Examinations and Boards

  • Thursday 21 March 2013
  • NO. 5020
  • VOL. 143

Changes to Examination Regulations

For the complete text of each regulation listed below and a listing of all changes to regulations for this year to date, please see www.ox.ac.uk/gazette/examinationregulations.


Planning and Resource Allocation and Education Committees of Council

Changes in Regulations

Explanatory Note

In 2010, Council agreed to introduce a University continuation charge, to be paid by research students who start their programme of study in or after September 2011 and who exceed the standard period of University fee liability; details are given at: www.ox.ac.uk/feesandfunding/fees/information/maxlib/pgrccfaq.

The Planning and Resource Allocation Committee and Education Committee have now agreed that the sanctions in the event of non-payment of the continuation charge should be the same as for non-payment of fees. Cl 1 below makes provision for this. The wording has also been revised to reflect the fact that it has been agreed that the charge will be collected by the University.

In agreeing to the introduction of the charge, Council required divisions to make a minimum level of provision for student support: arrangements for this provision have now been agreed, and will consist of two models. First, in Humanities, Social Sciences and the Department for Continuing Education, the divisions concerned will contribute funds at least equivalent to the minimum level required by Council into existing graduate student support schemes, such as the Clarendon Scholarships, or departmental financial aid schemes. Secondly, in Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences and in Medical Sciences, the charge will be waived for the first three terms after completion of the standard period of fee liability for students on all PGR courses except for DPhil courses which have 12 terms University fee liability, for which there will be no waiver. Cl 2 below makes formal provision for the second of these models.

Text of Regulations

1 In Examination Regulations 2012, p 1106, delete ll 4-17 and substitute (new text underlined):

'(b) In the event that any fee or continuation charge payable by the student, or the relevant instalment towards such a fee, remains unpaid after the due date of payment it shall be the duty of the Bursar of the student's college, or the Registrar for programmes where fees or charges are usually paid directly to the University, or the Head of the student's department for programmes where fees or charges are usually paid directly to the department, to notify the student concerned that, in the event that the fees or charges due have not been paid in full within four weeks from the date of such notification, the student shall be liable for suspension from access to the premises and facilities of the University (including the Examination Schools and other places of examination) from the end of such four-week period until such time as outstanding fees or charges have been paid. The Bursar/or Head shall also inform the Registrar that he or she has so notified the student concerned; and if the fees or charges due have not been paid in full within the specified four-week period, the Bursar/or Head shall inform the Registrar of the position, whereupon, subject to the other provisions of this clause, the University shall have the right forthwith to suspend the student concerned from access to the premises and facilities of the University.'

2 Ibid, p 1135, after l 41 insert:

'Divisions may remit the continuation charge (subject to approval by PRAC) for graduate research students on a specified course or courses of study, provided that the remission applies to all students on that course in a specified term or terms of study.'

Humanities Board

21-03-13 DPhil in Philosophy (13kb)

change in Transfer of Status requirements from MSt in Ancient Philosophy/Philosophy of Physics

21-03-13 MPhil in English (73kb)

 clarification of assessment for options in other faculties

21-03-13 MPhil in Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature (26kb)

to correct two cross-references

21-03-13 MPhil in Greek and/or Roman History (25kb)

to correct an omission

21-03-13 MPhil in Islamic Art and Archaeology (12kb)

21-03-13 MSt in Islamic Art and Archaeology (10kb)

to replace a unit of extended essays with a 3-hour written examination paper

21-03-13 MPhil in Islamic Studies and History (8kb)

to add additional languages to the options available for the qualifying examination

21-03-13 MPhil in Modern Jewish Studies (8kb)

change to thesis submission date

21-03-13 MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (i) (7kb)

error correction

21-03-13 MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (ii) (7kb)

to change the title of one paper

21-03-13 MPhil/MSt in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology (9kb)

revision of text governing re-examination

21-03-13 MPhil/MSt in Modern Jewish Studies (8kb)

to delete one paper and add a new paper

21-03-13 MPhil/MSt Mod Jew Stud, MPhil Mod Mid East Stud, FHS Orient Stud (9kb)

 to change the title of a paper

21-03-13 MSt in Greek and/or Roman History (25kb)

to change wording to reflect current faculty practice

21-03-13 MSt in Modern Languages (74kb)

to amend submission date of the Michaelmas term portfolio of essays

21-03-13 MSt in Music (8kb)

(a) change of essay submission deadline

(b) change in requirements for performance candidates

21-03-13 Honour School of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (31kb)

to substitute an existing paper

21-03-13 Honour School of Classics and Modern Languages (26kb)

21-03-13 Honour School of Classics and Oriental Studies (i) (28kb)

new options

21-03-13 Honour School of Classics and Oriental Studies (ii) (8kb)

deletes a misleading entry

21-03-13 Honour School of English Language and Literature (9kb)

clarifies the examination procedure for paper 1: Shakespeare

21-03-13 Honour School of History (i) (74kb)

changes to date ranges for General History papers IV and V

21-03-13 Honour School of History (ii) (77kb)

changes to regulations governing Further Subjects

21-03-13 Honour School of History (iii) (72kb)

corrections for accuracy

21-03-13 Honour School of History and English (76kb)

minor changes to submission deadlines for 2 extended essays and submission of essay titles

21-03-13 Honour School of History of Art (88kb)

new and reinstated optional courses

21-03-13 Honour School of Literae Humaniores (25kb)

to direct students to WebLearn

21-03-13 Honour School of Modern Languages (i) (7kb)

correction of typing error and page numbering

21-03-13 Honour School of Modern Languages (ii) (7kb)

to change a set text in Portuguese

21-03-13 Honour School of Modern Languages (iii) (12kb)

removes requirement to list paper XII (special subject) options in the Examination Regulations and Gazette in favour of WebLearn

21-03-13 Honour School of Oriental Studies (i) (79kb)

adds Hindi as an additional language option in BA in Arabic/Persian/Turkish with a Subsidiary Language

21-03-13 Honour School of Oriental Studies (ii) (9kb)

minor editorial changes to papers in Islamic Art, Architecture and Archaeology

21-03-13 Honour School of Oriental Studies (iii) (9kb)

deletes 3 Japanese papers in different periods of Korean History and replaces them with 1 new paper in Korean History

21-03-13 Honour School of Oriental Studies (iv) (7kb)

to change the title of a shared Egyptology paper to bring it in line with the Archaeology Department

21-03-13 Honour Schools including Philosophy (77kb)

to alter the prescribed editions of Kant's work

21-03-13 Final Honour School of Theology and Oriental Studies (8kb)

to add Sanskrit as an option to the Buddhism course

21-03-13 Preliminary Examination in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (8kb)

to correct an error

21-03-13 Preliminary Examination in History of Art (8kb)

to amend the instructions for the 'Objects, Images and Building in Oxford' extended essay

21-03-13 Preliminary Examination in Modern Languages (25kb)

minor correction to name of first public examination in Classics and English

21-03-13 Honour Moderations in Classics (i) (49kb)

correction to an anomaly in the text prescription for Catullus in the 'Texts and Contexts' paper

21-03-13 Honour Moderations in Classics (ii) (27kb)

to include compulsory passages for translation and commentary

21-03-13 Honour Moderations in Classics (iii) (25kb)

to direct students to WebLearn

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board

21-03-13 Fusion Doctoral Training Ntwrk/Doctoral Training Prog in Cyber Security (33kb)

two new doctoral training programmes offered from October 2013

21-03-13 MSc in Mathematical and Computational Finance (35kb)

to abolish provision for vivas

21-03-13 MSc in Mathematics and Foundations of Computer Science (79kb)

(a) to update regulations to reflect that pass lists are no longer published
(b) to change location of publication of approved courses from the Gazette to the course handbook

21-03-13 Honour School of Computer Science/Computer Science and Philosophy (41kb)

(a) to make 'Logic and Proof' a core course for the second year
(b) to increase the load in the fourth year to match other four-year degree loads
(c) to change units taken in Computer Science and Philosophy to ensure a comparable fourth-year workload with Computer Science, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Philosophy, and Mathematics

21-03-13 Honour School of Materials Science (79kb)

to provide a classified exit award after the third-year examinations for students on the Integrated Masters Materials Science course

21-03-13 Honour School of Mathematics and joint Schools (64kb)

(a) to rationalise syllabi and move material from second year to third year and vice versa
(b) to increase fourth-year workload in MMath to better equip students for progression to PhDs and bring workload into line with other fourth year degrees and one-year taught-course MScs
(c) to incorporate electronic submission of written assessments in Mathematics and Philosophy
(d) to increase the entry level to Part C in Mathematics and Philosophy
(e) to change structure of Part A in Mathematics and Statistics
(f) to change workload in Part C in Mathematics and Statistics

21-03-13 Honour School of Mathematics and Philosophy (25kb)

to update re-entry details for Part C

Social Sciences Board

21-03-13 BCL and Magister Juris (58kb)

addition of a new course option: 'International Commercial Arbitration'

21-03-13 MSc in Environmental Change and Management (58kb)

minor rewording

21-03-13 Final Honour School of Geography (55kb)

field course moved to first week of Trinity term to allow students a few extra days to complete their reports

21-03-13 Final Honour School of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (84kb)

(a) change to method of assessment on the Philosophy option of Jurisprudence from written exam to long essay

(b) removal of requirement for tutors to countersign declaration that thesis is the candidates' own work

(c) removal of option paper

21-03-13 Preliminary Exams in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (54kb)

minor rewording to rubric of 'Introductory Economics' paper

21-03-13 Postgraduate and Professional Certificate in Education (63kb)

to reflect changes made by and to government departments