Master of Science by Coursework in Sociology

Differences from 2014/15 to 2023/24

The Course shall be under the supervision of the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of Sociology, which is under the supervision of the Social Sciences Divisional Board.

Every candidate must follow, for at least three terms, a course of instruction in Sociology.

The examination will be in four parts:

  • A. A compulsory paper in Methods of Social Researchwill be assessed by a written examination and three written coursework submissions.   

  • B. A compulsory paper in Sociological Analysiswill be assessed by a written examination. 

  • C. Two optionaloption papers. TheseDetails of the option papers available including the method and timing of the assessement will be from a list published annually by Friday of the third week of Michaelmas Full Term in the DepartmentCourse of SociologyHandbook. 

  • D. A thesis of not more than 10,000 words on a topic within the subject of the course to be specified jointly by supervisor and student. Candidates are warned that they should avoid repetition in their theses of material used in their option papers and that substantial repetition may be penalised. Two typewritten copies of theThe thesis must be delivereduploaded to the ExaminationUniversity Schools,approved Highonline Street,assessment Oxford,platform by noon of the weekday on or nearest to 1 September of the year in which the examination is to be taken. Successful candidates will be required to deposit a copy of their thesis in the Department of Sociology.

The examiners may examine any candidate viva voce. 

The examiners may award a Distinction for excellence in the whole examination on the basis of the material submitted to them.

Oxford 1+1 MBA programme

Candidates registered on the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme will follow an additional two or three month bridging programme at the end of their third term of the combined programme.

Each candidate will be appointed an academic advisor from the Saïd Business School to plan an individual course of study which will include as a minimum, the following three compulsory elements:

  • (i) Attendance of one of the summer elective programmes offered for the Master of Business Administration to be published by the MBA Director before the first Monday of the preceding term. Candidates would be required to undertake all assessments and receive feedback, but would not obtain credit towards the MBA. Candidates are not permitted to subsequently undertake the same elective as part of 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.