Master of Studies in Women's Studies

  • 1. Every candidate must follow, for at least three terms, a course of instruction in Women's Studies. Candidates will, when they enter for the examination, be required to produce from their society a certificate that they are following such a course.

  • 2. Candidates are required to present themselves for viva voce examination if summoned by the examiners.

  • [For students starting before MT 2018: 3. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.]

  • [For students starting before MT 2018: 4.][For students starting from MT 2018: 3.] Syllabus:

  • [For students starting from MT 2018: 4. Written work, under C (Options) and D (Dissertation), must be submitted by uploading it to the Assignments Section of the MSt in Women’s Studies WebLearn only; no concomitant copy submission may be submitted, for any purpose. Electronic submissions must be received by the deadline; technical problems external to the WebLearn system will not be accepted as grounds for excusing lateness.]

    Candidates must offer A and B below, two options from C, and a dissertation (D).

    • A. Feminist Theory

    • B. Approaches to Feminist Research

    • C. Options. Candidates must follow two of a range of option courses approved by the Joint Standing Committee for Women's Studies. A full list of the options available is given in the course handbook for the academic year in question.

    • D. A dissertation of up to 12,000 words (and not less than 10,000), including footnotes but excluding bibliography, on a subject proposed by the candidate in consultation with the dissertation supervisor. Appendices should be avoided but must in any case be approved by the Chair of Examiners on an individual basis. Cases must be made on the basis that they are required for the examiners to understand the content of the dissertation. The approval form, detailing the title and subject of the dissertation, must be approved and forwarded electronically by the dissertation supervisor, to the Chair of Examiners (c/o Graduate Studies Administrator for Women’s Studies) not later than Friday of fifth week of Hilary Term. The subject matter of the dissertation may be related to that of either or both of the two pieces of written work submitted for the Options courses, but material deployed in such pieces of work may not be repeated in the dissertation.

  • [For students starting before MT 2018: 5. In the case of C candidates will be examined by the submission of written work. The essays submitted under C should be of 6,000-7,000 words, including footnotes and excluding bibliography. The approval form detailing the topics of the written work proposed, countersigned by the dissertation supervisor must be submitted for approval to the Chair of Examiners (c/o Graduate Studies Administrator for Women’s Studies) not later than Friday of fifth week of Hilary Term.The two pieces of written work under C (three typewritten or printed copies of each piece, bearing on the front the candidate's examination number but neither his or her name nor the name of his or her college) must be delivered in envelopes bearing the words: 'Option Essay submitted for the M.St. in Women's Studies’ to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford. The first piece of written work under C must be delivered not later than noon on Friday of eighth week of Hilary Term; the second piece of written work under C must be delivered not later than noon on Friday of first week of Trinity Term. Candidates must themselves retain one typewritten or printed copy of each piece of work. Supervisors or others are permitted to give bibliographical help with and to discuss drafts of written work submitted. Each envelope of written work must be accompanied, under a separate cover, by a signed statement by the candidate that it is his or her own work except where otherwise indicated.]

  • [For students starting from MT 2018: 5. In the case of C candidates will be examined by the submission of written work. The essays submitted under C should be of 6,000-7,000 words, including footnotes and excluding bibliography. The approval form detailing the topics of the written work proposed, countersigned by the dissertation supervisor must be submitted for approval to the Chair of Examiners (c/o Graduate Studies Administrator for Women’s Studies) not later than Friday of Week 5 of Hilary Term. The two pieces of written work under C (word-processed files converted to PDF using the course coversheet as first page of the essay, bearing on the front the candidate's examination number but neither their name nor the name of their college) must be submitted not later than noon on Friday of Week 8 of Hilary Term; the second piece of written work under C must be submitted not later than noon on Friday of Week 1 of Trinity Term; the PDF filename should be in this format: 'Candidate Number Option Essay_M.St. in Women's Studies’. Students must also submit a brief abstract (no more than 300 words) outlining the rationale and the approach of the option essay; the PDF filename should be in this format: 'Candidate Number_Option_Abstract_M.St. in Women's Studies'. Candidates must themselves retain a copy of each piece of work. Supervisors or others are permitted to give bibliographical help with and to discuss drafts of written work submitted. Each submission of written work must be accompanied, as a separate PDF file, by a Declaration of Authorship from the candidate that it is their own work except where otherwise indicated.]

    [For students starting before MT 2018:  6. In the case of D, the dissertation (three typewritten or printed copies, bearing on the front the candidate's examination number but neither his or her name nor the name of his or her college) must be delivered in an envelope bearing the words: 'Dissertation submitted for the M.St. in Women's Studies' to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, not later than noon on Friday of eighth week of Trinity Term. Students must also submit three copies of a brief abstract (no more than 500 words) outlining the rationale and approach of the thesis. Candidates must themselves retain one typewritten or printed copy of their dissertation. Supervisors or others are permitted to give bibliographical help with and to discuss drafts of dissertations. The dissertation must be accompanied, under a separate cover, by a signed statement by the candidate that it is his or her own work, except where otherwise indicated.]

  • [For students starting from MT 2018: 6. In the case of D, the dissertation (word-processed files converted to PDF using the course coversheet as first page of the dissertation, bearing on the front the candidate's examination number but neither their name nor the name of their college) must be submitted not later than noon on Friday of eighth week of Trinity Term; the PDF filename should be in this format: 'Candidate Number_Dissertation_M.St. in Women's Studies'. Students must also submit a brief abstract (no more than 500 words) outlining the rationale and approach of the thesis; the abstract is to be submitted as a separate file; the PDF filename should be in this format: 'Candidate Number_Dissertation_Abstract_M.St. in Women's Studies'. Candidates must themselves retain a copy of their dissertation. Supervisors or others are permitted to give bibliographical help with and to discuss drafts of dissertations. The dissertation must be accompanied, as a separate PDF file, by a Declaration of Authorship from the candidate that it is their own work, except where otherwise indicated.]

  • [For students starting before MT 2018: 7. In the case both of the submission of written work under C and of the submission of the dissertation (D), candidates must ensure that a separate receipt for each submission is received from the Examination Schools and is retained for future reference.]

  • [For students starting from MT 2018: 7. In the case both of the submission of written work under C and of the submission of the dissertation (D), candidates must ensure that they receive the email confirming the submission and that the email is retained for future reference.]

  • 8. A candidate who fails to submit any of the three written elements (that is, the two pieces of written work and the dissertation) by the dates specified above shall be deemed to have withdrawn from the examination.

  • 9. If the two pieces of written work, submitted for C and/or the dissertation, submitted for D, fail the examination, the candidate shall not be granted leave to supplicate for the degree of M.St. Such a candidate is permitted to resubmit the elements of the examination which have failed to satisfy the examiners, on one further occasion only. The two pieces of written work submitted for C shall be resubmitted by noon on Friday of first week of the Trinity Term following their first examination. The dissertation (D) shall be resubmitted by not later than noon of Friday of eighth week of the Trinity Term following their first examination.