Master of Philosophy in Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance

  • 1. The Social Sciences Board shall elect for the supervision of the course a Standing Committee. The Course Director will be responsible to the Standing Committee.

  • 2. During the first year, candidates for the MPhil will:

    • (a) follow a course of instruction for three terms in the MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance under the aegis of the School of Geography and the Environment. They will be assessed in all aspects of the MSc programme, with the exception of the dissertation.

    • (b) develop a thesis topic, the title and proposal for which will be submitted for approval to the Course Director by the end of Hilary Term of the first year, together with the name and approval of a person who has agreed to act as their supervisor during the preparation of the dissertation, on the date specified by the department. Candidates registered for the MSc programme in Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance may request a transfer to the MPhil degree by submitting an application by the deadline stipulated by the Standing Committee.

  • 3. Examinations at the end of the first year will serve to qualify for entry into the second year of the MPhil course. Candidates who fail one or more papers at the end of the first year will be required to resit and pass the failed paper or papers, normally when next offered the following year, before being permitted to proceed with the degree.

  • 4. In the second year, candidates for the MPhil will:

    • (a) offer a thesis of not more than 30,000 words accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 300 words. The maximum word count shall include footnotes, but exclude appendices, references and the abstract. The detailed format and specification of the dissertation shall be approved by the Standing Committee, and be published in the course handbook. [For students starting from MT 2016: The thesis must be uploaded to the course WebLearn Submissions site no later than][For students starting before MT 2016: Two typewritten copies of the thesis must be submitted to the Examination Schools and addressed to the Chair of Examiners of the MPhil in Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance, c/o the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, by] noon on the first weekday of September at the end of the second year. [For students starting from MT 2016: The submission must be accompanied by a declaration indicating that it is the candidate's own work.] Successful candidates will be required to deposit one copy of their thesis in the Bodleian Library, and will be required to sign a form stating whether they will permit their thesis to be consulted. [For students starting before MT 2016: The thesis shall be accompanied by a statement certifying that the thesis is the candidate’s own work except where otherwise indicated. Both copies must bear the candidate's examination number but not his/her name.]

    • (b) submit one extended essay based on new work set as part of the assessment of the appropriate SoGE MSc elective module not taken in the first year of study. Essays based on an elective taken during Michaelmas Term shall be submitted by noon on the first weekday of Hilary Term. Essays based on an elective taken during Hilary Term, shall be submitted by noon on the first weekday of Trinity Term. [For students starting from MT 2017: These essays must be uploaded to the course WebLearn Submissions site by the dates indicated above and must be accompanied by a declaration indicating that it is the candidate's own work.] Approval for the topic of the essay must have been obtained from the elective leader prior to submission. [For students starting before MT 2017: The extended essay shall be accompanied by a statement certifying that the extended essay is the candidate’s own work except where otherwise indicated.]

  • 5. Arrangements for reassessment shall be as follows:

    Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners on the thesis and/or the extended essay may resubmit the thesis and/or the extended essay on not more than one occasion, which shall normally be within one year of the original failure.

  • 6. Viva voce examination: Candidates must present themselves for viva voce examination when required to do so by the examiners.

  • 7. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.