Master of Studies in Literature and Arts

  • 1. Every candidate must follow for [For students starting before MT 2017: at least six terms (and a maximum of eight terms)] [For students starting from MT 2017: six terms] a part-time course of instruction in interdisciplinary study in the Humanities (Literature, History and History of Art).

  • 2. The course will consist of lectures, seminars, on-line courses and individual tutorials.

  • 3. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following parts:

    • (a) Four essays, each of no more than 5,000 words in length.

    • [For students starting before MT 2017: (b) Engagement with the on-line courses to the satisfaction of the Course Director.]

    • [For students starting before MT 2017: (c)] [For students starting from MT 2017: (b)] A dissertation on a topic selected by the candidate in consultation with the Course Director and their supervisor and approved by the examiners. The dissertation must be of no more than 11,000 words in length, and will need to demonstrate knowledge and awareness of more than one subject discipline.

Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination if the Examiners require further information in order to make a judgement on an individual candidate.

[For students starting before MT 2017: The dissertation under 3(c) must be submitted not later than noon on the third Friday in September of the final year of the course to the Chair of Examiners for the Degree of MLA, c/o Registry, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford. All other elements of assessed work shall be forwarded to the examiners, c/o Registry, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford for consideration by such dates as the examiners shall determine and shall notify the candidates and tutors at the start of each academic year.] [For students starting from MT 2017: The dissertation under 3(b) must be submitted in hard copy and in digital copy, format to be prescribed in the course handbook, not later than noon on the third Friday in September of the final year of the course to the Chair of Examiners for the Degree of MLA, c/o Registry, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford. All other elements of assessed work shall be submitted via the approved online submission system for consideration by such dates as the examiners shall determine and shall notify the candidates and tutors at the start of each academic year.]

The assessed work under 3(a) and [For students starting before MT 2017: 3(c)] [For students starting from MT 2017: 3(b)] must be accompanied by a statement that it is the candidate's own work.

  • 4. The examiners may award a Distinction for the MLA.

  • 5. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in 3 may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of part or parts of the examination which they have failed for examination on one further occasion. In the case of 3(a), candidates should resubmit work within one year, but normally not later than three months after the initial attempt. In the case of [For students starting before MT 2017: 3(c)] [For students starting from MT 2017: 3(b)], candidates should resubmit work not later than twelve months after the initial attempt.