Master of Philosophy in Social Anthropology

The Social Sciences Divisional Board shall elect for the supervision of the course a Standing Committee, namely the Teaching Committee of the School of Anthropology, which shall have power to arrange lectures and other instruction. The course director shall be responsible to that committee.

The examination shall consist of the following:

  • 1. Qualifying Examination

    Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in an examination for which, if he or she passes at the appropriate level, he or she will be allowed to proceed to the second year of the M.Phil. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in Social Anthropology for at least three terms, and will, when entering for the examinations, be required to produce a certificate from their supervisor to this effect. The Qualifying Examination shall be taken in the Trinity Term of the academic year in which the candidate's name is first entered on the Register of M.Phil. students or, with the approval of the divisional board, in a subsequent year.

    Each candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in papers I-IV on the syllabus described in the Schedule for the M.Sc. in Social Anthropology, and governed by regulation 4 for that degree.

  • 2. Final Examination

    This shall be taken in the Trinity Term of the academic year following that in which the candidate's name is first entered on the Register of M.Phil. Students or, with the approval of the Teaching Committee, in a subsequent year.

    Each candidate shall be required:

    • (i) to present himself or herself for written examination in one of the optional areas or topics available for that year, other than that taken by the candidate in the M.Phil. Qualifying Examination the previous year;

    • (ii) [For students starting before MT 2017: to submit to the Chair of Examiners not later than noon on Tuesday of the fifth week of Trinity Term an essay of 5,000 words (two copies) in the field of general Social Anthropology, on a topic to be selected from a list set by the examiners at the beginning of the third week of Trinity Term;] [For students starting from MT 2017: to submit via WebLearn not later than noon on Tuesday of the fifth week of Trinity Term an essay of not more than 5,000 words in the field of general Social Anthropology, on a topic to be selected from a list set by the examiners at the beginning of the third week of Trinity Term; the essay must be anonymous, accompanied by confirmation that it is the candidate’s own work, and submitted in Word format;]

    • (iii) to submit a thesis in accordance with the regulations below;

    • (iv) to present himself or herself for oral examination if required by the examiners.

  • 3. Thesis 15

    Each candidate shall be required to submit a thesis of not more than 30,000 words (excluding references and appendices) on a subject approved by the supervisor. He or she shall send to the Teaching Committee of the School of Anthropology, with the written approval of his or her supervisor, [For students starting from MT 2016: and on a form provided for that purpose,] [For students starting before MT 2016: the proposed] [For students starting from MT 2016: a preliminary] title of the thesis, together with a paragraph describing its scope, by noon on the [For students starting before MT 2016: Monday] [For students starting from MT 2016: Tuesday] of [For students starting before MT 2016: second] [For students starting from MT 2016: the fifth] week of the [For students starting before MT 2016: Michaelmas] [For students starting from MT 2016: Trinity] Term [For students starting from MT 2016: of the first year of the course. A further form, identical in its provisions, and confirming or amending the earlier submission as necessary, shall be submitted to the above Committee by noon on the Monday of the second week of the Michaelmas Term] in the academic year following that in which his or her name was entered on the Register of M.Phil. Students. The thesis (three copies) must be typewritten and delivered to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, not later than noon on Tuesday of the second week of the Trinity Term in the academic year in which the Final Examination is taken. The dissertation shall be provided with an abstract of up to 250 words, to be placed immediately after the title page. The word count shall be stated on the outside front cover of the thesis.

    The examiners shall require a successful candidate to deposit a copy of his or her thesis in the Tylor Library. If the thesis is superseded by a D.Phil. thesis by the same student partly using the same material, the Teaching Committee of the School of Anthropology may authorise the withdrawal of the M.Phil. thesis from the Tylor Library. Such candidates will be required to sign a form stating whether they give permission for their thesis to be consulted.

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

    If it is the opinion of the examiners that the work which has been required of a candidate is not of sufficient merit to qualify him or her for the Degree of M.Phil. the candidate shall be given the option of resitting the M.Phil. examination under the appropriate regulation.

  • 4. Resits

    In order to pass the degree, a student must pass all its assessed components. Where one or more components are failed, the student will be given the opportunity to re-sit or re-submit them once, as the case may be. Any subsequent award of the degree on successful completion of all the assessed components may be delayed by up to three terms, i.e. until the Examination Board next meets.

15 See the general regulation concerning the preparation and dispatch of theses.