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Oxford University Gazette, 4 March 2010: Examinations and Boards

Changes in Regulations

With the approval, where appropriate, of the Education Committee of Council, the following changes in regulations made by the Social Sciences Board and the Continuing Education Board will come into effect on 19 March.

Social Sciences Board and Continuing Education Board

Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies

With effect from 1 October 2010

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, delete from p. 1047, l. 1, to p. 1049, l. 39.

2 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 992, l. 37, insert:

'Diplomatic Studies

1. Students for the Certificate may hold that status for no more than six terms. 2. Each student will follow a course of study comprising four core courses. The four core courses are:

International Politics;
Economics;
International Law;
Diplomatic Practice.

3. Examinations. All candidates will be required to satisfy the examiners in four separate three-hour written examinations covering each of the core areas listed in the preceding paragraph demonstrating that they have mastered the substance of the subjects listed and (where appropriate), that they are able to apply them in their continuing professional careers in the international field.

4. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the Certificate.

5. A candidate whose overall average mark falls below 50 shall be eligible to resit the failed elements during the following academic year.

6. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the written examinations in all four of the core elements of the Certificate course, will not be eligible to qualify for the Certificate.'

3 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 1002, l. 33, insert:

'Diplomatic Studies

1. Students for the Diploma may hold that status for no more than six terms.

2. Candidates are only eligible to be admitted to the Diploma in Diplomatic Studies if they have achieved a satisfactory standard in the first term of study for the Certificate in Diplomatic Studies. Admission to the Diploma will take place at the end of the first term in the year of study, on the basis of a transfer proposal and the first term's assessed written work, as approved by the Admissions Committee for the programme.

3. Each student will follow a course of study comprising four core courses. The four core courses are:

International Politics. Key concepts in international relations leading to central issues in world politics, with particular emphasis on change in the international system and the evolving role of diplomacy in consequence.

Economics. Basics of international trade theory and macroeconomics, focusing on such applied and political economy topics as trade liberalisation, globalisation, and international resource transfers.

International Law. Principles of international law and the processes of legal reasoning, and their application to current world problems ranging from the nature of international law to the use of force and conflict settlement.

Diplomatic Practice. Overview of different regions of the world, major international organisations, and current world problems as they affect diplomats. Review of practical aspects of diplomacy and their application to discussion of practical action by means of which governments can address these problems.

In addition, candidates will be required to submit a dissertation of between 10,000 and 12,000 words.

4. Examinations. Candidates will be required to take papers in International Politics, International Law, Economics, and Diplomatic Practice.

5. Syllabus

I. Four core modules: International Politics, Economics, International Law, and Diplomatic Practice.

II. Each candidate will be required to present a dissertation of not more than 12,000 words, on a subject approved by the examiners, to the examiners c/o the Registry, Department for Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, by 12 noon on Friday of sixth week of Trinity Term in the year in which he or she completes the course. All material submitted for the dissertation shall be accompanied by a certificate signed by the candidate indicating that it is the candidate's own work.

6. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the Diploma. To be awarded a distinction, either a candidate must obtain a mark of 70 or above in three of the five programme elements, one of which must be the dissertation, or a candidate must obtain a mark of 70 or above in the dissertation and an average of 70 overall in the five programme elements.

7. A candidate for the Diploma who fails to meet the standard required for award of the Diploma, but who has met the examination standards and requirements stipulated in the regulations governing the Certificate in Diplomatic Studies, may be offered the option of resitting the examination for the Diploma, or (having satisfied the examination standards and requirements of that qualification) of being awarded the Certificate.

8. A candidate whose overall average mark falls below 60 shall be eligible to resit the failed elements on one occasion during the following academic year. Compensation in one paper is allowed.

9. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the written examinations in all four of the core elements of the Certificate course, or who fail to submit a dissertation of the necessary standard will be eligible to resit on one occasion.'

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