Master of Studies in Oriental Studies

  • 1. Before admission to the course, candidates must satisfy the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies that they possess the necessary qualifications to profit by the course. The Board will not permit students to be admitted to the course if an M.St. in a particular subject under the aegis of the Board is considered more appropriate.

  • 2. Candidates shall be required to attend for at least three terms such lecture courses and participate in such seminars as their supervisor shall specify.

  • 3. Syllabus

  • There will be four Units:

    • [For students starting before MT 2015: Unit (i) Candidates shall submit either (A) two typed copies each of two essays of between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length, or (B) two typed copies of a dissertation (excluding bibliography).]

    • [For students starting from MT 2015:  Unit (i) Candidates shall submit either (A) two typed copies each of two essays of between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length, or (B) two typed copies of a thesis of between 12,000 and 15,000 words in length (excluding bibliography).]

    • Option (A) may be any two of the following:

      • a. what might become part of a thesis for the M.Litt or D.Phil;

      • b. an essay on the theoretical issues raised by the subject which the candidate is proposing for the thesis;

      • c. an essay on a topic relevant to the subject of the thesis;

      • d. a discussion of the historical and literary background or of the source material which is relevant to the proposed subject.

    • Option (B) should be equivalent to a substantial draft chapter or chapters of a proposed thesis for the M.Litt or the D.Phil.

    • The essays or [For students starting before MT 2015: dissertation] [For students starting from MT 2015: thesis] must be submitted to the Chair of Examiners, M.St in Oriental Studies, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, not later than 12 noon on Friday of fourth week of Trinity Term.

    • Units (ii) and (iii) Two three-hour examination papers, which may be any combination of language or non-language papers. When the elective papers are shared with another degree, the regulations for the paper follow that of the home degree.

    • Unit (iv) A prescribed essay, prepared in proper scholarly form, on research methods and materials relating to the area of study chosen under (i) above, of between 5,000 and 7,000 words. The topic of the essay will be set at the conclusion of the examination papers Units [For students starting before MT 2016: (i),] (ii) and (iii). The essay must be submitted to the Chair of Examiners, M.St in Oriental Studies, Examination Schools not later than seven days from the date on which the topic was set.

  • Candidates must submit titles for their written work (Unit (i) of the examination, above) and subjects for the two examinations (Units (ii) and (iii) of the examination, above) to the Faculty office by Monday of Week 0 of Hilary Term.

  • 4. Lists of set texts must be submitted to the Faculty office by Friday of Week 7 of Michaelmas term.

  • 5. All work submitted to the Chair of Examiners must be in typewritten form. Two copies must be submitted, securely sealed and addressed. An electronic copy of the thesis or essays for unit (i), must be submitted in PDF format in a memory stick or CD with the hard copies of the thesis [For students starting from MT 2016: or essays]. The work must bear the candidate’s examination number (but not the candidate’s name, which must be concealed). Candidates must include a signed declaration sealed in an envelope addressed to the Chair of Examiners that the work is the candidate’s own.

  • 6. Candidates may be required to attend a viva.  

  • [For students starting from MT 2016: 7. In the case of failure in just one element of the examination, the candidate will be permitted to retake that element of the examination on one further occasion, not later than one year after the initial attempt.]