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Oxford University Gazette, 3 June 2010: Examinations and Boards

Changes in Regulations

With the approval, where appropriate, of the Education Committee of Council, and, where applicable, of the Humanities Board, the following changes in regulations made by the Social Sciences Board and the Oriental Studies Board will come into effect on 18 June.

1 Social Sciences Board

M.Phil in Comparative Social Policy

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 493, l. 45, delete 'third' and insert 'sixth'.

2 Ibid, p. 494, l. 7, delete 'third' and insert 'sixth'.


2 Oriental Studies Board

M.Phil in Oriental Studies (xv) Traditional East Asia: Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern

With effect from 1 October 2011 (for first examination in 2012)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 559, after l. 36, insert:

'(xv) Traditional East Asia: Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern.'

2 Ibid, p. 560, l. 2, after 'or literature.' insert: 'For subject (xv) Traditional East Asia: Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern, candidates must satisfy the person appointed by the board to interview them that they possess a good proficiency (normally at least two years' study or equivalent) in modern Chinese, Japanese or Korean.'

3 Ibid., l. 22, delete 'and'.

4 Ibid, l. 24, after 'taken' insert '; and (xv) below, in which the thesis should be presented not later than noon of Friday of the Fifth Week of Trinity Term in which the examination is taken.'

5 Ibid., p. 576, after l. 33, insert:

'(xv) Traditional East Asia: Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern

I. Qualifying Examination

Every candidate will be required, unless exempted by the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, to satisfy the examiners in an examination, to be known as the Qualifying Examination for the M.Phil in Traditional East Asia: Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern, not later than the end of the third term after that in which the candidate's name is first entered on the Register of M.Phil Students. All candidates must offer:

1. A language examination in modern Chinese or modern Japanese or modern Korean

2. A language examination in classical Chinese or classical Japanese or middle Korean

3. A written examination in Traditional East Asia

4. Three submitted essays on traditional East Asia. The essays, which must be of not more than 2,500 words each, must be written by the candidate, one in each of the three terms of the first year, and must be chosen by the candidate to represent the candidate's best written performance in that term. Each essay must be submitted to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, by 12 noon on the Friday of Eighth Week of the term in which the paper is taught.

II. Final Examination

This shall be taken in the Trinity Term of the academic year following that in which the candidate's name is first entered on the Register of M.Phil Students or, with the approval of the faculty board, in a subsequent year. All candidates must offer:

1. Prescribed texts in one of the following: (i) Classical Chinese; (ii) Classical Japanese; (iii) Middle Korean; (iv) Classical Chinese and Classical Japanese; (v) Classical Chinese and Middle Korean.

2. Research Bibliography and Methodology on one of the following: (i) China; (ii) Japan; (iii) Korea. This paper will be set as a take-home examination. The answer or answers should be typed and presented in proper scholarly form. The question paper will be distributed to candidates in the Oriental Institute at 10 a.m. on Monday of Eighth Week of the Trinity Term in which the Final Examination is to be taken. The completed examination must be handed in to the Examination Schools no later than 12 noon on Friday of the same week.

3. Thesis. Candidates must submit a thesis of not be more than 30,000 words on a subject selected by the candidate in consultation with his or her supervisor and approved by the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies.*

4. The examiners will also examine every candidate viva voce unless excused.'

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