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Oxford University Gazette, 30 October 2008: Examinations and Boards

Changes in Regulations

With the approval, where applicable, of the Education 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 14 November.

1 Social Sciences Board

(a) M.Sc in Politics and International Relations Research

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 757, l. 17, after 'Politics' delete 'and International Relations'.

2 Ibid., l. 19, after 'Politics' delete 'and International Relations'.

3 Ibid., delete from p. 757, l. 25 to p. 758, l. 13, and substitute:

'(a) attend and satisfactorily complete the induction programme, the designated coursework for assessment according to the Department's timetable, and the following courses of lectures and classes:

(i) either the core course in Comparative Government or the core course in European Governance from the M.Phil in Politics. Candidates will be examined using the written examination part of the Qualifying Test as for the M.Phil in Politics. In exceptional circumstances the Politics Graduate Studies Committee may grant permission for a candidate to follow the course from a different M.Phil and to take all or part of the Qualifying Test from that M.Phil. Candidates who fail the written examination part of the Qualifying Test will normally be allowed to resit the examination at a date stipulated in the Regulations for the relevant M.Phil.

(ii) The compulsory paper in Research Design in Political Science as specified in the Examination Regulations for the M.Phil in Politics. Candidates who fail an assessed piece of work within the Research Methods course must successfully resubmit the coursework by the end of the eighth week of Trinity Term.

(b) Where necessitated by a candidate's choice of subject the Politics Graduate Studies Committee may require a candidate to pass a test of proficiency in a language other than English, as approved by the Politics Graduate Studies Committee. Candidates who fail the test will normally be allowed to retake the test before the beginning of the first week of the next academic year.

(c) Submit two copies of a thesis of not more than 15,000 words. The thesis must be typed or printed on one side of A4 Sheets. It must be handed to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, by noon on the last Friday of August following the end of Trinity Full Term. The thesis must be clearly marked with the candidate's examination number and the words "M.Sc in Politics Research".'

(b) Special regulations governing research degrees in the Saïd Business School

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2008, delete from p. 911, l. 3 to p. 912, l. 20 and substitute:

'1. Admissions

Applicants shall be required to satisfy to the University Admitting Body (UAB) of the Saïd Business School that they have:

(a) a 2:1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree (this is the minimum qualification level that will be considered);

(b) a GRE or GMAT score: as a guide, a score in excess of 600 in each component;

(c) a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS) in excess of 600 or 7 respectively, if English is not their native language or if they have not studied their full degree in an English-speaking country;

(d) their University academic transcripts;

(e) three references (a minimum of two must be academic);

(f) one piece of written work for assessment of approximately 2,000 words. This should be an essay or section of longer work on a topic appropriate to the degree for which they are applying. They must include a signed declaration that the piece is your own work without the assistance of others;

(g) a research proposal to help the UAB identify a potential supervisor. A thesis title should also be supplied,

( h) the above and any additional criteria which the UAB may from time to time determine.

2. Probationer Research Students

All students are normally admitted as Probationer Research Students (PRS).

Unless granted a dispensation by the Research Committee of the Saïd Business School, during their first year, probationer Research Students shall:

(a) attend such lectures, seminars and classes as his or her supervisor and/or the committee shall determine;

(b) satisfactorily complete such courses and coursework from the Saïd Business Schools M.Sc in Management Research or M.Sc in Financial Economics (MFE) as the supervisor and/or the committee shall determine, dependant upon whether or not the student has already taken one or other of these M.Sc courses or equivalent prior to commencing the D.Phil,

(c) applications to Research Committee for exemption from the above will be considered.

3. Transfer of status

Students who have taken the MSc or MFE prior to commencing their D.Phil study as a PRS are normally expected to transfer status in their third term. All students must transfer status by the end of their sixth term.

Applications for transfer of status must be submitted to Research Committee and should be comprised of the following:

(a) a transfer of status form (GSO2), signed by the candidates supervisor and an appropriate college officer. The candidate should indicate clearly on the form the status to which he or she wishes to transfer;

(b) a good pass in all of the courses and coursework as stated in 2.(b) above, approved by the student's supervisor;

(c) a satisfactory research proposal or research outline,

(d) where appropriate, one draft chapter of the thesis.

Further details of these requirements are set out in the D.Phil Notes for Guidance.

Two assessors nominated by the student and his/her supervisor and appointed by the Research Committee will examine the student by viva voce and submit a written transfer report to Research Committee with recommendations as to whether or not the student should be allowed to transfer to D.Phil status.

The Research Committee will consider the application and the recommendations of the assessors and in light of this will decide whether to approve the transfer of status, or approve admission to M.Litt status (in the case that the Committee is not satisfied that the candidate should be allowed to transfer), or approve an extension of time in order to allow the candidate to carry out further research and make revisions to his/her proposal and to resubmit at a later date (but before the PRS status period expires). The committee may request additional written work (such as a revised research proposal) or other evidence, and/or appoint an additional assessor, and/or state that the student should be re-examined.

4. Confirmation of D.Phil status

Students will normally be expected to apply for their Confirmation of Status by the end of their sixth term after admission. They must apply for their Confirmation of Status by the end of their ninth term.

Applications for confirmation of status as a Student for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy shall comprise the following:

(a) a confirmation of status application form (GSO14) signed by the candidate's supervisor and an appropriate officer of the candidate's college;

(b) a comprehensive outline of the treatment of the thesis topic including details of progress made and an indication, where possible, of the anticipated timetable for submission,

(c) two draft chapters totalling no more than 25,000 words which includes material particularly central to the thesis.

Further details of these requirements are set out in the D.Phil Notes for Guidance.

The application must be submitted to the Research Committee and will be considered by two assessors nominated by the student and supervisor and appointed by Research Committee. These may be the same assessors as were chosen for the transfer of status, but assessors selected at this stage may not be chosen for the final viva voce. The assessors will read the work, interview the candidate (examine viva voce) and make a recommendation to the committee in a written report.

If the committee does not consider that the candidate's progress warrants confirmation of status it may either recommend resubmission of the application at a later date within the normal timetable, or approve an extension of D.Phil status in order to allow time for resubmission of the application, or recommend transfer to M.Litt status, or reject the application.

5. Thesis

Theses for the Degree of M.Litt which exceed 50,000 words and those for the Degree of D.Phil which exceed 100,000, excluding the bibliography, are liable to be rejected unless candidates have, with the support of their supervisors, secured the prior dispensation of the board of Graduate Studies to exceed this limit.'

2 Board of the Faculty of Law

Honour School of Jurisprudence

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 294, l. 3, after 'Law', insert: 'which will become European Union Law in January 2009 should the Treaty of Lisbon enter into force'.

2 Ibid., delete ll. 4–6 and substitute:

'A. The basic structure and functions of the institutions; the aims of the EU; law-making; the composition and jurisdiction of the Court of Justice; the penetration of EU law into national legal orders.'

3 Ibid., delete ll. 9–11.

3 Board of the Faculty of Theology

Honour School of Theology

With effect from 1 October 2010 (for first examination in 2011)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 485, delete ll. 32–5 and substitute:

'Genesis 6–9

Deuteronomy 5–6; 12; 26

2 Samuel 11–14

1 Kings 17–19


2 Ibid., delete ll. 39–41 and substitute:

'Psalms 1; 2; 8; 45–8; 96

Proverbs 7–9

Isaiah 1–2; 6; 40–2'.

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