Master of Studies in US History

[For students starting before MT 2018: The regulations of the Board of the Faculty of History are as follows:

  • 1. Candidates for this degree must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction and directed research and must, upon entering the examination, produce from their society a certificate to that effect.

  • 2. Candidates must attend such lectures, seminars and classes as their supervisor shall determine. In addition to the formally examined programme elements described below, each candidate will be expected to attend and complete in-course requirements for a series of skills and specialist options based on a schedule to be published from year to year by the Faculty's Graduate Studies Committee.

  • 3. The final examination shall comprise (i) two extended essays of between 4,000 and 5,000 words based on the Advanced Option, (ii) one examination paper based on the programme's conceptual and methodological component, and (iii) a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

    • I. There is currently only one Advanced Option in the ‘History of the United States, and the colonies that preceded it, since 1600', which is supplemented by tutorial sessions which enable candidates and supervisors to tailor their studies to individual training needs.

      [For students starting before MT 2016: Two copies of the two essays, addressed to the Chair of Examiners for the Master of Studies in US History, must be submitted to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford by 12 noon on Monday of Week Nine of Hilary Term.] [For students starting from MT 2016: The two essays must be uploaded to the Assignments section of the US History WebLearn site by 12 noon on Monday of Week Nine of Hilary Term. Each submission will require the candidate to make a declaration indicating that it is their own work.] The essays should reflect skills and understanding the candidate has acquired through attending the Advanced Option classes, one of them may complement but must not share significant content with the dissertation, and the essays are also expected to be distinct from each other in period or issues covered.

    • II. The corresponding examination paper on conceptual and methodological issues is 'Methods and evidence in the History of the United States of America'.

    • III. Candidates must prepare a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on a topic in his or her chosen subject area. The dissertation must include a short abstract which concisely summarises in about 300 words its scope and principal arguments.

      [For students starting before MT 2016: Two copies of the dissertation, addressed to the Chair of Examiners for the Master of Studies in US History, must be submitted to the Examination Schools by 12 noon on Monday of Week Six of Trinity Term.] [For students starting from MT 2016: The dissertation must be uploaded to the Assignments section of the US History WebLearn site by 12 noon on Monday of Week Six of Trinity Term. The candidate will be required to make a declaration indicating that it is their own work.]

    • Material submitted under I. and II. may be summarised or substantially further developed in the dissertation, but no significant part of the dissertation should reproduce or paraphrase other work submitted for examination.

  • 4. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates who have performed with special merit in the whole examination.

  • 5. A candidate who fails the examination will be permitted to retake it on one further occasion only, not later than one year after the initial attempt.]