Master of Science by Coursework in English Local History

[For students starting before MT 2017:

1. Every candidate must follow for at least six terms a part-time course of instruction in English Local History and must upon entering for examination produce from his or her society a certificate to that effect.

2. The examination will consist of the following parts:

Qualifying test

Every candidate must pass a qualifying test. The test shall consist of the satisfactory completion of a course on:

Concepts and methods: an introduction to research in local history

The organisers of the course shall, not later than the end of the Hilary Term in the first year of the course submit to the examiners a list of candidates who have satisfactorily completed the qualifying course. No candidate who has failed the qualifying test will be permitted to supplicate for the degree. Candidates who fail the qualifying course once will be permitted to take it again, not later than one year after the initial attempt.

Final Examinations

The final examination shall consist of three parts:

  • A. Skills for local history

    Every candidate must submit two written assignments of no more than 2,500 words in length for each of two courses from the list below:

    • (1) Sources, Methods and Foundations in Medieval Local History

    • (2) Sources, Methods and Foundations in Early Modern Local History

    • (3) Sources, Methods and Foundations in Modern Local History

  • B. Advanced papers

    Every candidate must follow either

    • (1) two advanced papers from Schedule A below,

    • or

    • (2) one advanced paper from Schedule A below and a second paper from Schedule B, which consists of papers also offered as part of the MSc in Economic and Social History. Other Schedule B papers may be added subject to the approval of the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee of the History Faculty Board and of the Board of Studies of the Committee for Continuing Education.

      Each candidate will submit two written assignments of not more than 5,000 words in length for each paper. Some Schedule B papers may be assessed by a three hour unseen examination.

  • C. Dissertation

    A dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, including appendices but excluding bibliography, on a topic approved by the candidate’s supervisor. The dissertation must be delivered not later than noon on the last Monday in September of the second year of the course to the Chair of Examiners for the M.Sc. in Local History, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.

Schedule A

Advanced Papers are available in the following areas:

  • 1. The development of rural society

  • 2. Social history

  • 3. Urban history

  • 4. History of religion

  • 5. Architecture and local society

Schedule B

Advanced Papers are available in the following areas:

  • 1. Economic and business history

  • 2. History of science and technology

  • 3. Social history

  • 4. Historical demography

  • 5. History of medicine

  • A list of Advanced Papers will be published by the Board of Studies for the M.Sc. in English Local History in September for the academic year ahead (not all options may be available in every year). The definitive list of the titles of Advanced Papers for any one year will be circulated to candidates and their supervisors not later than Friday of the third week of Michaelmas Term. Teaching for the Advanced Papers will take place in Hilary Term.
  • 3. The examiners will permit the use of any hand-held pocket calculator subject to the conditions set out in Regulations for the Conduct of University Examinations.

  • 4. Each candidate must attend an oral examination when required to do so by the examiners.

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

  • 6. A candidate who fails an advanced paper, or whose dissertation fails to satisfy the examiners, may be permitted to retake the paper, or resubmit the dissertation, on one further occasion only, not later than one year after the initial attempt.]

 [For students starting from MT 2017:

1. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in English Local History. The course is available on a part-time basis only over a period of six terms.

2. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

  • (a) A qualifying test consisting of satisfactory completion of a course on Concepts and Methods: an introduction to research into local history;

  • (b) Skills for local history: one written assignment of no more than 3,000 words in length for each of two courses from the list below:

    • (1) Sources, Methods and Foundations in Medieval Local History

      (2) Sources, Methods and Foundations in Early Modern Local History

      (3) Sources, Methods and Foundations in Modern Local History

  • (c) Advanced papers

    • Two written assignments for each of two papers, each assignment to be of not more than 5,000 words.

    • Papers taken are to be chosen from a list in the handbook to be published by the first week of Michaelmas Term each year. Not all options may be available every year. Other papers may be offered subject to the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee of the History Faculty Board and the examiners.

  • (d) Dissertation

    • A dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, on a topic selected by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor and approved by any two of the examiners. 

Assignments under a), b) and c) shall be submitted via the Department for Continuing Education approved online submission system for consideration by the examiners by such dates as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates. The dissertation must be delivered in hard copy and in a digital format as prescribed in the course handbook not later than noon on the last Monday in September of the second year of the course to the Chairman of Examiners for the Degree of MSc in English Local History c/o Examination Schools High Street Oxford.

  • 3. Candidated may be required to attend a viva voce examination by the examiners.

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

  • 5. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in any part or parts of the examination may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts which they have failed on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the initial failure.]