Master of Studies in History of Design

[For students starting before MT 2015: 1. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in the History of Design. The course will be taken on a part-time basis over a period of not fewer than two years and not more than three years within a maximum period of five years.

2. The examination will consist of the following parts:

  • A Mandatory Course Papers

    Every candidate must submit a written assignment for each of the three mandatory course papers taught in Year 1:

    • I. Techniques and Materials (Object Case Study: 2,500 words)

    • II. Historical Methods (Methodology and Critical Sources Review: 3,000 words)

    • III. Research Project (Extended Essay: 5,000 words)

  • B Advanced Papers

    Every candidate must follow two Advanced Papers courses from the options listed in the Schedule below, and submit one written assignment of no more than 5,000 words in length for each paper. Candidates will select two Advanced Papers in Year 2 of the M.St from a list of available options.

  • C Dissertation

    Every candidate must produce a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, including appendices but excluding bibliography and endnotes, on a topic approved by the Course Director. 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 Degree of M.St in the History of Design, c/o Head of Examinations and Assessment, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.

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. A candidate who fails a core topic or 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.

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 *

    Medieval Period or Early Modern Paper Option (shared with the proposed M.St Architectural History)

    • 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.

A Postgraduate Diploma will be available only to those registered as M.St students but who for whatever reason are not continuing to complete the full M.St. To be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in the History of Design students must successfully complete the Core papers in 2A(I-III) and the Advanced Papers in 2B.]

[For students starting from MT 2015: 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. 

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.       

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

• 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.]