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Oxford University Gazette, 22 July 2010: Examinations and Boards

Appointment

Division of Social Sciences

Appointment

TITULAR UNIVERSITY LECTURER (CUF)

A. BRAUN, LAUREA Genoa, PH.D Trento, Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. In Law. From 1 September 2010 until 31 August 2015.

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M.Sc in Mathematics and the Foundations of Computer Science

The following courses have been approved for examination in 2010–11:

Section A

Schedule I

Algebraic Number Theory (Professor Flynn), HT

Analytic Number Theory (Professor Heath-Brown), MT

Analytic Topology (Dr Suabedissen), MT

Axiomatic Set Theory (Professor Zilber), HT

Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems (Dr Isaacson), MT

Group Theory (Professor Collins), HT

Introduction to Representation Theory (Dr Henke), MT

Lambda Calculus and Types (Dr Tzevelekos), MT

Lie Algebras (Dr Williamson), MT

Model Theory (Dr Koenigsmann), HT

Schedule II

Algebraic Geometry (Dr Berczi), MT

Building Infinite Groups (Professor Wilson), HT

* Recursion Theory (Dr Koenigsmann), HT


Section B

Schedule I

Applied Probability (Dr Hammond), MT

Categories, Proofs and Processes (Dr Doering), MT

Communication Theory (Dr Stirzaker), MT

Computational Complexity (Dr Kreutzer), HT

Concurrency (Professor Roscoe), HT

Foundations of Computer Science (Professor Benedikt), MT

Graph Theory (Professor McDiarmid), MT

Reasoning about Information Update (Dr Sadrzadeh), HT

Schedule II

Automata, Logic and Games (Professor Ong), HT

* Computational Number Theory (Professor Heath-Brown), TT

Computer Aided Formal Verification (Professor Melham), MT

Elliptic Curves (Professor Heath-Brown), HT

Probabilistic Combinatorics (Professor Riordan), HT

Probability and Computing (Dr Worrell), MT

Quantum Computer Science (Dr Doering), HT

Random Graphs (Professor Riordan), TT

Representation Theory of Symmetric Groups (Dr Danz), HT

Theory of Data and Knowledge Bases (Dr Lukasiewicz), HT

* Reading courses.

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Changes in Regulations

The following changes in regulations made by the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee, and with the approval, where appropriate, of the Education Committee of Council (and, where appropriate, of divisional boards), the following changes in regulations made by divisional and faculty boards will come into effect on 6 August.

1 Planning and Resource Allocation Committee

Regulations on financial matters

(i) With effect from 1 October 2010

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 1061, l. 6, delete '£184' and substitute '£191'.

2 Ibid., l. 16 and l. 22, delete '£91' and substitute '£95'.

3 Ibid., l. 17, delete '£285' and substitute '£296'.

4 Ibid., l. 21, delete '£53' and substitute '£55'.

5 Ibid., l. 23, delete '£66' and substitute '£69'.

6 Ibid., l. 24, delete '£192' and substitute '£200'.

7 Ibid., l. 26, delete '£318' and substitute '£331'.

8 Ibid., l. 28, delete '£169' and substitute '£176'.

9 Ibid., l. 29, delete '£101' and substitute '£105'.

10 Ibid., l. 31, delete '£173' and substitute '£180'.

11 Ibid., l. 32, delete '£381' and substitute '£396'.

12 Ibid., l. 33 and l. 40, delete '£400' and substitute '£416'.

13 Ibid., l. 34, delete '£606' and substitute '£630'.

14 Ibid., l. 37, delete '£114' and substitute '£119'.

15 Ibid., p. 1062, l. 2, delete '£1,399' and substitute '£1,489'.

16 Ibid., l. 12, delete '£18' and substitute '£19'.

17 Ibid., l. 30, as amended by Gazette, 1 October 2009, Regulations on financial matters, cl. 24, delete:

'2. Every person shall pay the fee prescribed below in each case for transcripts issued, online or by request to University of Oxford, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG:

(a) for the first transcript: no charge

(b) for each of the second and subsequent transcript: £5'

and substitute:

'2. Every person shall pay the fee prescribed below in each case for transcripts issued, online or by request to University of Oxford, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG:

(a) for the first transcript provided upon successful completion: no charge

(b) for each transcript provided during the course and any subsequent transcripts upon completion: £5'.

18 Ibid., p. 1092, l. 6 and l. 13, delete '£30' and substitute '£40'.

19 Ibid., l. 8 and l. 15, delete '£60' and substitute '£40'.

(ii) With effect from October 2011

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 1069, p. 1083, p. 1084, p. 1085, p. 1086, in the footnote marked '*' on each page, after '* A student shall be deemed to have commenced a programme of study on commencing study towards any new qualification aim', delete ', except when progressing to D.Phil. or M.Phil. study in the term following completion of a graduate taught programme in the same subject area, in which case the student shall be deemed to have commenced on admission to their previous programme of study'.


2 Humanities Board

Special regulations of the Divisional and Faculty Boards concerning the status of Probationer Research Student and the degrees of M.Litt, M.Sc by Research and D.Phil

For students enrolling on D.Phil programmes in Humanities from 1 October 2010

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 847, before l. 10, insert:

'1. TRANSFER OF STATUS AND CONFIRMATION OF STATUS

1. Transfer of Status

Purpose and criteria

(i) To assess whether the candidate is capable of carrying out advanced research, and has had suitable preparation in terms of subject-specific research training.

(ii) To assess whether the subject of the thesis and the manner of its treatment as proposed by the candidate are acceptable and potentially of D.Phil quality.

(iii) To assess whether the thesis can reasonably be completed in no more than 6 to 9 terms from transfer.

Applying for transfer of status

(i) Students admitted to Probationer Research Student (PRS) status

Students who have completed a one-year Master's degree at the University of Oxford or elsewhere, or a two- year M.Phil degree at a university other than the University of Oxford are admitted to Probationer Research Student (PRS) status. Transfer of status from PRS to D.Phil must take place in Trinity Term of Year 1 or Michaelmas Term of Year 2 as measured from the admission to PRS status.

(ii) Students admitted to D.Phil status

Students who have completed a two-year M.Phil degree at the University of Oxford and who have already commenced work on their doctoral thesis will be admitted either as a Probationer Research Student or as a student with D.Phil status. The decision will be made by the relevant University Admitting Body based on the proposed doctoral research and on previous qualifications, including research undertaken at Master's level. For students who are admitted to PRS status, transfer of status from PRS to D.Phil must take place in Trinity Term of Year 1 or Michaelmas Term of Year 2 as measured from the admission to PRS status.

The relevant University Admitting Body may only admit students directly to D.Phil status if the Admitting Body is satisfied that the student meets the three conditions described under 'purpose of transfer of status' above. In such cases, the admissions process should follow the same pattern as the transfer of status process, and normally all candidates who are admitted directly to D.Phil status must be interviewed. For students who are admitted directly to D.Phil status, the transfer of status process is waived.

Material normally required for applications for transfer of status

Entries for individual Faculty Boards below indicate exactly which materials students studying for a D.Phil degree in that faculty should submit to apply for transfer of status.

Candidates applying for transfer of status from Probationer Research Student (PRS) to D.Phil should normally submit the following documents:

(i) GSO.2 form: Application to transfer status

(ii) A detailed outline (not exceeding 1,000 words) of the proposed thesis subject and of the manner in which it will be treated, including a provisional list of chapters and their proposed coverage.

(iii) Written work (or equivalent, e.g. a portfolio, score or CD/DVD), to be specified by the faculty. The submitted work should be on the topic of the proposed thesis, and if this consists of written work, should be about 10,000 words long (usually a draft chapter of the thesis; if the submitted work is not a draft chapter, then the candidate should provide a written explanation of the written work's relationship to the thesis).

(iv) A reference from the supervisor: the supervisor (or supervisors, if there is more than one) must provide a full and detailed assessment of the student and the student's application for transfer in the 'Comment' section of the GSO.2 form. Where there are two supervisors, either each one must submit an assessment report or both must sign a joint assessment.

(v) Information about subject-specific research or other training completed by the student, e.g. proof of linguistic competence. The faculty should specify any research training/research skills (e.g. linguistic competence, ability to use archives, handling of ancient documents) which students are expected to have acquired by this stage of their doctoral studies.

Assessment

(i) Assessors: the faculty must appoint two assessors, neither of whom must be the candidate's supervisor.

(ii) Interview: an interview by both assessors, based on the submitted written materials, is compulsory.

(iii) Report: the assessors must submit a joint written report, making a clear recommendation to the relevant faculty Graduate Studies Committee (or equivalent) of 'transfer' or 'not transfer', and providing reasons for their recommendation. The report should note any subject-specific research training still required by the student successfully to complete their doctorate.

Outcome of assessment

(i) The assessors may recommend that the candidate be transferred to D.Phil status.

(ii) The assessors may judge that the candidate is not (yet) ready to transfer, in which case they may:

(a) recommend that the candidate should reapply after undertaking further preparatory work, which should be clearly described in their report, or

(b) recommend that the candidate should transfer to a lower level of research degree, such as the Master of Letters (M.Litt).

Unsuccessful applications

(i) A candidate whose first application for transfer to D.Phil status is not approved shall be permitted to make one further application, and will be granted an extension of time for one term if this is necessary for the purposes of making the application. Normally the assessors should be the same as for the original application.

(ii) If, after considering a candidate's second application for transfer of status, the relevant board concludes that the student's progress does not warrant transfer, the board must consider whether to approve his or her transfer to the status of Student for the Degree of Master of Letters (M.Litt).

(iii) Candidates who are transferred to M.Litt. status are permitted one further opportunity to apply for transfer to D.Phil status, provided that (a) not more than three terms have elapsed from the original transfer attempt, and (b) that the candidate's supervisor is prepared to support a further application.

Reporting

The report of the assessors must be considered by the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee (or equivalent), which may delegate authority to the Director of Graduate Studies. Where authority is delegated, the Director of Graduate Studies must report his or her decision to the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee (or equivalent). A copy of the transfer report must also be sent to the student, supervisor and college.

Appeals

Candidates who wish to contest the outcome of the transfer assessment, either on procedural or academic grounds, should first discuss the matter with their Director of Graduate Studies. Where a concern is not satisfactorily settled by that means, the candidate, their supervisor or their college authority may make an appeal directly to the Proctors. In accordance with the University's complaints and appeals processes, the Proctors can only consider whether the procedures for reaching an academic decision were properly followed, and cannot challenge the academic judgement of the assessors.

Loss of Probationer Research Student status

Candidates will lose their Probationer Research Student status if they have not gained admission to another status (e.g. D.Phil or M.Litt) within six terms of admission as a full-time student to the status of Probationer Research Student, or if the faculty board concerned deprives them of such status (after consultation with the college/hall and supervisor). If a candidate loses his or her status as a Probationer Research Student and has not gained admission to another status, the candidate is no longer registered as a student of the University.

2. Confirmation of Status

Purpose and criteria

The purpose of confirmation is to:

(i) assess the progress of the student's research, and

(ii) to ensure that the student's research progress is such that the student may reasonably be expected to submit within six months to one year.

Applying for confirmation of status

(i) Candidates who were admitted to Probationer Research Student (PRS) status must apply for confirmation of status between Trinity Term of Year 2 and Trinity Term of Year 3 as measured from their admission to PRS status.

(ii) Application for confirmation of status should be made at least six months (i.e. two terms, or Trinity Term plus the summer vacation) prior to submission of the thesis

Material normally required for applications for confirmation of status

Entries for individual faculty boards below indicate exactly which materials students studying for a D.Phil degree in that faculty should submit to apply for confirmation of status.

Candidates applying for confirmation of D.Phil status should normally submit the following documents:

(i) GSO.14 form: Application to Confirm D.Phil status

(ii) An abstract of the thesis, a list of chapters with a paragraph describing each chapter, a clear statement indicating which chapters have been written, and a detailed timetable for the completion of the remaining chapters.

(iii) Written work (or equivalent, e.g. a portfolio, score or CD/DVD), to be specified by the faculty. The submitted work should be on the topic of the proposed thesis, and if this consists of written work, should be about 10,000 words long (usually a draft chapter of the thesis including all footnotes, bibliography etc.; if the submitted work is not a draft chapter, then the candidate should provide a written explanation of the written work's relationship to the thesis).

(iv) A reference from the supervisor: the supervisor (or supervisors, if there is more than one) must provide a confidential assessment of the student and their application (this must be in addition to, or instead of, the 'Comment' section of GSO.14). The faculty may specify additional references.

(v) Confirmation material should normally include copies of the report(s) from the transfer process.

Assessment

(i) Assessors: the faculty must appoint at least one assessor, who must not be the candidate's supervisor. Ideally two assessors should be appointed.

(ii) Interview: an interview by at least one assessor who is not the supervisor, based on the submitted written materials, is compulsory.

(iii) Report: the assessor(s) must submit a written report on both the written and interview components of the application, making a clear recommendation to the relevant Faculty Graduate Studies Committee (or equivalent).

Outcome of assessment

(i) The assessor(s) may recommend that the candidate's D.Phil status be confirmed.

(ii) The assessor(s) may judge that the candidate does not (yet) satisfy the purpose of the confirmation process as described above, and may:

(a) recommend resubmission of the application at a later date within the normal timetable;

(b) recommend that the candidate should transfer to a lower level of research degree, such as the M.Litt.

Unsuccessful applications

If the candidate's first application for confirmation of status is not approved, the candidate is permitted to make one further application, normally within one term of the orginal application. The candidate will be granted an extension of time for one term if this is necessary for the purposes of making the application. If, after considering a candidate's second application for confirmation of status, a board concludes that the student's progress does not warrant confirmation, the board may approve his or her transfer to the status of Student for the Degree of Master of Letters (M.Litt).

Deferral of confirmation

In exceptional circumstances where unforeseen and unavoidable obstacles have arisen since transfer of status so as to delay a student's research progress, the student may apply to their faculty board for deferral of confirmation of status up to a maximum of three terms. An application for deferral must consist of:

(i) a clear and detailed description of the obstacles;

(ii) a statement of support from the student's supervisor;

(iii) a statement of support from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Reporting

The report of the assessor(s) must be considered by the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee (or equivalent), which may delegate authority to the Director of Graduate Studies. Where authority is delegated, the Director of Graduate Studies must report their decisions to the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee (or equivalent). A copy of the transfer report must also be sent to the student, supervisor and college.'

2 Ibid., pp. 847–866, renumber as a consequence of the above change: p. 847, l. 12: delete '1' and substitute '2', p. 848, l. 27, delete '2' and substitute '3', to p. 866, l. 39, delete '10' and substitute '11'.


3 Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board

(a) Honour School of Mathematics and joint schools

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 325, l. 23, after '2. (b) Candidates may offer one unit which is an Extended Essay' insert 'or a Structured Project'.

(b) Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 337, l. 25, after '(c) Each candidate may offer a total of at most one unit from BS4 and the schedule of 'Other units and half units' insert '(d) Each candidate may offer at most one unit which is an Extended Essay or Structured Project.'

(c) Honour School of Materials Science

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 317, l. 23, delete 'The' and replace with 'Three copies of the'.

2 Ibid., l. 36, after 'Handbook)' insert 'three copies of'.

3 Ibid., l. 37, after 'both as detailed in the Course Handbook.' insert 'The work must be the candidate's own and the candidate shall sign and present with the written report a detachable certificate to that effect.'

4 Ibid, l. 43, after ('to the person specified in the Course Handbook)' insert 'three copies of'.

5 Ibid., l. 44, after 'as detailed in the Course Handbook.' insert 'The work must be the candidate's own and the candidate shall sign and present with the written report a detachable certificate to that effect.'

6 Ibid., l. 50, delete '4. Candidates may be examined at the Examiners' discretion.'

7 Ibid., p. 318, l. 35 after 'The report on the investigations shall also include' insert 'an abstract,'.

8 Ibid', l. 50 after 'Forms.' insert 'All other text is included in the word count, including the abstract and the figure captions.'

(d) Honour School of Materials, Economics and Management

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 322, l. 21 after 'submit to the Department' insert '(to the person specified in the course handbook) three copies of'.

2 Ibid., l. 23 after 'Course Handbook.' insert 'The work must be the candidate's own and the candidate shall sign and present with the written report a detachable certificate to that effect.'

(e) Honour Moderations in Computer Science

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 94, l. 29, after 'assessing a candidate's performance.' insert:

'(d) Candidates whose overall performance on practical work is not satisfactory may be deemed to have failed the examination.'

(f) Honour Moderations in Mathematics and Computer Science

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 96, l. 22, after 'assessing a candidate's performance.' insert:

'(d) Candidates whose overall performance on practical work is not satisfactory may be deemed to have failed the examination.'

(g) Honour School of Computer Science

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 204, l. 37, after 'assessing a candidate's performance.' insert:

'(d) Candidates whose overall performance on practical work is not satisfactory may be deemed to have failed the examination or may have their overall classification reduced.'

(h) Honour School of Mathematics and Computer Science

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 328, l. 40, after 'assessing a candidate's performance.' insert:

'(d) Candidates whose overall performance on practical work is not satisfactory may be deemed to have failed the examination or may have their overall classification reduced.'

(i) M.Sc in Computer Science

With effect from 1 October 2010

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 692, ll. 33–39, delete:

'(i) Candidates shall submit written assignments for at least twenty-eight units and no more than thirty-four units of topics chosen from a list of topics approved by the Organising Committee and published in the University Gazette by the beginning of Michaelmas Full Term in the academic year of the examination. The list of courses shall be divided into three sections: Schedule A, Schedule B and Schedule C. Candidates shall be required to select at least 16 units of topics from Schedules B and C combined.'

and substitute:

'(i) Candidates shall be assessed on at least twenty-eight and no more than thirty-four units of topics chosen from a list of topics approved by the organizing committee and published in the University Gazette by the beginning of Michaelmas Full Term in the academic year of the examination. The mode of assessment shall be either written assignment or written examination, as detailed in the Course Handbook and on the Web site www.comlab.ox.ac.uk/teaching/MS CinCS/. The list of courses shall be divided into three sections: Schedule A, Schedule B and Schedule C, as detailed on the Web site www.comlab.ox.ac.uk/teaching/M SCinCS/.'

2 Ibid., l. 46, after 'for which he or she submitted a written assignment' insert 'or written examination'.

3 Ibid., p. 693, l. 21, after 'tutorial exercises and a written assignment' insert 'or written examination'.

4 Ibid., l. 33, delete 'project and all associated practicals must be delivered to the M.Sc. Examiners (Computer Science), c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.' and substitute 'topic must be delivered to the M.Sc. Examiners (Computer Science), c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford. Not later than noon on the same date, practicals for all topics must be delivered to the M.Sc. Examiners (Computer Science), c/o the Academic Administrator, Computing Laboratory, Oxford.

For topics to be assessed by written examination, candidates will be notified of the dates of examination at the beginning of the academic year.'

5 Ibid., l. 40, after 'final date for submission of assignments' insert '/within two weeks of the final date for written examinations'.

6 Ibid, l. 45, after 'eight units of assignments' insert 'or written examinations as appropriate'

7 Ibid, l. 4b after 'Schedules B and C combined or assignments' insert '/written examinations'.

8 Ibid., p. 694, l. 5, delete 'written assignments' and replace with 'assignments or written examinations'.

9 Ibid., l. 7, after 'assignments' insert 'or written examinations'.

10 Ibid., l. 10, after 'assignments' insert 'or written examinations'.


4 Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board and Continuing Education Board

(a) M.Sc in Mathematical Finance

With effect from 1 January 2011 (for students submitting their Dissertations after 1 January 2011)

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 738, ll. 32–40, delete 'shall usually be submitted c/o the above.' and substitute:

'and the dissertation under (c) above shall be submitted electronically, in accordance with details given in the handbook for the M.Sc, by such date as the examiners shall determine and shall notify candidates. In exceptional cases where a candidate is unable to submit work electronically, he or she must apply to the Standing Committee for permission to submit the work in paper form to the Examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA not later than two weeks before the submission date.'

(b) Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Finance

With effect from 1 January 2011 (for students submitting Project Reports after 1 January 2011)

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 1006, ll. 4–12, delete 'shall usually be submittedàc/o the above.' and substitute:

'and the project report under (c) above shall be submitted electronically, in accordance with details given in the handbook for the Postgraduate Diploma, by such date as the examiners shall determine and shall notify candidates. In exceptional cases where a candidate is unable to submit work electronically, he or she must apply to the Standing Committee for permission to submit the work in paper form to the Examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA not later than two weeks before the submission date.'


5 Medical Sciences Board

(a) M.Sc in Rheumatology

With effect from 1 January 2010 (for first examination in 2010)

1 In Examinations Regulations, 2009, p. 758, ll. 41–42, delete 'in June of Year 2 on dates to be determined by the examiners' and insert 'on the same day as the multi-station examination'.

2 Ibid., p. 759, l. 7, delete 'Assessments' and insert 'Assessment'.

3 Ibid., p. 760, ll. 9–10, delete 'in November of Year 2 on dates to be determined by the examiners' and insert 'on the same day as the multi-station examination'.

Corrigenda

When the changes to the M.Sc. in Rheumatology regulations were published (Gazette, 17 December 2009), two changes were incorrect. These changes should be corrected as follows: 1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 758, l. 20 (as amended in Gazette, 17 December 2009, p. 385), delete 'April' and substitute 'June'.

2 In Examination Regulations 2009, p. 759, l. 33 (as amended in Gazette, 17 December 2009, p. 385), delete 'June in Year 2' and substitute 'October in Year 2'.

(b) Honour School of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 370, l. 29, delete 'keep statutory residence and'.

2 Ibid., l. 30, delete 'at Oxford'.

3 Ibid., l. 49, delete 'the week immediately preceding' and substitute 'the first week of'.

(c) M.Sc in Global Health Science

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 720, l. 20, after '3,000–4,000 words' insert '(excluding bibliography)'.

2 Ibid., l. 33, delete 'Two' and substitute 'Three'.

(d) M.Sc in Medicinal Chemistry for Cancer

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 744, ll. 16–17, delete 'in Biochemistry'.

(e) Preliminary Examination in Medicine

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 949, l. 12, delete 'clinical skills,' and substitute 'and in clinical skills'.

2 Ibid., 1.13, delete 'six' and substitute 'seven'.

3 Ibid., 1. 20, delete 'require short-note answers' and substitute 'consist of questions requiring short answers, and may require candidates to select answers from a list of options'.

4 Ibid., l. 25, delete 'and Behavioural Sciences (three hours)' and substitute '(one hour)'.

5 Ibid., l. 26, delete 'Ethics (1 hour): candidates' and substitute 'Candidates'.

6 Ibid., delete ll. 28–32.

7 Ibid., l. 33, delete 'and Critical Appraisal (three hours)' and substitute '(one and a half hours)'.

8 Ibid., ll. 34–37, delete from 'This paper' to 'questions' and substitute 'Candidates will be required to write one essay from a choice of questions which'.

9 Ibid., at the end of l. 41, insert 'Candidates will have access during the examination to such databases of medical literature as may be prescribed from time to time by the Medical Sciences Board and notified to candidates at the beginning of the academic year.'

10 Ibid., delete from p. 949, l. 42, to p. 950, l. 2, and substitute:

'4. Paper 5: Critical Appraisal (two hours)

This paper will assess candidates' ability to critically appraise primary research material. The primary research paper, or extracts from a number of papers, may report laboratory-based or clinical research. The literature will contain experimental, public health or clinical data for interpretation but may also include descriptions of experimental methods. Candidates may be required to offer criticism of the experimental method, or of the interpretation of the results, or to draw their own inferences from the published data. Candidates must attempt all questions.'

11 Ibid., pp. 950–1, renumber existing cll. 4–6 as cll. 5–7 respectively.

12 Ibid., p. 951, at the end of l. 3 insert ' combined with Behavioural Sciences Commentary'.

13 Ibid., delete ll. 4–10 and substitute:

'Candidates will be required to complete a longitudinal case study during their clinical course, details of which will be published each year in the clinical course handbook. This coursework must be submitted to the candidate's GP Tutor by Friday of Week 9 of Hilary Term. The clinical course organiser will then forward each case study to the Chairman of Examiners by the end of Week 0 of Trinity Term, together with a certificate, signed by the relevant clinical supervisor, of satisfactory performance by the candidate in the longitudinal case study. Candidates will separately submit an essay covering an aspect of Behavioural Sciences which will relate to the longitudinal case study. This essay will contribute to the award of a Distinction.

(i) Form and subject of the essay

Candidates will be required to submit a Behavioural Sciences commentary, relating to the patient described in the longitudinal case study, in the form of an essay of not more than 3,000 words, excluding any tables, figures, diagrams or references. It must be in a format prescribed by the Graduate-entry Education Committee and published in the Notes of Guidance for the Preliminary Examination in Medicine. [ tab]The essay must refer to aspects of Behavioural Sciences from a list published at the beginning of the academic year by the Graduate-entry Education Committee and included in the Notes of Guidance for the Preliminary Examination in Medicine. The number of such topics to be covered in the essay will be determined from time to time by the Graduate-entry Education Committee and will be published with the list and included in the Notes of Guidance.

(ii) Authorship

The essay must be the candidate's own work. Candidates' tutors, or their deputies nominated to act as advisors, may discuss with candidates the proposed field of study as it relates to the patient, the sources available, and the method of treatment, but on no account may they read or comment on any written draft. Every candidate shall sign a certificate to the effect that this rule has been observed and that the essay is their own work; and the candidate's tutor or advisor shall countersign the certificate confirming that, to the best of their knowledge and belief, this is so. The certificate, sealed in a separate envelope, should be addressed to the Chairman of Examiners in the Preliminary Examination in Medicine Part I and submitted alongside the essay.

(iii) Submission

The essay must be submitted (two paper copies and an electronic copy) to the Chairman of Examiners in the Preliminary Examination in Medicine Part I, c/o the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, not later than noon on the Friday of Week 6 of Trinity Term.' 14 Ibid., l. 15, delete '(extended essay)' and substitute ', together with the Submitted Essay and Behavioural Sciences element of the Longitudinal Case Study,'.

(f) Postgraduate Diploma in Integrated Immunology

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 977, l. 15, delete 'lectures' and substitute 'the teaching, assessments'.

2 Ibid., l. 25, delete 'will be compulsory (a record of attendance will be kept)' and substitute 'are compulsory (a record of attendance is kept)'.

3 Ibid., ll. 28–29, delete 'of breadth of knowledge and understanding of the syllabus. The examination shall be'.

4 Ibid., l. 31, delete 'in the week preceding Hilary Term (Week –1)' and substitute 'no later than Friday of the week preceding Week 0 of Hilary Term'.

5 Ibid., ll. 33–34, delete 'of breadth of knowledge and understanding of the syllabus. The examination shall be'.

6 Ibid., l. 36, delete 'in the week preceding Trinity Term (Week –1)' and substitute 'no later than Friday of the third week preceding Week 0 of Trinity Term'.

7 Ibid., l. 38, delete 'typewritten or'.

8 Ibid., p. 978, l. 1, delete 'Week 8' and substitute 'Week 7'.

9 Ibid., l. 2, delete 'organising committee' and substitute 'Examining Board'.

10 Ibid., l. 6, delete 'Week One of Hilary Term' and substitute 'the week preceding Week 0 of Hilary Term'

11 Ibid., l. 9, delete 'typewritten or'.

12 Ibid., l. 10, delete 'Eight' and substitute 'Seven'.

13 Ibid., ll. 11–12, delete 'Organising Committee' and substitute 'Examining Board'.

14 Ibid., l. 12, delete 'may' and substitute 'will'.

15 Ibid., l. 16, delete 'Week One of' and substitute 'the third week preceding Week 0 of'.

16 Ibid., after l. 20, insert:

'8. Candidates must pass each element of the examination in each term before being permitted to progress to the next term.'

17 Ibid., p. 978, renumber existing cll. 8–10 as cll. 9–11 respectively.

(g) Honour School of Experimental Psychology

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 255, ll. 20–21, delete 'and sent to Senior Tutors of all colleges not later than noon on Monday of the first week of Hilary Term' and substitute 'not later than noon on Friday of the fifth week of Hilary Term'.

( h) Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 442, ll. 38–39, delete 'and sent to Senior Tutors of all colleges not later than noon on Monday of the first week of Hilary Term' and substitute 'not later than noon on Friday of the fifth week of Hilary Term'.

(i) Preliminary Examination in Medicine

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 951, l. 22, delete both references to 'five' and in each case substitute 'seven'.

2 Ibid., l. 33, delete 'and Data Interpretation (three hours)' and substitute '(two hours)'.

3 Ibid., l. 34, delete 'This three-hour paper will be in two parts. Section A' and substitute 'This two-hour paper'.

4 Ibid., ll. 39–45, delete from 'Section B will' to 'all questions in section B.'

5. Ibid., after l. 45 insert:

'3. Paper 3: Data Interpretation (two hours)

This paper will assess candidates' ability to critically appraise primary research material. The primary research paper, or extracts from a number of papers, will report clinical or epidemiological research. The literature will contain experimental, epidemiological, Public Health or clinical data for interpretation. Candidates may be required to offer criticism of the experimental method, or of the interpretation of the published data (including epidemiological data), or to draw their own inferences from the published data. Candidates must attempt all questions.'

6 Ibid., delete ll. 46–50 and substitute:

'4. Extended Essay on a Public Health topic

(i) Form and subject of the essay

Candidates will be required to submit an essay on a topic related to Public Health aspects of the diagnosis or management of a clinical case they have seen during their clinical attachments in the second year of the course. The submitted essay shall be of not more than 3,000 words, excluding any tables, figures, diagrams or references. It must be in a format prescribed by the Graduate-entry Education Committee and published in the Notes of Guidance for the Preliminary Examination in Medicine.

The essay must refer to aspects of Public Health from a list published at the beginning of the academic year by the Graduate-entry Education Committee and included in the Notes of Guidance for the Preliminary Examination in Medicine. The number of such topics to be covered in the essay will be determined from time to time by the Graduate-entry Education Committee and will be published with the list and included in the Notes of Guidance.

(ii) Validity

Candidates must submit with their essay a certificate from the Clinical Tutor in Medicine or in Surgery, or from a consultant in charge of the patient, confirming that the student has seen the patient described in the essay.

As a prologue to the essay, candidates should include a summary of the clinical case to which the essay refers. The summary should not usually exceed 250 words, but will not be included in the overall word count for the essay.

(iii) Authorship

The essay must be the candidate's own work. Candidates' tutors, or their deputies nominated to act as advisors, may discuss with candidates the proposed field of study, the sources available, and the method of treatment, but on no account may they read or comment on any written draft. Every candidate shall sign a certificate to the effect that this rule has been observed and that the essay is their own work; and the candidate's tutor or advisor shall countersign the certificate confirming that, to the best of their knowledge and belief, this is so. The certificate, sealed in a separate envelope, should be addressed to the Chairman of Examiners in the Preliminary Examination in Medicine Part II and submitted alongside the essay.

(iv) Submission

The essay (two paper copies and an electronic copy) must be submitted to the Chairman of Examiners in the Preliminary Examination in Medicine Part II, c/o the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, not later than noon on the Friday of Week 1 of Trinity Term.

5. Extended Synoptic Essay on a Science topic

(i) Form and subject of the essay

Candidates will be required to submit an essay on a topic approved by the examiners, illustrating a technique or scientific application across several fields of clinical or basic science. The submitted essay shall be of not more than 3,000 words, excluding any tables, figures, diagrams or references. It must be in a format prescribed by the Graduate-entry Education Committee and published in the Notes of Guidance for the Preliminary Examination in Medicine.

A list of suggested essay titles, and the topics to which they relate, approved by the Chairman of Examiners in consultation with the Chairman of the Graduate-entry Education Committee, shall be published no later than the end of Week 5 of the Michaelmas Term in the academic year of the examination. Candidates may also propose their own titles. Candidates may not submit an essay that closely relates to work that they have previously submitted for any university examination. A candidate wishing to offer an essay with a title not on the approved list must apply for approval of their proposed title by no later than the end of Week 0 of Hilary Term in the academic year of the examination. Application shall be made via the Course Administrator in the Medical Sciences Office and shall include the proposed title, a brief outline of the subject matter, and the topic or topics to which it relates. Decision on the application shall be made by the Chairman of Examiners in consultation with the Chairman of the Graduate-entry Education Committee and shall be communicated to the candidate as soon as possible and in any case not later than Week 2 of Hilary Term in the academic year of the examination.

(ii) Registration

No later than the end of Week 0 of Hilary Term in the academic year of the examination, every candidate must register the title of their essay via the Course Administrator in the Medical Sciences Office.

(iii) Authorship

The essay must be the candidate's own work. Candidates' tutors, or their deputies nominated to act as advisors, may discuss with candidates the proposed field of study, the sources available, and the method of treatment, but on no account may they read or comment on any written draft. Every candidate shall sign a certificate to the effect that this rule has been observed and that the essay is their own work; and the candidate's tutor or advisor shall countersign the certificate confirming that, to the best of their knowledge and belief, this is so. The certificate, sealed in a separate envelope, should be addressed to the Chairman of Examiners in the Preliminary Examination in Medicine Part II and submitted alongside the essay.

(iv) Submission

The essay (two paper copies and an electronic copy) must be submitted to the Chairman of Examiners in the Preliminary Examination in Medicine Part II, c/o the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, not later than noon on the Friday of Week 1 of Trinity Term.'

7 Ibid., p. 952, renumber existing cll. 4–6 as cll. 6–8 respectively.

8 Ibid., l. 26, delete 'clinical assessment' and substitute 'two extended essays,'.


6 Social Sciences Board

(a) Honour School of Human Sciences

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 291, delete ll. 5–10 and substitute:

'Theoretical perspectives including rational choice; evolutionary psychology; interpersonal interaction; social integration and networks; functionalism. Substantive problems including stratification; gender; race and ethnicity; collective action; norms; ideology. Candidates will be expected to use theories to explain substantive problems.'

(b) MBA (part-time)

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p.1039, delete l.30 and substitute 'Corporate Valuation.'

(c) M.Sc in Migration Studies

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

1 In Examination Regulations, as published in Gazette, 26 November 2009, p. 303, col. 1, delete from l. 1 to the end of cl. 6 and substitute:

'I International Migration in the Social Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Introduction

5. The paper will cover theories and approaches in migration studies; basic concepts in migration studies; types of human migration and mobility; the history and development of migration studies. Assessment of this paper will take place in the form of one written essay of a maximum of 5,000 words (excluding notes and bibliography). This essay will be expected to display an understanding of key concepts and analysis in the economics, politics, sociology and anthropology of migration. Candidates shall submit their essay to the Examination Schools no later than 12 noon on Tuesday of the fifth week of the Hilary Term of the course, accompanied by a statement that the essay is the candidate's own work except where otherwise indicated.

II Key Themes in International Migration

6. This paper will be examined by means of a three-hour written examination to be taken during Trinity Term. Candidates will be expected to display understanding of the major debates in contemporary migration, including theoretical and practical questions and issues that currently drive research in the field of migration studies. Topics to be covered will vary from year to year, depending on changes in the focus of migration studies.'.

2 Ibid., col. 1, l. 5 of cl. 7, delete 'Nought' and substitute 'Six'.

3 Ibid., col. 1, after 'IV Methods of Social Research', delete cl. 8 and substitute:

'8. Each student must display an understanding of research methods relevant to migration studies, which will be assessed by satisfactory completion of a course of practical work. This paper will cover (i) participant observation, in-depth interviewing, archival research, and qualitative data analysis; (ii) basic principles of statistical inference, and statistical models for the analysis of quantitative social science data; (iii) methods of data collection, including questionnaire design, interviewing and coding; and iv) basic principles of statistical modelling in the social sciences.'

4 Ibid., col. 1, l. 5 of cl. 9, delete 'fifth' and substitute 'second'.

5 Ibid., col. 2, delete cl. 11 and substitute: '11. The dissertation (three copies) must be typewritten and delivered to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, not later than noon on Friday of sixth week of Trinity Term in the year in which the examination is taken. An electronic copy must also be submitted to the M.Sc in Migration Studies Course Administrator, again by the date and time specified above. The dissertation must be presented in proper scholarly form, in double-spacing and on one side only of quarto or A4 paper, each copy bound or held firmly in a stiff cover. The dissertation must be marked for the attention of the Chairman of Examiners, M.Sc in Migration Studies, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford. The word count shall be stated on the outside front cover of the dissertation. The examiners shall retain a copy of the dissertation of each candidate who passes the examination for deposit in the Social Sciences Library.'


7 Board of the Faculty of History

(a) M.Phil in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 535, l. 27, after 'Examination is by two three-hour papers:', insert '(candidates are permitted the use of relevant bilingual dictionaries, which will be provided by the faculty)'.

(b) M.St in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 636, l. 31, after 'Examination is by two three-hour papers', insert '(candidates are permitted the use of relevant bilingual dictionaries, which will be provided by the faculty)'.


8 Board of the Faculty of Law

M.Phil in Law

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 926, l. 4, after 'M.Jur.' insert 'or M.Sc Law and Finance'.

2 Ibid., l. 12, after 'M.Jur.' insert 'or M.Sc Law and Finance.'

3 Ibid., l. 15, after 'M.Jur.' insert 'or M.Sc Law and Finance.'

4 Ibid., l. 21, after 'M.Jur.' insert 'or M.Sc Law and Finance'.

5 Ibid., l. 39, after 'M.Jur.', insert 'or M.Sc Law and Finance'.


9 Board of the Faculty of Music

Honour School of Music

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 375, l. 7, delete 'one copy' and substitute 'two copies'.


10 Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies

(a) Honour School of Oriental Studies (Chinese as an additional language)

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 390, l. 25, delete 'Modern' and substitute: 'History and Culture of'.

(b) Honour School of Oriental Studies (Japanese as an additional language)

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

In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 391, l. 36, delete 'Modern Japan' and substitute: 'Essay questions on Japanese Culture'.


11 Board of the Faculty of Theology

(a) Honour School in Theology in Theology

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2009, p. 450, l.22, after 'passages', insert 'Also, discussion of the relation of Judaism to other religious traditions may be included.'

2 Ibid., l.28, after 'movement.' insert ' Also, discussion of the relation of Judaism to other religious traditions may be included.'.

3 Ibid., l.42, after 'Classical Arabic.' insert: 'Also, discussion of the relation of Islam to other religious traditions may be included.'

4 Ibid., l.50, after 'examination.' insert: 'Also, discussion of the relation of Islam to other religious traditions may be included.'

(b) Certificate and Diploma in Theological and Pastoral Studies

With immediate effect

1 In Gazette, No. 4889, Vol. 139 (16 July 2009), p. 1362, second column, in the first paragraph of the 'Course Requirements' under 'Special Regulations', delete 'A1 or A2' and substitute 'at least one of A1 and A2'.

2 Ibid., in the second paragraph of the 'Course Requirements' under 'Special Regulations', delete 'C1 or C4' and substitute 'at least one of C1 and C4'.

3 Ibid., in the first paragraph of the 'Admission Requirements' under 'Special Regulations', insert the following as the final sentence of the paragraph:

'Students who can demonstrate completed and accredited previous academic achievement equivalent to the Certificate in Theological and Pastoral Studies may, at the discretion of the Supervisory Committee for the Bachelor of Theology, be admitted directly to study for the Diploma in Theological and Pastoral Studies.'

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