Master of Studies in Global and Imperial History

Differences from 2014/15 to 2023/24

The regulations of the Board of the Faculty of History are as follows:

  • 1. Candidates for this degree must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction and directed research and must, upon entering the examination, produce from their society a certificate to that effect.

  • 2. Candidates must attend such lectures, seminars and classes as their supervisor shall determine., Inin addition to the formally examined programme elements described below, each candidate will be expected to attend and complete in-course requirements for a series of skills and specialist options based on a schedule to be published from year to year by the Faculty’s Graduate Studies Committee.

  • 3. The final examination shall comprise (i) twoone extended essaysessay of 4,000-5,000 words based on the programme's Concepts and Themes course, (ii) one extended essay of between 46,000500 and 57,000500 words based on an Advanced Option, (ii)or oneother three-hourassessment examinationas paperrequired based onby the relevant regulations where an Advanced Option is taken from another programme’s conceptualof and methodological componentstudy, and (iii) a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

    • I. TheDuring programmeMichaelmas hasTerm threeeach streams,candidate providingwill theattend followingcore distinctclasses Advancedon Options:

      • (i)concepts Imperialand History : Empiresthemes in Globalglobal Historyand 1750-2000;

      • (ii) South Asian History : paper t.b.c.;

      • (iii) East Asian History :imperial history andfrom historiographyCE 1400. The core classes will be assessed by an extended essay of modernbetween China.

    • Two copies of the two essays4, addressed to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Global000 and Imperial5,000 Historywords, which must be submitteduploaded to the ExaminationUniversity Schools,approved Highonline Street,assessment Oxfordplatform by 12 noon on Monday of Week NineOne of Hilary Term.

    • In Hilary Term, candidates will take one Advanced Option. Details of available Advanced Options are published in the course handbook. Approval of an Advanced Option choice must be obtained from the programme convenor and the Director of Graduate Studies by Friday of Week 4 of Michaelmas Term. The Advanced Option essay must be uploaded to the University approved online assessment platform by 12 noon on Monday of Week 9 of Hilary Term. The essaysessay should reflect the skills and understanding acquired by the candidate through attending the Advanced Option classes. One of the essaysIt may complement – but mustmay not share significant content with – the dissertation, and the essays are also expected to be distinct from each other in period or issues covered.

    • IICandidates wishing to take an Option paper from another programme offered by the History Faculty, and exceptionally, by other Faculties, may do so with the permission of the programme convenor, the person responsible for the delivery of the requested Option paper, and their supervisor. Such candidates will be assessed according to the regulations with respect to the form of assessment and deadlines governing that Option (i.e. Eachthe regulations of the programme under which the Option paper is offered), but the modes of assessment and deadlines for the other course elements of the programme for which the candidate mustis sitregistered awill three-hourremain writtenin examination on conceptual and methodological issues relating to their chosen stream through the course:

      • (i)force Imperial History: concepts and methods of imperial history;

      • (ii) South Asian History: history and culture of South Asia;

      • (iii) East Asian History: Research methods (East Asia).

    • IIIII. Each candidate must submit a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on a topic, to be negotiated with the supervisor, in the candidate's chosen subject area. The dissertation must include a short abstract which concisely summarises in about 300 words its scope and principal arguments.

    • Two copies of theThe dissertation, addressed to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Global and Imperial History, must be submitteduploaded to the ExaminationUniversity Schools,approved Highonline Street,assessment Oxford,platform by 12 noon on Monday of Week SixNine of Trinity Term. Material submitted under I(i) and II(ii) may be summarised or substantially further developed in the dissertation, but no significant part of the dissertation should reproduce or paraphrase other work submitted for examination. Each submission will require the candidate to make a declaration that it is their own work.

  • 4. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates who have performed with special merit in the whole examination.

  • 5. A candidate who fails one component of the examination will be permitted to retake it on one further occasion only, not later than one year after the initial attempt.