Master of Science by Coursework in Latin American Studies
Differences from 2015/16 to 2022/23
( See also the 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. Candidates for the
M.Scin Latin American Studies will:
(a) Follow a course of instruction for three terms
and presentthree examination papers at the end of Trinity Termin the year of registration. These papersmust include at least two of the core papersfrom among the following five disciplines: Economics, History, International Relations, Politics and Sociology. Eachof the examination papers countsfor 25 per cent ofthe final degree mark.
(b ) Submit
an extended essay, not exceeding 10,000 words, including footnotes and appendices. A draft title for the extended essaymust be submitted for approval by the Latin American Centre Management Committee by 12:00 noon on the Friday of Week 0of the Hilary Term preceding the written examination. Two typewritten copiesof the extended essaymust be deliveredto the Examination Schools, addressed to the Chair of Examiners for the M.Sc in Latin American Studies, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford,by 12:00noon on the Monday of Week 5 of Trinity Term in the calendar year in which the examination is taken. The extended essay willbe equal to one examination paper, i.e. 25 per cent ofthe final degree mark.
(c ) Candidates may also be required to present themselves for an oral examination if requested to do so by the examiners. The oral examination may focus on the candidate
’s examination papers, extended essay, or both.
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 paperin 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 examinationif they have passed all examinationpapers and the extended essay. 4. A mark of 48 or 49 in one of the exam papers or the extended essay can be compensated for with marks indicating clear ability on the remaining three components of the examination. Candidates who either (i) receive a mark of 48 or 49 in one exam paper or the extended essay which cannot be compensated for by the remaining three components, (ii) receive less than 48 in one of the four components of the examination, or (iii) receive two or more marks below 50 in the four components of the examination, will be permitted to retake the paper(s)/resubmit the extended essay on one further occasion only, in Trinity Term, one year after the first attempt. Such candidates must pass the extended essay or examination paper(s) in order to pass the examination. 5. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.
Oxford 1+1 MBA programme
Candidates registered on the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme will follow an additional two or three
Each candidate will be appointed an academic advisor from the Sa
ïd Business School to plan an individual course of study which will include as a minimum, the following three compulsory elements:
Attendance of oneof the summer elective programmes offered for the Masterof Business Administrationto be published by the MBA Director before the first Monday of the preceding term. Candidates would be required to undertake all assessmentsand receive feedback, but would not obtain credit towardsthe MBA. Candidates are not permitted to subsequently undertakethe same elective as partof the MBA programme the following year. (ii) A formatively assessed assignment of no more than 5,000 words (including all prefatory matter and appendices) supervised by the Saïd Business School academic advisor, which will relate the Master’s degree learning to an appropriate area of the MBA programme. Candidates would also be required to present a work plan related to this assignment to the 1+1 programme class.
(iii) Attendance of the MBA pre-course as described in the joining instructions for the MBA class, unless granted exemption by the MBA Committee on the grounds of prior formal study or work experience.