Master of Philosophy in Latin American Studies
Differences from 2014/15 to 2021/22
( See also the general notice at the commencement of these regulations. )
For the purposes of this examination,
‘Latin America ’ will be interpreted as the eighteen Spanish-speaking republics of the Western Hemisphere, plus Brazil, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.
The regulations are as follows:
1. In the first year, candidates for the M.Phil. in Latin American Studies will:
(a) Follow for three terms a course of instruction in the M.Sc in Latin American Studies with the exception of the
extended essay. Candidates will presentthree qualifying examinations, eachof which counts for 16.6 per cent ofthe final degree mark. Examinations at the end of the first year will serve to qualify for entry onto the second year of the course.
Develop a thesis topic, which will be the subject of fieldwork in the long vacation between the first and second year. A draft title for the thesis must be submitted for approval by the Latin American Centre Management Committee by 12:00 noon on the Friday of Week
0of Hilary Term.
c) Candidates may also be required to present themselves for an oral examination if requested to do so by the examiners. The oral examination will focus on the candidate ’s examinationpapers.
2. The list of
examination paperswill be published on the Latin American Centre website and in the University Gazette in Week 0 of Michaelmas Term . Candidates must take the core paper in Economics if they wish to take a further paper in that discipline. Specialisation on a single country or a combination of countries is permitted so long as the choice appears in the list of available papers published.
3. Candidates shall be deemed to have passed the qualifying examination if they have passed all three
4. Candidates who fail one of the three
paperstaken at the end ofthe first year without compensating strengths on both of the other papersshall be deemed to have failed the qualifying examination. Such candidates will be required to retake the failed paper and pass it by the start of the Michaelmas Term of their second year, on a date stipulated by the Chair of Examiners, in order to continue the course without interruption.
5. Candidates who fail more than one
papershall be deemed to have failed the qualifying examination. Such candidates will be permitted to retake the papers failed on one (but not more than one) subsequent occasion , in Trinity Term, one year after the initial attempt. Such candidates must pass the papers that they have retaken in order to continue onto the second year of the course.
6. In the second year, candidates for the M.Phil. in Latin American Studies will:
Two typewritten copiesof the thesis must be delivered tothe Examination Schools and addressed to the Chair of Examiners for the M.Phil. in Latin American Studies, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford,by 12noon on the Monday of Week5 of Trinity Term in the calendaryear in whichthe examinationis to be taken. Successful candidates will be required to deposit one copy of their thesis in the Bodleian Library, and will be required to sign a form stating whether they will permit their thesis to be consulted. The thesis will be equivalent to two examination papers, and so will count for 33.3 per cent of the final degree mark.
another examination paperfrom the list; or by agreement with the Latin American Centre Director of Graduate Studies and the relevant department, takea methodology or other paper from an appropriate M.Phil. elsewhere in the University of Oxford. The examination will count for 16.6 per cent of the final degree mark.
willbe required to present themselves for an oral examination. The oral examination may focus on the candidate ’s examination papers, thesis , or both.
7. Candidates shall be deemed to have passed the examinationif they have passed all examination papersand the thesis. 8. Candidates who fail the second year examination paper (without compensating strengths on the thesis) or who fail the thesis shall be deemed to have failed the examination. Such candidates will be permitted to resubmit the thesis or retake the examination paper on one (but not more than one) subsequent occasion, in Trinity Term, one year after the initial attempt. Such candidates must pass the thesis or examination paper in order to pass the examination. 9. Candidates who fail both the thesis and the examination paper shall be deemed to have failed the examination. Such candidates will be permitted to retake the examination and resubmit the thesis on one (but not more than one) subsequent occasion, in Trinity Term, one year after the initial attempt. Such candidates must pass both the thesis and the examination paper in order to pass the examination. 10. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.