choose to be assessed either by written examination or by two 5,000-word essays. Essays may only be submitted in lieu of written papers for subjects in Schedule I below (`Advanced Papers for M.Phil. and M.Sc. in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology') or for other papers permitted in Schedule II below where similar provision exists in the regulations for those examinations. The essays must be the work of the candidates alone and they must not consult any other person including their supervisors in any way concerning the method of handling the themes chosen. The themes chosen by the candidate must be submitted for approval by the chairman of examiners, c/o the Clerk of the Schools, High Street, Oxford, not later than the Monday of the fifth week of Hilary Term. Candidates will be informed within two weeks, by means of a letter directed to their colleges, whether the topics they have submitted have been approved. The finished essays must be delivered by the candidate to the Clerk of the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, by noon on Monday of the third week of Trinity Full Term. The essays must be presented in proper scholarly form, and two typed copies of each must be submitted. Candidates may be examined viva voce on the subjects on which they submit essays. Candidates who have not delivered essays as prescribed by the due date on any of their subjects must sit the written examination in those subjects. I. One advanced paper selected from Schedule I below.

II. Either (i) one paper in a relevant discipline or skill or sources or methods selected from Schedule II below;

or (ii) a second advanced paper selected from Schedule I or from any additional list of papers for the M.Phil. and M.Sc. in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Modern History and published in the definitive list of Advanced Papers as set out in Schedule I.

III. A dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, including appendices but excluding bibliography, on a topic approved by the candidate's supervisor. The dissertation must be delivered not later than noon on the last Monday in September of the year in which the examination is taken to the Clerk of the Schools, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford. Dissertations submitted must not exceed the permitted length. If they do the examiners will reduce the marks awarded. The presentation and footnotes should comply with the requirements specified in the Regulations of the General Board for the degrees of M.Litt. and D.Phil. and follow the Conventions for the presentation of dissertations and theses of the Board of the Faculty of Modern History Each dissertation must include a short abstract which concisely summarises its scope and principal arguments, in about 300 words.

Candidates must submit by the specified date two copies of their dissertations. These must be securely and firmly bound in either hard or soft covers.

3. The examiners will permit the use of any hand-held pocket calculator subject to the conditions set out below under the heading `Use of calculators in examinations' in the Special Regulations concerning Examinations.

4. Each candidate must attend an oral examination when required to do so by the examiners.

5. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

6. A candidate who fails the examination will be permitted to retake it on one further occasion only, not later than one year after the initial attempt.

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.

Schedule I

Advanced Papers for the M.Phil. and M.Sc. in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

A broad range of the course resources are shared with the corresponding courses in Economic and Social History, and Advanced Papers are therefore available in the subject areas listed here.

1. Economic and business history

2. History of science and technology

3. Social history

4. Historical demography

5. History of medicine

A descriptive list of Advanced Papers will be published by the Board of the Faculty of Modern History in September for the academic year ahead (not all options may be available in every year). The definitive list of the titles of Advanced Papers for any one year will be circulated to candidates and their supervisors and posted on the Faculty notice board not later than Friday of Third Week of Michaelmas Term.

Schedule II

The paper in a relevant discipline or skill may be:

1. One of the papers from the M.Phil. in Sociology or in Comparative Social Policy.

2. One suitable paper from another Master's degree under the auspices of the Faculty of Modern History approved from time to time by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Modern History.

3. One suitable paper in a related skill or discipline other than those specified in paragraphs 1 to 2 above on the recommendation of the candidate's supervisor and endorsed by the Course Director.

Choices under Schedule II have to be approved by the Chairman of the Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Modern History not later than Monday of the fourth week of Michaelmas Term. Candidates wishing to take a paper under 1 or 3 will also need the approval of the appropriate course convener and the Graduate Studies Committee of the relevant faculty board or inter-faculty committee who need to be satisfied that each candidate has an adequate background in the subject. Not all options may be available in any one year.'

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