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M.SC IN NEUROSCIENCE

The Qualifying Examination will take place at the Examination Schools at 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 10 December 2003.

Dissertations must be handed in to the Examination Schools by noon on the following dates:

Dissertation 1: Wednesday, 21 April 2004

Dissertation 2: Friday, 20 August 2004

The viva voce examinations will take place on 8 and 9 September 2004.

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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 boards, faculty boards, and the Continuing Education Board will come into effect on 15 August.

1 Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board

(a) M.Sc. in Theoretical Chemistry

With effect from 1 October 2003

1 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 740, delete ll. 10--16 and substitute:

`6. For each lecture course, an essay topic or problem set shall be prescribed by the relevant lecturer no later than the Monday of the eighth week of the term during which the lectures are given. Completed assignments must be delivered to the M.Sc. Examiners (Theoretical Chemistry), c/o the Clerk of the Schools, Examination Schools, High St, Oxford, not later than noon on the days specified in the following schedule.

Quantum Mechanics                                   Friday second week of
                                                     Hilary Term

Statistical Mechanics                               Friday second week of
                                                     Hilary Term 

Molecular Electronic Structure                      Friday ninth week of
                                                     Hilary Term 

Applied Statistical Mechanics                       Friday second week of
                                                     Trinity Term 

Many-body quantum and statistical 
  mechanics                                         Friday ninth week of
                                                     Trinity Term 

2 Ibid., l.35, delete `Molecular Quantum Mechanics' and substitute `Molecular Electronic Structure'.

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(b) Honour School of Engineering and Materials

With effect from 1 October 2008 (for final Part II examination in 2008)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 24, delete ll. 25--6.

2 Ibid., p. 31, delete l. 10.

3 Ibid., delete from p. 177, l. 1 to p. 181, l. 28.

4 Ibid., p. 984, ll. 2--3, delete `, and in the Honour School of Engineering and Materials'.

5 Ibid., p. 1006, l. 35, delete `, or in Engineering and Materials'.

6 Ibid., p. 1007, ll. 2--3, delete `, or in the Honour School of Engineering and Materials'.

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2 Medical Sciences Board

(a) Preliminary Examination for Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology

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

In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 115, delete ll. 1--4 and substitute:

`Parametric one-way Analysis of Variance. Kruskal-Wallis non-parametric analysis of variance.'

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(b) Preliminary Examination in Medicine

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

In Examination Regulations, 2002, delete from l. 38 on p. 893 to p. 895, l. 19, and substitute:

`The examination will be in two parts. A core syllabus and an extension syllabus for both Parts I and II will be published annually at the start of the Michaelmas Term prior to the examination by the Medical Sciences Board.

Part I

The examination will assess candidates in the areas of core knowledge and understanding of core material, clinical skills, and critical-appraisal skills. Candidates must pass all five components listed below in order to pass the examination; but candidates who fail any component(s) of the examination at the first attempt need resit only the component(s) that they have failed.

1. Core Material

Candidates will be required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the principles of basic medical science as defined in the core syllabus for Part I. Two papers will be set. Paper One (one hour) will require short-note answers. Paper Two (two hours) will be in the format of problem-based questions. Each question will be marked pass or fail, and a cumulative pass/fail mark will be given for the candidate's overall performance in the two papers. The marks from these papers will not contribute to the award of a Distinction.

2. Paper 3: Medical Ethics and Systems of the Body (three hours)

This paper will be in two parts. Section A will require candidates to write on a medical ethics topic. Section B will require candidates to write on systems of the body. Opportunity will be given to integrate material from different subject areas. Candidates will be required to write three essays, one from section A and two from section B, from a wide choice of questions. The topics will be related to the extension syllabus for Part I. Candidates will be given credit for demonstrating their breadth of reading beyond the core syllabus, for their ability to synthesise evidence from different sources and produce a coherent argument, and for discussion of experimental evidence from primary literature.

3. Paper 4: Critical Appraisal (two hours)

This examination will assess the ability to appraise primary research material. The primary research paper or papers (normally not more than two) may report laboratory-based or clinical research. They will contain experimental or clinical data for interpretation but may also include descriptions of experimental methods. Candidates may be required to offer criticism of the experimental method, or of the interpretation of the results, or to draw their own inferences from the published data. Candidates must attempt all questions.

4. Clinical skills

Candidates will be required to demonstrate, in a practical examination, ability to take a clinical history, and to perform a clinical examination of the systems of the body specified in the core curriculum and, applying such practical skills as may be defined in the core syllabus published by the Medical Sciences Board.

The examination will include an assessment of the candidate's communication skills with patients, orally and/or in writing, and of his or her professional behaviour.

5. Longitudinal case study

Candidates will be required to complete a longitudinal case study during their clinical course, details of which will be published each year in the clinical course handbook. The study must include a discussion of primary literature relevant to the case being reported. This coursework must be submitted to the candidate's clinical supervisor by Friday of week 2 of Trinity Term. The clinical course organiser will forward to the Chairman of Examiners, in the week preceding the examination, a certificate, signed by the relevant clinical supervisor, of satisfactory performance by the candidate in the longitudinal case study.

General regulations for Part I of the Preliminary Examination in Medicine

The examination will be set at the end of the extended Trinity Term and at the end of the Long Vacation.

Examiners may award Distinctions for outstanding performance in Paper 3 and Paper 4 by candidates sitting the examination for the first time.

Candidates may be required, at the discretion of the examiners, to undergo an oral examination which may include a further clinical examination.

Candidates may resit the examination not more than once except by dispensation from the Medical Sciences Board.

Part II

The examination will consist of the following components. Candidates must pass all six components listed below in order to pass the examination; but candidates who fail any component(s) of the examination at the first attempt need resit only the component(s) that they have failed.

1. Paper 1: Medicine (two hours)

This paper will contain tests of core knowledge and understanding through problem-based questions. This material may basic and applied science, differential diagnosis of common diseases and simple first-line clinical investigations. The paper will be marked pass/fail only. The marks from this paper will not contribute to the overall mark in the examination, nor to the award of a Distinction.

2. Paper 2: Clinical Science (three hours)

This three-hour paper will be in two parts: section A will require candidates to write on particular topics, concentrating on single subjects; section B will require candidates to integrate material from different topic areas. Candidates will be required to write three essays, two from section A and one from section B, from a wide choice of questions. The topics will be related to the extension syllabus for Part II. Candidates will be given credit for demonstrating their breadth of reading beyond the core syllabus, their ability to synthesise evidence from different sources and produce a coherent argument, and for discussion of experimental evidence from primary literature.

3. Paper 3: Community Health (two hours)

This paper will require candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Public Health and Health Psychology. Candidates will be required to write two essays from a wide choice of questions.

4. Paper 4. Data Interpretation (two hours)

This examination will assess the ability to critically appraise primary research material. The primary research paper or papers (normally not more than two) will report clinical research. The literature will contain experimental, epidemiological or clinical data for interpretation. Candidates may be required offer criticism of the experimental method or of the interpretation of the published data (including epidemiological data), or to draw inferences from the data. Candidates must attempt all questions.

5. A clinical long case, followed by a viva

Candidates will be assessed on their clinical history and examination skills, including their communication skills and professional behaviour, and knowledge of differential diagnosis and first-line investigations.

6. An Objective Structured Clinical Examination or similar problem-based clinical assessment

Candidates will be assessed on their ability to perform a clinical examination of systems specified in the core curriculum, and on their practical skills, and on their ability to interpret and use clinical data.

7. In addition to the above examination, candidates are required to have satisfactorily completed the following courses of instruction during Year 2:

(a) Practical skills and procedures (defined in the core curriculum) to be assessed in-course. A completed checklist of these skills and procedures, signed by the appropriate Clinical Tutor or other representative nominated by the Course Director, is required as a qualification for entry to the examination. These skills may be re-sampled during the end-of-year clinical assessment.

(b) The Laboratory Medicine Course (as prescribed for the Second Examination for the Degree of BM, Year 1)

(c) Medicine (as prescribed for the Second Examination for the Degree of BM, Year 1)

(d) Surgery (as prescribed for the Second Examination for the Degree of BM, Year 1)

General regulations for Part II of the Preliminary Examination in Medicine

The examination will be set towards the end of Trinity Term and at a time to be specified by the examiners during the Long Vacation or Michaelmas Term.

Examiners may award Distinctions for outstanding performance in Papers 2, 3, and 4 by candidates sitting the examination for the first time.

Candidates may be required, at the discretion of the examiners, to undergo an oral examination which may include a further clinical examination.

Candidates may resit the examination not more than once except by dispensation from the Medical Sciences Board.'

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(c) Degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 967, delete l. 21 and substitute: `experience normally within five of the following areas:'.

2 Ibid., delete l. 35 and substitute: `the Director of the Course, normally in each of the following areas:'.

3 Ibid., l. 43, delete `Two' and substitute `One'.

4 Ibid., l. 44, delete `Each' and substitute `The'.

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3 Continuing Education Board

(a) M.Sc. by Coursework

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 670, l. 22, after `that status' insert `except where an extension of time is permitted by special regulation.'

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(b) M.Sc. in Software Engineering

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 738, l. 10, after `not more than four years' insert `subject to the Board of Studies being able to approve an extension of time of not more than three terms.'

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4 Board of the Faculty of Classics

(a) Admission to D.Phil. status

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

In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 813, l. 6, delete `10,000' and substitute `5,000'.

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(b) M.St. in Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 620, delete ll. 43–7 and substitute:

`(b) Intermediate Greek. Candidates will be expected to be familiar with An Anthology of Greek Prose, ed. D.A. Russell (Oxford University Press 1991), nos. 17, 18, 23, 24, 33, 40, 44, 66, 78. There will be one two-hour paper and one three-hour paper. The first paper will include passages for unseen translation and grammatical questions on the Russell selection. In the second paper candidates will be expected to translate from the Russell selection and also from two of the following'.

2 Ibid., p. 621, delete ll. 9–13 and substitute:

`(b) Intermediate Latin. Candidates will be expected to be familiar with An Anthology of Latin Prose, ed. D.A. Russell (Oxford University Press 1990), nos. 7, 12, 22, 23, 34, 52, and 63. There will be one two-hour paper and one three-hour paper. The first paper will include passages for unseen translation and grammatical questions on the Russell selection. In the second paper candidates will be expected to translate from the Russell selection and also from TWO of the following texts:'.

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(c) M.Phil. in Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 542, delete ll. 29–33 and substitute:

`6. Intermediate Greek. Candidates will be expected to be familiar with An Anthology of Greek Prose, ed. D.A. Russell (Oxford University Press 1991), nos. 17, 18, 23, 24, 33, 40, 44, 66, 78. There will be one two-hour paper and one three-hour paper. The first paper will include passages for unseen translation and grammatical questions on the Russell selection. In the second paper candidates will be expected to translate from the Russell selection and also from two of the following texts: (i)'.

2 Ibid., delete ll. 37–42 and substitute:

`7. Intermediate Latin. Candidates will be expected to be familiar with An Anthology of Latin Prose, ed. D.A. Russell (Oxford University Press 1990), nos. 7, 12, 22, 23, 34, 52, and 63. There will be one two-hour paper and one three-hour paper. The first paper will include passages for unseen translation and grammatical questions on the Russell selection. In the second paper candidates will be expected to translate from the Russell selection and also from two of the following texts: (i)'.

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5 Board of the Faculty of Theology

M.St. in the Study of Religion

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

In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 650, delete ll. 47–8.

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