Master of Studies in Historical Studies

  • 1. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in Historical Studies. The course is available on a part time basis only, to be studied over a period of three terms.

    2. Candidates for admission will be required to have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies normally not more than three terms before admission to the MSt.

    3. Every candidate shall be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • [For students starting before MT 2017: (a) Attendance at teaching, seminars  and supervisions, covering the units listed in the Schedule below;

      (b) A survey of secondary literature of not more than 2,500 words;

      (c) A survey of primary sources for dissertation of not more than 2,500 words;

      (d) A dissertation proposal of not more than 1,500 words;

      (e) Two oral presentations;

      (f) A dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on a topic selected by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor and approved by the course committee.

    The dissertation under clause 3(f) shall be submitted in hard copy and in digital copy to the examiners for the MSt in Historical Studies c/o Examination Schools High Street Oxford OX1 4BG, no later than noon on the first Friday in June of the year in which the course is taken.]

    • [For students starting from MT 2017: (a) A survey of secondary literature of not more than 2,500 words;

    • (b) A survey of primary sources for dissertation of not more than 2,500 words;

    • (c) A dissertation proposal of not more than 1,500 words;

    • (d) Two oral presentations;

    • (e) 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 3(a) to (c) 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. Presentations under 3(d) shall be delivered at such times and locations as are provided in the course handbook.

  • The dissertation under clause 3(e) shall be submitted in hard copy and in digital copy, format to be prescribed in the course handbook, to the examiners for the MSt in Historical Studies c/o Examination Schools High Street Oxford OX1 4BG, no later than noon on the first Friday in June of the year in which the course is taken.]

    4. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of studies at the discretion of the examiners.

    5. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the MSt.

    6. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the dissertation may be permitted to resubmit on one further occasion only, not later than one year after the initial failure.

    7. A candidate who is successful in the examination for the MSt in Historical Studies shall have his or her Postgraduate Certificate subsumed by the Master of Studies.

Schedule

Unit 1: Using Archives and Analysing Sources

Unit 2: Theoretical Approaches to History

Unit 3: Writing History