Master of Science by Coursework in Sociology

Every candidate must follow, for at least three terms, a course of instruction in Sociology.

The examination will be in four parts:

  • A. A compulsory paper in Methods of Social Research.  

  • B. A compulsory paper in Sociological Analysis.

  • C. Two option papers. These will be from a list published annually by Friday of the third week of Michaelmas Full Term in the Department of Sociology.

  • D. A thesis of not more than 10,000 words on a topic within the subject of the course to be specified jointly by supervisor and student. Candidates are warned that they should avoid repetition in their theses of material used in their option papers and that substantial repetition may be penalised. Two typewritten copies of the thesis must be delivered to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, by noon of the weekday on or nearest to 1 September of the year in which the examination is to be taken. Successful candidates will be required to deposit a copy of their thesis in the Department of Sociology.

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.