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Oxford University Gazette, 18 March 2010: Examinations and Boards

M.Sc in Neuroscience

Trinity Term 2010

Approval deadlines

Essay topics must be approved by the appropriate module organiser before the deadlines given below:

Module B4 Animal—Models and the Clinic: Friday, 11 June

Module B3—Sensory Systems: Friday, 18 June

Module B2—Computational Neuroscience: Monday, 21 June

Module C2—Molecular Neuroscience: Monday, 25 June


Submission deadlines

Essays must be submitted to the Examination Schools by noon on the deadlines given below:

Module B4—Animal Models and the Clinic: Wednesday, 23 June

Module B3—Sensory Systems: Wednesday, 30 June

Module B2—Computational Neuroscience: Monday, 5 July

Module C2—Molecular Neuroscience: Friday, 9 July

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Changes in Regulations

With the approval, where appropriate, of the Education Committee of Council, and, where applicable, of divisional boards, the following changes in regulations made by divisional boards, faculty boards, and the Continuing Education Board will come into effect on 2 April.

1 Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board

(a) Honour School of Biological Sciences (new regulations)

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

1 In Gazette, Vol. 139, No. 4890, 30 July 2009, p. 1047, col. 1, l. 5, delete 'and Systematics'.

2 Ibid., l. 15, delete 'four practical blocks' and substitute 'three practical blocks'.

3 Ibid., l. 20, delete 'four practical blocks' and substitute 'three practical blocks'.

(b) Honour School of Chemistry (old regulations)

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 169, ll. 18–19, delete 'published annually at the start of Michaelmas Term by the Faculty of Chemistry and also posted on the Web site at' and substitute 'posted annually at the start of Michaelmas Term by the Faculty of Chemistry on the Web site at'.

(b) Honour School of Chemistry (new regulations)

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 172, l. 40, to p. 173, l. 1, delete 'published annually at the start of Michaelmas Term by the Faculty of Chemistry and also posted on the Web site at' and substitute 'posted annually at the start of Michaelmas Term by the Faculty of Chemistry on the Web site at'.

(c) Honour School of Physics

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 426, l. 30, after 'three terms thence.' Insert 'One of the short options included in the list shall be SO7, Classical Mechanics.'

2 Ibid., delete ll. 35–38.

3 Ibid., p. 426, l. 39. to p. 427, l. 13, renumber cll. 9–14 as cll. 8–13 respectively.

4. Ibid., p. 427, delete ll. 22–25 and substitute:

'Three papers, B1 to B3, each of three hours, each consisting of two subjects, as follows:

B1: I. Flows, Fluctuations and Complexity, and II. Symmetry and Relativity

B2: III. Quantum, Atomic and Molecular Physics, and IV. Sub-Atomic Physics

B3: V. General Relativity and Cosmology, and VI. Condensed-Matter Physics'.

5 Ibid., delete l. 42 and substitute '(i) to offer four of the subjects I–VI specified for papers B1 to B3 in the Schedule of the four-year course (Part B), each subject having the weight of half a paper, and'.

6 Ibid., p. 428, delete ll. 1–2.

7 Ibid., ll. 3–18, renumber cll. 5–9 as cll. 4–8 respectively.

(d) M.Sc in Biomedical Engineering

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 688, ll. 16–18, delete 'not later than noon on the Friday of tenth week of Hilary Term in the year of examination' and substitute 'not later than noon on Friday of the week before the start of Hilary Term in the year of the examination'.


2 Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board and Board of the Faculty of Philosophy

Honour School of Physics and Philosophy

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

In Examination Regulations 2008, p. 431, delete ll. 23–31, and substitute:

'Candidates are required to offer either (a) three subjects in Physics (each having the weight of half a paper) and four subjects in Philosophy (each having the weight of a full paper), or (b) five subjects in Physics (each having the weight of half a paper) and three subjects in Philosophy (each having the weight of a full paper).

Candidates may choose their three or five subjects from the Short Option on Classical Mechanics and subjects I–VI specified in Papers B1–3 for the Honour School of Physics, namely

Paper B1: I. Flows, Fluctuations and Complexity

Paper B1: II. Symmetry and Relativity

Paper B2: III. Quantum, Atomic and Molecular Physics

Paper B2: IV. Sub-Atomic Physics

Paper B3: V. General Relativity and Cosmology

Paper B3: VI. Condensed-Matter Physics

SO7: Classical Mechanics

Candidates must choose at least two of subjects II, V, and SO7.'


3 Continuing Education Board

(a) Undergraduate Certificate in Archaeology: Themes and Methods

To take effect 1 October 2011

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 1013, after l. 26 insert:

'Archaeology: Themes and Methods (for students admitted from October 2011)

1.The course shall consist of lectures, tutorials, seminars and classes on the subject of Archaeology. The course, which is available on a part-time basis only, may be taken over a period of a minimum of one, and no more than two, years.

2. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

(a) attendance at class-based sessions;

(b) attendance at study visits;

(c) attendance at two seminars;

(d) participation in on-line study forums;

(e) three written assignments each of no more than 1,500 words in length based on methods in Archaeology. The first of these is formative only and marks do not contribute to the final award;

(f) two written assignments each of no more than 2,000 words in length based on the periods covered;

(g) a Practical Logbook of up to 5,000 words in length offering a choice of tasks to include reports of fieldwork ,visits and contributions to Discussion Forum.

The written work under clauses 2 (e)–(g) will be forwarded to the examiners for consideration by such dates as the examiners shall determine and shall notify candidates.

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

4. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the assessed work specified in clauses 2 (e)–(g) may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of part or parts of the examination which they have failed on not more that one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the initial failure.'

(b) Undergraduate Certificate in History of Art

To take effect 1 October 2011

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 1014, after l. 7 insert:

'History of Art (for students admitted from October 2011)

1. The course shall consist of lectures, tutorials, seminars and classes on the subject of the History of Art. The course, which is available on a part-time basis only, may be taken over a period of a minimum of one, and no more than two, years.

2. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

(a) attendance at the theoretical courses, including study visits; students must attend a minimum of 75 per cent of the equivalent of thirty two-hour sessions;

(b) one written assignment of nor more than 1,000 words. This assignment is formative only and marks do not contribute to the final award;

(c) five written assignments of not more than 1,500 words based on the subjects taught;

(d) one extended essay of not more than 3,000 words on a subject approved by the course director.

The written work under (c) and (d) will be forwarded to the examiners for consideration by such dates as the examiners shall determine and shall notify candidates.

3. Candidates may be expected to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course.

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

5. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the written work under (b) and (c) may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of part or parts of the examination which they have failed on not more that one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the initial failure.'


4 Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature

Honour School of English Language and Literature

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 239, ll. 48–50, delete 'or an extended essay as specified under 8(a). Candidates will be required to specify their chosen mode of examination for this paper on their registration form and may not revert from this choice'.

2 Ibid., l. 52, to p. 240, l. 2, delete 'or an extended essay as specified under 8(a). Candidates will be required to s pecify their chosen mode of examination for this paper on their registration form and may not revert from this choice'.


5 Boards of the Faculties of English Language and Literature and Classics

Honour School of Classics and English

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 185, ll. 33–34, delete '8(a) to (e)', and substitute '8(a), (b) i. to vi., (c), (d), (e)'.


6 Boards of the Faculties of English Language and Literature and History

Preliminary Examination in History and English

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 124, ll. 17–18, delete '(as specified for Moderations in English Language and Literature)' and substitute '(candidates will be expected to answer one question only from Section B of the paper as specified for Moderations in English Language and Literature, and one interdisciplinary essay question)'.


7 Board of the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

(a) M.St in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 515, l. 23, delete '(v) Theory of translation' and substitute '(v) Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics'.

(b) M.Phil in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 618, l. 17, delete '(v) Theory of translation' and substitute '(v) Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics'.

(c) Special Regulations of Divisional and Faculty Boards concerning the status of Probationer Research Student and the Degrees of M.Litt, M.Sc by Research, and D.Phil

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 847, l. 10, delete 'Committee for Comparative Philology and General Linguistics', and substitute 'Board of the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics'.


8 Board of the Faculty of Music

(a) Honour Moderations and Preliminary Examination in Music

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 99, l. 9, delete 'Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford' and substitute 'Faculty of Music, St Aldate's'.

(b) Honour School of Music

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 373, l. 42, delete 'Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford' and substitute 'Faculty of Music, St Aldate's'.


9 Oriental Studies Board

(a) M.Phil in Oriental Studies (iv) Modern Middle Eastern Studies

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 559, l. 29, delete '(13)' and substitute '(16)'.

2 Ibid., l. 45, add new lines:

'(14) Political Economy of the Middle East.

(15) Contemporary Islamic Movements.

(16) Islam in the West.'

(b) M.Phil in Oriental Studies (vi) Modern Jewish Studies

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 560, l. 31, after 'qualifying examination in' insert 'Modern'.

2 Ibid., l. 39, after 'Modern Hebrew' insert 'or Yiddish'.

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