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§1. Qualifications of Candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Music

Any persons who have been admitted to the Degree of Bachelor of Arts and have been placed in the First or Second Class (Division 1) in the Final Honour School of Music may apply to the Board of the Faculty of Music for the appointment of examiners and for leave to supplicate for the Degree of Bachelor of Music.

§2. Musical Exercise for the Degree of Bachelor of Music

  1. 1. Candidates shall submit to the Board of the Faculty of Music through the Registrar a Musical Exercise of their own unaided composition. The board shall make and publish regulations concerning the type and content of the Exercise.
  2. 2. The Exercise shall be accompanied by:
    1. (1) a statement signed by the candidate that the whole of the Exercise is his or her own unaided work and has not been submitted to any other person for advice, assistance, or revision or presented for examination in whole or in part in the Final Honour School of Music;
    2. (2) a certificate signed by an officer of, or person deputed by, the society to which the candidate belongs, showing that the entry is made with the approval of such society and that he or she has paid the fee prescribed in the appropriate regulation (see Appendix I).
  3. 3. The Musical Exercise shall be examined by at least two examiners appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Music. The examiners shall report to the board, and it shall be the duty of the board to decide whether leave to supplicate for the degree should be granted to the candidate, provided that such leave shall in no case be granted unless the examiners have reported that the Exercise submitted by the candidate is of a high standard of merit such as to entitle him or her to supplicate for the Degree of Bachelor of Music.
  4. 4. Candidates shall not be permitted to submit their Exercise for approval earlier than the third term after that in which they have passed the examination in the Final Honour School of Music.
  5. 5. No candidate shall be permitted to supplicate for the Degree of Bachelor of Music who has not delivered his or her Exercise in a form approved by the examiners to the Registrar, who shall deposit it in the Bodleian Library.

§3. Degree of Doctor of Music

  1. 1. Any person belonging to one of the following classes may apply to the Board of the Faculty of Music for leave to supplicate for the Degree of Doctor of Music:
    1. (a) Persons who have been admitted to the Degree of Bachelor of Music at this University; provided that no Bachelor of Music may submit evidence for approval until he or she has entered upon the ninth term after that in which he or she was admitted to the Degree of Bachelor of Music;
    2. (b) Masters of Arts who have incepted in this University and have entered upon the thirtieth term from their matriculation;
    3. (c) Masters of Arts of the University of Cambridge or Dublin who have been incorporated in this University and have entered upon the thirtieth term from their matriculation at Cambridge or Dublin;
    4. (d) Undergraduates or Bachelors of Arts of the University of Cambridge or Dublin who have been incorporated and have incepted in the Faculty of Arts in this University and have entered upon the thirtieth term from their matriculation at Cambridge or Dublin;
    5. (e) Persons on whom the Degree of Master of Arts has been conferred by decree or special resolution, other than a degree honoris causa, and who have entered upon the ninth term from their admission to that degree.
  2. Candidates intending to submit for the Degree of Doctor of Music are strongly advised to consult the Chair of the Faculty Board who will arrange, free of charge, for an advisory consultation on one or more of the works intended for submission, prior to their formal submission.
  3. 2. A candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Music shall be required to submit through the Registrar two copies of a portfolio for approval by the Board of the Faculty of Music. The portfolio shall normally consist of between five and seven compositions which, taken together, demonstrate originality and high level of technical and aesthetic distinction, significantly in advance of what is required for a D.Phil. in composition. Each portfolio shall include a copy of any recordings of the compositions. The portfolio should demonstrate an ability to handle varied musical forces and large-scale structures. Where the composer is predominantly concerned with acoustic instrumental music, there should be evidence of extended structures such as symphonic work and carefully wrought music such as that associated with the string quartet medium, amongst contrasting work. Where the composer has concentrated on the development of other areas, such as mixed media, studio, ethnic or community approaches, the work should be of comparable quality in its field. No work so submitted shall have previously been submitted for examination purposes, but it may previously have been published in any of the forms indicated in (3) below. The application shall be accompanied by:
    1. (1) evidence that the candidate's application has the approval of his or her society;
    2. (2) the fee prescribed in the appropriate regulation (see Appendix I).
    3. (3) A list of publications where publication is understood to take place by any or all means including public performance, CD recording, broadcast etc. and not solely or necessarily by commercial printing of the score.
    4. (4) A curriculum vitae (including main landmarks in career, full list of significant published works with full details of principal performances, esteem indicators such as prizes, bursaries, composer-in-residence posts, honours).
    5. (5) A declaration that the portfolio is the candidate's own unaided work.
  4. 3. On receipt of an application under clause 2 above, the Registrar shall submit it to the Board of the Faculty of Music as soon as may be, for approval. The board shall appoint two external assessors to consider the portfolio and present an agreed joint report to the board. The report should be sufficiently comprehensive and detailed to enable the board to assess the work submitted by the candidate, and should make a clear recommendation as to whether the degree is to be awarded. The board shall decide whether the evidence submitted by the candidate is of sufficient merit to entitle him or her to supplicate for the Degree of Doctor of Music.
  5. 4. If the board approves the evidence as of sufficient merit it shall give leave to the candidate to supplicate for the degree, and shall notify its decision in the University Gazette. One copy of each musical work so approved shall remain in the possession of the University for deposit in the Bodleian Library.