Master of Studies in History of Design

1. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in the History of Design. The course is available on a part time basis only to be followed over a period of six terms. 

[For students starting before MT 2017: 2. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following: 

(a) Attendance at classes, individual tutorials, group seminars and other teaching sessions as required.

(b)  A written assignment for each of the three papers taught in Year 1 

(i) Materials and Techniques: an object case study of not more than  2,500 words 

(ii) Historical Methods: a methodology and critical sources review of not more than 3,000 words 

(iii) A research project of not more than 5,000 words.

(c) A written assignment of not more than 5,000 words for each of two Advanced papers selected from the Schedule below.

(d) A dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on a topic approved by the Course Director.  

Assignments under 2(b) and (c) shall be submitted, to the examiners c/o the Registry, Department for Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square Oxford OX1 2JA, in for consideration by such dates as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates. The dissertation under 2(d) must be submitted in hard copy and in digital copy 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 the MSt in History of Design c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG.       ]

[For students starting from MT 2017: 2. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following: 

(a) A written assignment for each of the three papers taught in Year 1 

(i) Materials and Techniques: an object case study of not more than  2,500 words 

(ii) Historical Methods: a methodology and critical sources review of not more than 3,000 words 

(iii) A research project of not more than 5,000 words.

(b) A written assignment of not more than 5,000 words for each of two Advanced papers selected from the Schedule below.

(c) A dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on a topic approved by any two of the examiners.  

Assignments under 2(a) and (b) shall be submitted via the Department for Continuing Education approved online submission system, for consideration by such dates as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates. The dissertation under 2(c) must be submitted in hard copy and in digital copy, format to be 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 the MSt in History of Design c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG. ]

3.  Each candidate must attend a viva voce examination when required to do so 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 of the examination which they have failed on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the original failure.

Schedule 

Advanced Papers are available in the following areas: 

  • • Decoration in Modern France

  • • The Arts and Crafts Tradition in Modern Britain

  • • Design in the Machine Age

  • • Design, Body, Environment

  • • Visual Cultures of the World Wars

  • • Academic Writing and Contemporary Practice*

  • • Early Period

  • [For students starting before MT 2017: • Papers available to be shared with the existing MSc English Local History

A.7 The social history of English architecture, 1870-1940

A.8 The English suburb, 1800-1939      

A.4 English architecture 1500-1640]

 * This Advanced Paper will be assessed by means of two written assignments: a Documentation Project and a Critical Sources Review; each 1,500 words in length. 

Not all advanced papers will be available in any one year and the definitive list of advanced papers available in any one year will be circulated to candidates and their supervisors during the second week of Michaelmas Term.