Master of Science by Coursework in Public Policy in Latin America

[For students starting before MT 2015: 

For the purposes of this examination, ‘Latin America’ will be interpreted as the eighteen Spanish-speaking republics of the Western Hemisphere, plus Brazil, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.

The regulations are as follows:

  • 1. Candidates for the M.Sc in Public Policy in Latin America will:

    • (a) Follow for at least three terms a course of instruction in Public Policy in Latin America.

    • (b) Present a written examination paper from the list to be published on the Latin American Centre website for this degree and in the University Gazette in Week 0 of Michaelmas Term. The examination will count for 33.3 per cent of the final degree mark.

    • (c) Submit a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, including footnotes and appendices. The title of the dissertation must be submitted for approval by the Latin American Centre Management Committee by 12:00 noon on the Friday of Week 6 of the Michaelmas Term in which they are admitted. Two typewritten copies of the dissertation must be delivered to the Examination Schools, addressed to the Chair of Examiners for the M.Sc in Public Policy in Latin America, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, by 12:00 noon on the Monday of Week 5 of Trinity Term in the calendar year in which the examination is taken. The dissertation will count for 66.7 per cent of the final degree mark.

    • (d) Candidates will be required to present themselves for an oral examination. The oral examination will focus on the candidate’s examination paper and their dissertation.

  • 2. Candidates who fail the examination paper (without compensating strengths on the dissertation) or who fail the dissertation shall be deemed to have failed the examination. They will be permitted to resubmit the dissertation or retake the examination paper on one (but not more than one) subsequent occasion, in Trinity Term, one year after the initial attempt.

  • 3. Candidates shall be deemed to have passed the examination if they have passed the examination paper and the dissertation.

  • 4. Candidates who fail both the dissertation and the examination paper shall be deemed to have failed the examination. They will be permitted to retake the examination and resubmit the dissertation on one (but not more than one) subsequent occasion, in Trinity Term, one year after the initial attempt.

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

Oxford 1+1 MBA programme

Candidates registered on the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme will follow an additional two or three month bridging programme at the end of their third term of the combined programme.

Each candidate will be appointed an academic advisor from the Saïd Business School to plan an individual course of study which will include as a minimum, the following three compulsory elements:

  • (i) Attendance of one of the summer elective programmes offered for the Master of Business Administration to be published by the MBA Director before the first Monday of the preceding term. Candidates would be required to undertake all assessments and receive feedback, but would not obtain credit towards the MBA. Candidates are not permitted to subsequently undertake the same elective as part of the MBA programme the following year.

  • (ii) A formatively assessed assignment of no more than 5,000 words (including all prefatory matter and appendices) supervised by the Saïd Business School academic advisor, which will relate the Master’s degree learning to an appropriate area of the MBA programme. Candidates would also be required to present a work plan related to this assignment to the 1+1 programme class.

  • (iii) Attendance of the MBA pre-course as described in the joining instructions for the MBA class, unless granted exemption by the MBA Committee on the grounds of prior formal study or work experience.]