Master of Philosophy in Politics (Comparative Government, Political Theory, European Politics and Society)
Differences from 2014/15 to 2022/23
( See also the general notice at the commencement of these regulations. The current edition of the Student Handbook contains an elaborated version of these regulations. )
The regulations made by the Politics Graduate Studies Committee are as follows:
Each candidate must pass
a Qualifying Test at the end of the third term from the beginning of the course in the two compulsory papers specified for their course, unless given exemption by the Politics Graduate Studies Committee . In Comparative Government the two compulsory papers are Comparative Government and Research Methods in Political Science. In European Politics and Society the two compulsory papers are European Governance and Research Methods in Political Science. In Political Theory the two compulsory papers are Theory of Politics and Research Methods in Political Theory. Candidates who fail the written examination part of the Qualifying Test will normally be allowed to retake it before the beginning of the next academic year. Compulsory papers:
i) Research Methods in Political Science (
Compulsory paper for Comparative Government and European Politics and Society students only
). Candidates will satisfactorily complete a programme of core
optional research methods training, as specifiedin the aResearch Design Essayof between 4,000and 6,000words, excluding bibliography, on the subject of the student ’s proposed M.Phil.thesis. Two hard copiesof the Research Design Essay, together with a copy on CD,must be submitted to the Examination Schoolsby noon on the Friday of sixth week of Trinity Term. Itmust be accompanied by a separatesigned declaration that it is the candidate ’s own work except where otherwise indicated and that it has not previously been submitted for assessment, either at Oxford or at another institution. The Director of Graduate Studies in Politics shall drawthe attention ofthe examiners to the names ofany candidates who have failed to complete their research methods training to a satisfactory level of quality, and the examiners may require candidates to retake the course or a specified part thereof.
Candidates in European Politicsand Society will be requiredto have a working (i.e. good reading) knowledgeof twoof the following languages ofthe European Union: viz. English,and one of French, German, Italian, Polish, or Spanish. Unless exempted bythe Politics Graduate Studies Committee, candidates will be tested in the language or languages they propose to offer by the end of their third term.
Candidates who fail the
testwill normally be allowedto retake the testbefore the beginning of the next academic year. ( b ) (Compulsory paperfor Comparative Government students only) The theory and practice of government in modern states. ( c ) Theory of Politics (Compulsory paper for Political Theory students only) A criticalexamination of political concepts and theories, including social concepts and theories with political relevance. ( d ) European Governance (Compulsory paper for European Politics and Society students only) The constitutions and formal structure of governments in European states, including the UK, and the theory and practice of integration in Europe. The marks achieved by candidates in the two compulsory papersof the Qualifying Test will becarried forward to be considered by the examinersin the second year alongsidethe marks achieved in the Final Examination.
No candidate shall enter the
final examinationunless he or she hasalready passed the Qualifying Test. In the final examinationevery candidate must offer:
(1) A thesis
1of not more than 30,000 words, excluding bibliography. Two hard copies, together with a copy on CD,must be submitted tothe Examination Schoolsby noon on the Monday of first week of Trinity Term. The thesis must be accompanied by a separate signed declaration that itis the candidate ’s own work except where otherwise indicatedand that it has not previously beensubmitted for assessment, either at Oxfordor at another institution. After the examination process is complete, each successful candidate must deposit one hardbound copy of their thesis in the Bodleian Library.
subjectpapers taken from the approved list of optionalsubjects in Politics, as published in the Student Handbook by the Politics Graduate Studies Committee on Monday of first week of Michaelmas Term each academic year to apply to candidates being examined in the Trinity Term of that year. Candidates should note that the Politics subjects available in any particular year will depend on the availability of teaching resources. Not all subjects will be available in every year and restrictions may be placed on the number of candidates permitted to offer certain subjects in any particular year.
Candidates may, with
the special permission of the Politics Graduate Studies Committee, offer subjects beyond the approved list of Politics subjects. Applications must be made by the last Friday of the Trinity Term preceding that in which the examination is to be taken, and must be supported by the student’s supervisor. Supervisors should ensure that applications are submitted as early as possible so that if approval is not given, the candidate has sufficient time to choose an alternative. Candidates must present themselves for
may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination on the basis of the work submitted to them in both the Qualifying Test and the Final Examination.