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Oxford University Gazette, 1 March 2007: Examinations and Boards

Changes in Regulations

With the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, and of the Humanities Board, the following changes in regulations made by boards of faculties will come into effect on 16 March.

1 Board of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

Honour School of Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2008 (for first examination in 2009)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 401, l. 20, delete 'Russian: 1660–1820', and substitute 'Russian: 1660–1830'.

2 Ibid., p. 402, l. 1, delete 'Russian: 1820–1917', and substitute 'Russian: 1820–1953'.


2 Boards of the Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and Classics

Honour School of Classics and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2008 (for first examination in 2009)

As for the Honour School of Modern Languages (see 1 above).


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

Honour School of European and Middle Eastern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2008 (for first examination in 2009)

As for the Honour School of Modern Languages (see 1 above).


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

Honour School of English and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2008 (for first examination in 2009)

As for the Honour School of Modern Languages (see 1 above).


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

Honour School of Modern History and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2008 (for first examination in 2009)

As for the Honour School of Modern Languages (see 1 above).


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

Honour School of Philosophy and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2008 (for first examination in 2009)

As for the Honour School of Modern Languages (see 1 above).

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7 Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies

(a) M.Phil in Oriental Studies (xiv): Modern Chinese Art

With effect from 1 October 2007 (for first examination in 2008)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 620, after l. 42, add new line: '(xiv) Modern Chinese Art'.

2 Ibid., p. 634, l. 24, insert:

'(xiv) Modern Chinese Art

I. Qualifying Examination

Candidates are required to spend a period of at least four months on an approved course of language study in East Asia unless exempted by the Oriental Studies Faculty Board. Every candidate must pass a qualifying examination before the end of the third term from the candidate's admission to the M.Phil degree programme. The examination shall take place not later than the end of the second term from the candidate's admission to the programme. Full details of the Qualifying Examination will be provided in the examination conventions, which will be made available to the candidates in the eighth week of the first term of the candidate's admission. Candidates must make their entries for the Qualifying Examination on the appropriate form by Friday in the eighth week of the first term of the candidate's admission. Candidates who fail either or both parts of the Qualifying Examination may be allowed to retake that part or parts at the end of the Long Vacation of the first year of the course.

The Qualifying Examination shall consist of two parts, as follows:

(1) General paper on Modern China. This is a single, three-hour examination paper on topics on Modern China, which all candidates study in a course of lectures, classes, and tutorials during the first and second terms of the first year. Details of this two-term course shall be provided in the M.Phil handbook and the course syllabus available from the Course Director. (2) Two Chinese language papers (one written, one oral). All candidates must offer one written and one oral Chinese paper. The oral paper will consist of individual tests to assess pronunciation, fluency and use of Chinese. The written paper will be of a duration of three hours and will comprise unseen translations from English to Chinese and from Chinese into English, grammatical analysis of Chinese sentences and a Chinese vocabulary test.

II. Final Examination

No candidate shall enter the Final Examination unless he or she has already passed the two parts of the first-year Qualifying Examination. The examination shall take place not later than the end of the third term of the second year from the candidate's admission to the M.Phil degree programme. Full details of the examination will be provided in the examination conventions that will be made available to the candidates in the second term of the second year of the course. Candidates must make their entries for the Final Examination by filling out the appropriate examination entry form by Monday of the second week of the Michaelmas Term of the second year from the candidate's admission to the course. A candidate who fails this 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. The Final Examination shall consist of four parts, as follows:

(1) Thesis. The thesis will be not more than 20,000 words on a subject approved by the Oriental Studies Faculty Board. Applications for approval of the thesis subject must reach the Secretary, Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oriental Institute, on or before Monday in the second week of Michaelmas Full Term preceding the examination. It must be, delivered to the Clerk of the Schools, High Street, Oxford, by Noon of Monday of the Second Week of Trinity Term of the second year from the candidate's admission to the course. The thesis must be accompanied by a statement that it is the candidate's own work except where otherwise indicated. Successful candidates will be required to deposit one copy of the thesis in the Bodleian Library, and to sign a form stating whether they give permission for it to be consulted.

(2), (3) Two written papers on Modern Chinese Art: (i) Art 1900–49; (ii) Art 1949–2000.

(4) Two Chinese language papers (one oral, one written). The Oral examination will consist of two parts: a comprehension group test and an individual test. Full details of the oral examination will be provided in the course handbook and the examination conventions. The written language paper will be of a duration of three hours and will comprise a translation into Chinese, comprehension exercise, and translation into English. The papers under (2), (3), and (4) above will be taken in the Eighth Week of the third term of the final year. The examiners may examine any candidate viva voce.'


(b) M.Phil in Oriental Studies (i): Cuneiform Studies

With effect from 1 October 2007 (for first examination in 2008)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 621, l. 41, after 'examination in', insert 'the', and after 'Sumerian and Akkadian', insert 'languages'.

2 Ibid., l.43, delete 'to offer the following papers' and insert:

'Final examination

Candidates will be required to offer the following papers:'.

3 Ibid., ll. 44–6, delete from '1. The Sumerian language, including the following set books:' to ' (ii) Sumerian legal records' and substitute:

'1. Prepared translations of Sumerian texts (1 paper)'.

4 Ibid., p. 622, ll. 1–23, delete from '2, 3. Akkadian set books' to 'will be permitted for paper 4.' and substitute:

'2. Prepared translations of Akkadian texts (1 paper) A list of prepared texts in the Sumerian and Akkadian languages will be provided to the candidate after he or she has successfully passed the qualifying examination.

3. Unprepared translations of Akkadian

The use of A Concise Dictionary of Akkadian and R. Labat, Manuel d'épigraphie akkadienne will be permitted for paper 3.

4. History and Culture of ancient Mesopotamia (1 paper):

Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of the outlines of all aspects of Mesopotamian history, including political, social, economic, and cultural developments. They will be required to submit two essays each of not more than 5,000 words in length, which display knowledge of more than just a narrow range of the topic.

Candidates are required to agree the subject of the essays with their teachers by the end of week 1 of Michaelmas Term of the second year of the course for the first essay and by the end of week 1 of Hilary Term of the second year of the course for the second essay. The essays must be submitted by weeks 8 of Michaelmas Term and Hilary Term respectively.'

5 Ibid., ll. 24–5, delete from '5. General questions on' to 'and economics.' and substitute:

'5. The Cuneiform World in Context:

(a) Candidates must be able to integrate the study of the cuneiform world into the wider context of the Near East (one half paper). Three approaches may be pursued:

(1) the cuneiform world and the ancient Near East, i.e. the Hittite, Egyptian, and Biblical worlds.

(2) The cuneiform world and the ancient Mediterranean, i.e. Graeco-Roman antiquity.

(3) the cuneiform world and the later Near East, i.e. late antique and medieval periods.

Candidates must specify which of these approaches they will pursue not later than the end of the third term after that in which their name has been placed on the register. Not all options may be available every year.

(b) Approaches to the study of Assyriology (one half paper):

Questions will be set on method, theory, bibliography, and the history of Assyriology. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of how to research any subject relating to cuneiform studies, and how to evaluate critically the contributions of disciplines, such as anthropology, archaeology, art history, history, and literary criticism, to the study of the cuneiform world.'

6 Ibid., l. 26, after '20,000 words' insert 'on a subject approved by the board. The thesis needs to include a substantial cuneiform element. The thesis should be presented not later than noon on the Friday of the second week of Trinity Term in which the examination is taken.'


(c) M.Phil Oriental Studies (xii): Modern Chinese Art and Literature

With effect from 1 October 2008 (for first examination in 2009)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 620, delete l. 40 and renumber subsequent lines.

2 Ibid., p. 632, delete ll. 42–53.

3 Ibid., p. 633, delete ll. 1–53.

4 Ibid., p. 634, delete ll. 1–2.

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8 Board of the Faculty of Theology

(a) Honour School of Theology

With effect from 1 October 2008 (for first examination in 2009)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 518, ll. 41–2, delete 'Humanities and Social Sciences Divisional Offices, 34 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LH' and substitute 'Theology Faculty Centre, 41 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LW'.

2 Ibid., p. 519, l. 12, delete 'which can be collected from' and substitute 'which can be found in the Handbook or collected from'.

3 Ibid., l. 23, delete '.' and substitute ', save that in clause 2, approval must be sought not later than Friday in the fourth week of Michaelmas Term in the year of the examination.'

4 Ibid., p. 523, l. 46, after 'flourished. ', insert 'Candidates will be required to comment on passages from the prescribed texts in English, and will be given an opportunity to comment upon the Hebrew text of certain selected passages.'

5 Ibid., p. 524, l. 12, after 'examination.' insert 'Candidates will be required to comment on passages from the prescribed texts in English, and will be given an opportunity to comment upon the Arabic text of certain selected passages.'


(b) M.St in Theology

With effect from 1 October 2006 (for first examination in 2007)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 720, as amended in Gazette, 27 July 2006, Supplement (1) to No. 4778, p. 1387, delete para. 1 under section 6. Syllabus and substitute:

'The subject areas within which work may be submitted are: Old Testament, New Testament, Christian Doctrine, Ecclesiastical History, Christian Ethics, Science and Religion, and Biblical Interpretation.'

2 Ibid., p. 724, l. 15, insert:

'VII Biblical Interpretation

Candidates may take an examination on the following:

The History and Principles of Biblical Study with special reference to a selected period.'

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