Master of Studies in Social Anthropology

  • [For students starting before MTĀ 2015: 1. The Social Sciences Divisional Board shall elect for the supervision of the course a Standing Committee, namely the Teaching Committee of the School of Anthropology, which shall have power to arrange lectures and other instruction. The course director shall be responsible to that committee.

  • 2. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in Social and Cultural Anthropology for at least three terms, and will, when entering for the examinations, be required to produce a certificate from their supervisors to this effect.

  • 3. Candidates will be required to present themselves for written and (if requested) oral examinations and to submit three copies of a long essay in prescribed form on an approved topic as defined below.

  • 4. The written examination will consist of four papers on the syllabus described in the schedule.

  • 5. Each candidate will be required to submit a long essay of approximately 5,000 words on a topic selected from a list issued by the Chair of Examiners on Monday of the eighth week of Hilary Term.

  • 6. Three typewritten copies of the long essay must be delivered not later than noon on Tuesday of the first week of Trinity Term, to the Chair of Examiners, M.St. in Social Anthropology, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.

  • 7. The oral examination (if requested) may be on the candidate's written papers, or long essay, or both.

  • 8. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

  • 9. In order to pass the degree, a student must pass all its assessed components. Where one or more components are failed, the student will be given the opportunity to re-sit or re-submit them once, as the case may be. Any subsequent award of the degree on successful completion of all the assessed components may be delayed by up to three terms, i.e. until the Examination Board next meets.


Each candidate will also be required to satisfy the examiners in papers I-IV in the syllabus described in the Schedule for the M.Sc. in Social Anthropology, and governed by regulation 4 for that degree.]