Master of Philosophy in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation (EBSIPE)

  • 1. Candidates must follow for at least six terms a course of instruction in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation.

  • 2. Qualifying Test

    Every candidate must pass a qualifying test at the end of Trinity Full Term in the two compulsory papers, either Evidence-Based Social Intervention or Policy Evaluation, and Evaluation Methods and one Optional Paper from the list of optional papers published annually by Friday of the sixth week of Michaelmas Full Term in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. The examiners may examine candidates viva voce[For students starting from MT 2018: if requred]. Candidates who fail the qualifying test will be allowed to retake the test [For students starting from MT 2018: once ]before the beginning of the first week of the next academic year. The Social Policy and Intervention Graduate Studies Committee can decide that the retake shall consist of the whole test or parts thereof.

  • 3. Final Examination

    Every candidate must offer:

    • [For students starting before MT 2018: (i)][For students starting from MT 2018: i] One further optional paper, also examined by a three-hour unseen written exam. This will be from a list published annually by Friday of the sixth week of Michaelmas Full Term in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention.[For students starting from MT 2018: Candidates are expected to take options offered through the EBSIPE course. Only in exceptional circumstances and with the special permission of the Course Director, the optional paper may be from subjects outside this list.]

    • [For students starting before MT 2018: (ii)][For students starting from MT 2018: ii] One research thesis1 on a topic related to and attentive to the evidence-based social intervention, policy evaluation or evaluation methods. The subject of the thesis must be approved by the supervisor on behalf of the Department and it should not exceed 30,000 words in length. The thesis must be submitted via WebLearn by noon of Friday of the sixth week of Trinity Full Term in which the examination is to be taken. The thesis must be anonymous, and submitted in Word format. Successful candidates may be required to deposit a hard copy of their thesis in the Social Sciences Library.

  • The examiners may examine any candidate viva voce.

  • The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination on the basis of the material submitted to them in both the qualifying test and the final examination.

Compulsory Papers

Evidence-Based Social Intervention or Policy Evaluation. As specified for the M.Sc. in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation.

Evaluation Methods. As specified for the M.Sc. in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation.

Optional Papers

The list of options will be published annually by Friday of the sixth week of Michaelmas Full Term in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. In exceptional circumstances and with the special permission of the Course Director, the optional paper may be from subjects outside of this list.

1 See the general regulations concerning the preparation and dispatch of theses.