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Oxford University Gazette, 14 May 2009: Examinations and Boards

Appointments and Reappointments

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division

Appointments

UNIVERSITY LECTURERS

VLATKO VEDRAL, B.SC PH.D Imp Lond, Fellow-elect of Wolfson College. In Theoretical Quantum Optics. From 1 June 2009 until 31 May 2014.
Conferment of title. On behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee, the Vice-Chancellor has awarded the title of Professor of Quantum Information Science until Dr Vedral.

ALAN HAMMOND, BA CASM Camb, PH.D Berkeley, Fellow-elect of St Hugh's College. In Statistics. From 1 September 2009 until 31 August 2014.


Reappointments

UNIVERSITY LECTURERS

DR ZHONGMIN QIAN. In Mathematics. From 1 October 2009 until the retiring age.

DR CONSTANTIN COUSSIOS. In Biomedical Engineering (Drug Delivery). From 1 January 2009 until the retiring age.

PROFESSOR CHRIS HOLMES. In Statistical Genomics. From 17 February 2009 until the retiring age.

PROFESSOR GILEAN MCVEAN. In Mathematical Genetics. From 15 April 2009 until the retiring age.

DR LEE SWEETLOVE. In Plant Sciences. From 1 January 2010 until the retiring age.

DR THOMAS POVEY. In Mechanical Engineering. From 1 October 2009 until the retiring age.

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Board of the Faculty of Theology

Set texts for the M.St in Theology 2009

In accordance with current regulations (which are not correctly set out in the current red book), the Graduate Studies Committee has approved the following set texts for the Master of Studies:

New Testament. To be set in Greek:

Gospel of Mark

Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians

Paul's Letter to the Galatians

Old Testament. To be set in Hebrew:

Exodus 20 and 24

Nehemiah 4–8

Psalms 1–3; 8; 22–24; 48; 96

Isaiah 1; 6–8; 40–41

Doctrine A (Patristics). To be set in Greek:

Justin Martyr, First Apology, ed. A. Wartelle (1987)

Excerpts from Marcion in Epiphanius of Salamis, Panarion (GCS edition)

Doctrine (Scholastic Theology). To be set in Latin:

Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae

  • Prima Pars, questions 1–3
  • Prima Pars, question 13
  • Prima Secundae, questions 61 and 62
  • Secunda Secundae, question 23
  • Tertia Pars, question 56
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Changes in Regulations

With the approval of the Humanities Board, and, if appropriate, of the Education Committee of Council, the following changes in regulations made by the Board of the Faculty of History will come into effect on 29 May.

Board of the Faculty of History

(a) M.St in Global and Imperial History

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 604, after l. 5, insert:

        `Global and Imperial History   History'. 
        

2 Ibid., p. 625, after l. 22, insert:

'Global and Imperial History

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

1. Candidates for this degree must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction and directed research and must, upon entering the examination, produce from their society a certificate to that effect.

2. Candidates must attend such lectures, seminars and classes as their supervisor shall determine. In addition to the formally examined programme elements described below, each candidate will be expected to attend and complete in-course requirements for a series of skills and specialist options based on a schedule to be published from year to year by the Faculty's Graduate Studies Committee.

3. The final examination shall comprise (i) two extended essays of between 4,000 and 5,000 words based on an Advanced Option, (ii) one three-hour examination paper based on the programme's conceptual and methodological component, and (iii) a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

I. The programme has three streams, providing the following distinct Advanced Options:

(i) Imperial History since c.1840;

(ii) South Asian History: aspects of social change in South Asia, c.1860 to the present;

(iii) East Asian History: history and historiography of modern China.

Two copies of the two essays, addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the Master of Studies in Global and Imperial History, must be submitted to the Examination Schools by 12 noon on Monday of Week Nine of Hilary Term. The essays should reflect the skills and understanding acquired by the candidate through attending the Advanced Option classes. One of the essays may complement—but must not share significant content with—the dissertation, and the essays are also expected to be distinct from each other in period or issues covered.

II. Each candidate must sit a three-hour written examination on conceptual and methodological issues relating to their chosen stream through the course:

(i) Imperial History: concepts and methods of imperial history;

(ii) South Asian History: concepts and methods in South Asian History;

(iii) East Asian History: Research methods (East Asia).

III. Each candidate must submit a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on a topic in the candidate's chosen subject area. The dissertation must include a short abstract which concisely summarises in about 300 words its scope and principal arguments. Two copies of the dissertation, addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the Master of Studies in Global and Imperial History, must be submitted to the Examination Schools by 12 noon on Monday of Week Six of Trinity Term. Material submitted under I and II may be summarised or substantially further developed in the dissertation, but no significant part of the dissertation should reproduce or paraphrase other work submitted for examination.

4. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates who have performed with special merit in the whole examination.

5. 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.'


(b) M.St in US History

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 604, after l. 44, insert:

        `US History                    History'. 

2 Ibid., p. 669, after l. 30, insert:

'US History

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

1. Candidates for this degree must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction and directed research and must, upon entering the examination, produce from their society a certificate to that effect.

2. Candidates must attend such lectures, seminars and classes as their supervisor shall determine. In addition to the formally examined programme elements described below, each candidate will be expected to attend and complete in-course requirements for a series of skills and specialist options based on a schedule to be published from year to year by the Faculty's Graduate Studies Committee.

3. The final examination shall comprise (i) two extended essays of between 4,000 and 5,000 words based on the Advanced Option, (ii) one examination paper based on the programme's conceptual and methodological component, and (iii) a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

I. There is currently only one Advanced Option in the 'History of the United States, and the colonies that preceded it, since 1600', which is supplemented by tutorial sessions which enable candidates and supervisors to tailor their studies to individual training needs. Two copies of the two essays, addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the Master of Studies in US History, must be submitted to the Examination Schools by 12 noon on Monday of Week Nine of Hilary Term. The essays should reflect skills and understanding the candidate has acquired through attending the Advanced Option classes, one of them may complement but must not share significant content with the dissertation, and the essays are also expected to be distinct from each other in period or issue covered.

II. The corresponding examination paper on conceptual and methodological issues is "Methods and evidence in the History of the United States of America" ;.

III. Candidates must prepare a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on a topic in his or her chosen subject area. The dissertation must include a short abstract which concisely summarises in about 300 words its scope and principal arguments. Two copies of the dissertation, addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the Master of Studies in US History, must be submitted to the Examination Schools by 12 noon on Monday of Week Six of Trinity Term.

Material submitted under I and II may be summarised or substantially further developed in the dissertation, but no significant part of the dissertation should reproduce or paraphrase other work submitted for examination.

4. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates who have performed with special merit in the whole examination.

5. 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.'


(c) M.St in Modern British and European History

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 604, delete l. 10.

2 Ibid., after l. 30, insert:

        `Modern British and European History      History'. 

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3 Ibid., delete p. 633, l. 26, to p. 635, l. 13. 4 Ibid., p. 653, after l. 17, insert:

'Modern British and European History

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

1. Candidates for this degree must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction and directed research and must, upon entering the examination, produce from their society a certificate to that effect.

2. Candidates must attend such lectures, seminars and classes as their supervisor shall determine. In addition to the formally examined programme elements described below, each candidate will be expected to attend and complete in-course requirements for a series of skills and specialist options based on a schedule to be published from year to year by the Faculty's Graduate Studies Committee. The candidate's individual programme, agreed with her/his supervisor, will be subject to approval by the Director of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the programme convener, by Friday of Week One of Michaelmas Term; subsequent changes must be agreed by the Director of Graduate Studies not later than Friday of Week Three of Hilary Term. Class teachers will report to the Chairman of Examiners on the candidate's attendance and participation, and, where appropriate, test results, not later than Monday of Week Nine of Hilary Term, except in the case of three-term language classes where the respective reporting deadline will be Monday of Week Nine of Trinity Term.

3. The final examination for candidates in British and European History shall comprise (i) one extended essay based on the programme's theory component, (ii) one dissertation proposal, (iii) one extended essay based on an Advanced Option, and (iv) a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

I. During Michaelmas Term each candidate will attend core classes on historical theory and methodological approaches as well as a series of classes on sources and resources. The core classes will be assessed by an extended essay of between 4,000 and 5,000 words, and the sources and resources component by a dissertation proposal of between 800 and 1,000 words. Two copies of the essay and proposal, addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the Master of Studies in Modern British and European History, must be submitted to the Examination Schools by 12 noon on Monday of Week One of Hilary Term.

II. In Hilary Term candidates must choose one Advanced Option, either from the joint Advanced Options for the Master of Studies in Modern British and European History and the Master of Philosophy in Modern British and European History, or from the Advanced Options from one of the Faculty of History's other Master's programmes. The choice of Advance Option will depend on the candidate's training objectives or dissertation project. Details of available Advanced Options are published in course handbooks. Approval of the Advanced Option choice must be obtained from the programme convener and Director of Graduate Studies by Friday of Week Four of Michaelmas Term. The request for approval must be sent to the History Graduate Office. On recommendation from the candidate's supervisor, the Director of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the programme convener, may approve relevant taught papers from Master's programmes offered by faculties other than History, provided that the respective faculty's Graduate Studies Committee is satisfied that the candidate has an adequate background in the subject. This part of the programme will be assessed by one extended essay of between 4,000 and 5,000 words. Two copies of the essay, addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the Master of Studies in Modern British and European History, must be submitted to the Examination Schools by 12 noon on Monday of Week Nine of Hilary Term. This essay should reflect skills and understanding the candidate has developed by following the approved choice of Advanced Option paper. This essay may complement but must not share significant content with the essay submitted under I. above. Teaching may not be available for all the Advanced Options each year, and restrictions may be imposed on the combination of Advanced Options that may be taken in a particular year.

III. Each candidate must prepare a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on a topic in his or her chosen subject area. The dissertation must include a short abstract which concisely summarises in about 300 words its scope and principal arguments. Two copies of the dissertation, addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the Master of Studies in Modern British and European History, must be submitted to the Examination Schools by 12 noon of Monday of Week Six of Trinity Term. Material submitted under I and II may be summarised or substantially further developed in the dissertation, but no significant part of the dissertation should reproduce or paraphrase other work submitted for examination.

4. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates who have performed with special merit in the whole examination.

5. 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.'


(d) M.St in Historical Research

With effect from 1 October 2009

1 Examination Regulations, 2008, delete p. 604, delete l. 9

        `Historical Research           History'.

2 Ibid., delete p. 632, l. 14, to p. 633, l. 25.


(e) M.St in Medieval History

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 650, delete ll. 48–49, and renumber the following paragraphs accordingly.


(f) M.St in History of Art and Visual Culture

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 635, l. 33, delete 'the Professor of the History of Art' and substitute 'the Head of the Department of History of Art'. 2 Ibid., ll. 38–41, delete 'their dissertation, by... OX1 4BG' and substitute 'their dissertation on the examination entry form'.

3 Ibid., l. 43, delete 'at the same address' and substitute 'for the M.St in History of Art and Visual Culture, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG'.

4 Ibid., p. 636, delete ll. 56, and renumber the following paragraphs accordingly.


(g) M.Phil in Modern British and European History

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 486, l. 10, delete 'Modern European History' and substitute 'Modern British and European History'.

2 Ibid., p. 487, l. 15, delete 'Modern European History—History' and substitute 'Modern British and European History—History'.

3 Ibid., delete from l. 25, p. 553, to l. 48, p. 555.

4 Ibid., p. 553, after l. 48 insert:

'Modern British and European History

FOR STUDENTS ADMITTED FROM 1 OCTOBER 2009:

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

1. Candidates for the Master of Philosophy in Modern British and European History must follow for at least six terms a course of instruction and directed research and must, upon entering the examination, produce from their society a certificate to that effect.

2. Candidates must attend such lectures, seminars and classes as their supervisor shall determine. In addition to the formally examined programme elements described below, each candidate will be expected to attend and complete in-course requirements for a series of skills and specialist options based on a schedule to be published from year to year by the Faculty's Graduate Studies Committee. The candidate's individual programme, agreed with her/his supervisor, will be subject to the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the programme convener, by Friday of Week One of Michaelmas Term; subsequent changes must be agreed by the Director of Graduate Studies not later than Friday of Week Three of Hilary Term. Class teachers will report to the Chairman of Examiners on the candidate's attendance and participation, and, where appropriate, test results, not later than Monday of Week Nine of Hilary Term, except in the case of three-term language classes where the respective reporting deadline will be Monday of Week Nine of Trinity Term.

3. The final examination shall comprise (i) one extended essay based on the programme's theory component, (ii) one extended essay based on an Advanced Option, (iii) one extended essay based on a class on the writing of History, and (iv) one dissertation proposal in the first year of the programme, and (v) one research methodology essay and (vi) a dissertation of not more than 30,000 words in the final year of the programme.

I. During Michaelmas Term of the first year each candidate will attend core classes on historical theory and methodological approaches as well as a series of classes on sources and resources. The core classes will be assessed by an extended essay of between 4,000 and 5,000 words (the sources and resources component will feed into the preparation of a dissertation proposal in Trinity Term of the first year). Two copies of the essay, addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the Master of Philosophy in Modern British and European History, must be submitted to the Examination Schools by 12 noon of Monday of Week One of Hilary Term of the candidate's first year.

II. In Hilary Term of the first year candidates must choose one Advanced Option, either from the joint Advanced Options for the Master of Studies in Modern British and European History and the Master of Philosophy in Modern British and European History, or from the Advanced Options for one of the Faculty of History's other Master's programmes. The choice of Advanced Option will depend on the candidate's training objectives or dissertation project. Details of Advanced Options are published in course handbooks. Approval of the Advanced Option choice must be obtained from the programme convener and Director of Graduate Studies by Friday of Week Four of Michaelmas Term. The request for approval must be sent to the History Graduate Office. On recommendation from the candidate's supervisor, the Director of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the programme convener, may approve relevant taught papers from Master's programmes offered by faculties other than History, provided that the respective faculty's Graduate Studies Committee is satisfied that the candidate has an adequate background in the subject. This part of the programme will be assessed by one extended essays of between 4,000 and 5,000 words. Two copies of the essays, addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the Master of Philosophy in Modern British and European History, must be submitted to the Examination Schools by 12 noon on Monday of Week Nine of Hilary Term of the candidate's first year. Essays should reflect skills and understanding the candidate has developed by following the approved choice of paper. The essay may complement but must not share significant content with the essay submitted under I. above. Teaching may not be available for all the Advanced Options each year, and restrictions may be imposed on the combination of Advanced Options that may be taken in a particular year.

III. In Trinity Term candidates take a class on Writing History and finalise a proposal for their dissertation research during the Long Vacation and Michaelmas Term of their second year. The Writing History classes will be assessed by an extended essay of between 4,000 and 5,000 words. The essay may complement but must not share significant content with the essays submitted under I. and II. above. Two copies of the extended essay on Writing History, addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the Master of Philosophy in Modern British and European History, must be submitted to the Examination Schools by 12 noon on Monday of Week Nine of Trinity Term of the candidate's first year.

IV. Candidate must prepare an extended dissertation proposal of between 2,000 and 2,500 words. Two copies of the extended dissertation proposal, addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the Master of Philosophy in Modern British and European History, must be submitted to the Examination Schools by 12 noon on Monday of Week Six of the first Trinity Term of the candidate's first year.

V. Candidates must prepare one methodological essay (of up to 7,000 words) and a seminar presentation for a class on "Historical concepts and controversies" ;, to be examined in Trinity Term of the candidate's second year. Students may choose a topic for their essay and presentation in an area proximate to their dissertation subject, but may not replicate any material submitted for examination. Two typewritten copies of the extended essay, addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the Master of Philosophy in Modern British and European History, must be submitted to the Examination Schools by 12 noon on Monday of First Week of Trinity Term of the candidate's second year.

VI. A dissertation of not more than 30,000 words, including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography, on a topic approved by the candidate's supervisor and the Programme Convener of the M.Phil. in Modern British and European History. Candidates must apply in writing to the Programme Convener for approval of the proposed topic of their dissertation. The application must be submitted to the History Graduate Office by 12 noon on Monday of Week Seven of Trinity Term of the candidate's first year. Two copies of the dissertation must be submitted to the Examination Schools by 12 noon of Week Six of Trinity Term of the candidate's second year. 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 Educational Policy and Standards Committee for the degrees of M.Litt and D.Phil and follow the Conventions for the presentation of dissertations and theses of the Faculty of History. Each dissertation must include a short abstract which concisely summarises its scope and principal arguments, in about 300 words. Each copy of the dissertation 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 final copy should incorporate any corrections or amendments which the examiners may have requested. It must be hard bound, in a dark colour, and lettered on the spine with the candidate's name and initials, the degree, and the year of submission.

4. A candidate who, at the end of the first year of the course, is unable to continue on to the second year, may, with the support of his or her college and supervisor, apply to the Director of Graduate Studies in History for permission to transfer to the status of a student for the Master of Studies in Modern British and European History and to enter that examination in the current year.

5. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates who have performed with special merit in all parts of the examination for the Master of Philosophy in Modern British and European History.

6. A candidate who fails the examination will be permitted to retake the examination on one further occasion only, not later than one year after the initial attempt. A candidate whose dissertation has been of satisfactory standard will not be required to resubmit the dissertation. A candidate who has reached a satisfactory standard on the extended essays will not be required to retake those papers. 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 Master of Philosophy, is nevertheless of sufficient merit to qualify for the Degree of Master of Studies in Modern British and European History, the candidate shall be given the option of resitting the M.Phil (as provided under the General Regulations § 2, cl. 4, and in accordance with this regulation) or of being granted leave to supplicate for the Degree of Master of Studies.'

(h) M.Phil in Economic and Social History

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 512, ll. 36–37, delete 'chairman of examiners, c/o... Hilary Term' and substitute 'chairman of examiners on the examination entry form'.

2 Ibid., p. 513, delete l. 13, and substitute: 'Candidates who were admitted the M.Phil prior to October 2009 must submit by the specified date two copies of their dissertation; candidates admitted to the M.Phil from October 2009 onward must submit by the specified date three copies of their dissertation.'

3 Ibid., delete ll. 26–27, and renumber the following paragraphs accordingly.


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

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 532, ll. 20–22, delete 'chairman of examiners, c/o... Hilary Term' and substitute 'chairman of examiners on the examination entry form'.

2 Ibid., delete l. 49, and substitute: 'Candidates who were admitted the M.Phil prior to October 2009 must submit by the specified date two copies of their dissertation; candidates admitted to the M.Phil from October 2009 onward must submit by the specified date three copies of their dissertation.'.

3 Ibid., p. 533, delete ll. 12–13, and renumber the following paragraphs accordingly.


(j) M.Sc in Economic and Social History

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 710, ll. 14–15, delete 'chairman of examiners, c/o... Hilary Term' and substitute 'chairman of examiners on the examination entry form'.

2 Ibid., delete l. 42, and substitute: 'Candidates who were admitted the M.Phil prior to October 2009 must submit by the specified date two copies of their dissertation; candidates admitted to the M.Phil from October 2009 onward must submit by the specified date three copies of their dissertation.'

3 Ibid., delete ll. 47–48, and renumber the following paragraphs accordingly.


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

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 730, ll. 30–32, delete 'chairman of examiners, c/o... Hilary Term' and substitute 'chairman of examiners on the examination entry form'.

2 Ibid., p. 731, delete l. 8, and substitute: 'Candidates who were admitted the M.Phil prior to October 2009 must submit by the specified date two copies of their dissertation; candidates admitted to the M.Phil from October 2009 onward must submit by the specified date three copies of their dissertation.'

3 Ibid., delete ll. 13–14, and renumber the following paragraphs accordingly.

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