Research Degrees in Anthropology
Differences from 2015/16 to 2019/20
Transfer from M.Phil. status
D.Phil. status A student who has obtained an M.Phil. may only be admitted direct to D.Phil. status on condition thatthe research topic isa developmentof the research contained inthe M.Phil. thesis or ifthe student can otherwise demonstrate his or her competence to undertakethe proposed research,and that appropriate supervision can be provided.
2. Transfer from Probationer Research Student status to M.Litt. or D.Phil. status
For transfer of status, the student should submit two copies in typescript of a substantial piece of written work relevant to the proposed thesis. The work should not exceed 20,000 words excluding bibliography and any appendixes, but including notes, and should consist of, or incorporate, a detailed research proposal. The student will be required to show that the research already undertaken shows promise of the ability to produce a satisfactory M.Litt. or D.Phil. thesis, as the case may be, on the intended topic. Students should submit their work to the Departmental Office,
Instituteof Socialand Cultural Anthropology, not later than the end of Trinity
All probationer research students must give presentations on their proposed research projects to the class designated for that purpose or an agreed equivalent to qualify for transfer of status. They will also be expected to attend relevant courses on training and methods, as agreed with, and directed by, their supervisor(s).
3. Probationer research students with coursework
Probationer research students entering the
Instituteof Socialand Cultural Anthropologyshould normally have a prior, full taught-course degree in social or cultural anthropology at either the graduate or undergraduate levels before being admitted to this status. Exceptionally, however, students who have earned a distinction in either (1) a degree in a closely related subject that includes some social or cultural anthropology, or (2) a mixed degree in social or cultural anthropology and another closely related subject may be admitted directly to the status of probationer research student in anthropology. In addition to the standard requirements for probationer research students in anthropology (and except as varied below), students entering the above Institute via this route should satisfy the following conditions:
(1) they enter the Institute as research students in the Michaelmas term of their first academic year and not in any other term;
(2) the topic of their proposed research lies in the general thematic or geographical area covered by their prior degree;
(3) they undertake a full course of eight tutorials in general anthropology, with essays, in the first
Michaelmas termof their admission as probationer research students. Three of the essays produced for these tutorials are to be submitted for assessment as described below;
they follow a course in an option (area or topic) offered to master’s students in the above Institute in the first Hilary and, where provided for, Trinity terms after their admission as research students. The option must be relevant to their proposed research if one is available (area or topic), except that they may not repeat an option in which they have been examined as part of a prior degree in the University of Oxford. If the student cannot take such an option for either of these reasons, a free choice may be allowed with the agreement of the Director of Graduate Studies for Anthropology or his or her delegate. The student shall write one essay of tutorial standard on the option for assessment as described below; (5)
Note: the work specified in (3
) and (4) above shall constitute Part I of the assessment for transfer from probationer research student to full D.Phil. student, and the text for transfer that the student will be required to prepare on the basis of his or her proposed research (in the same manner as for ordinary probationer research students in anthropology) shall constitute Part II of the said assessment.
Students following these arrangements must pass an assessment of the work they have carried out under (3)
and (4)above (Part I), which shall normally involve scrutiny of three tutorial essays and the option essay.
Both parts of the assessment, i.e. Parts I and II as specified above, must be passed by the student, though not necessarily on the same occasion. If the student fails in either Part I or Part II, or both, he or she will be required to resubmit materials for, and pass, the relevant part(s) within one term of the original submission
. Both elements in Part I, as described under (3) and (4) above, must be passed by the student.
The deadline for a student following this path to submit materials for assessment for upgrade to full status as a doctoral student shall normally be the fourth term after admission as a research student
(i.e. the Michaelmas Term of the second year in the status of probationer research student). Such students are expected to start work on their text for upgrade during the Hilaryterm after their admission as probationer research students at the latest.
Confirmation of Status as a student for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy
The provisions of the Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (§4) shall apply, except as specifically provided below.
Application for confirmation of D.Phil. status shall normally be made not earlier than the sixth term and not later than the ninth term from admission as a research student in the case of a student admitted first to the status of Probationer Research Student, and normally not earlier than the third term and not later than the sixth term from readmission in the case of a student admitted directly to D.Phil. status from an M.Phil. degree within the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.
For students admitted directly to D.Phil. status from an M.Phil. degree within the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography before 1 October 2012:
(i) Application for confirmation of D.Phil. status shall normally be made not earlier than the sixth term and not later than the ninth term from readmission.
For students admitted directly to D.Phil. status from an M.Phil. degree within the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography before 1 October 2011:
(i) Application for confirmation of D.Phil. status shall normally be made not earlier than the fourth term and not later than the tenth term from readmission.
The Teaching Committee of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography may in addition, and for good reason, permit a candidate to defer for a maximum of three terms his or her application for confirmation of status.
A student for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy shall cease to hold such status unless it has been confirmed within nine terms of his or her admission if first admitted as a Probationer Research Student, or within six terms from readmission directly to D.Phil. status from an M.Phil. degree within the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (or within a maximum of twelve terms or
nineterms respectivelywhere deferral has been approved in accordance with the paragraph above).
The student will be required to give evidence confirming that the research already carried out gives promise of the ability to produce a satisfactory D.Phil. thesis on the intended topic. For this purpose the applicant must submit: (a) a detailed outline of the whole of the proposed thesis, including an indication of the topics, theories, arguments etc. to be covered in individual chapters (as applicable); and (b) at least one and not more than two sample chapters. In the latter case, the student is advised to submit one chapter that is basically ethnographic in type (if applicable), the other concerning the more general comparative and/or theoretical issues with which the thesis deals, though this advice may be varied in consultation with the supervisor(s). The outline should not exceed 4,000 words, and the submitted chapters should not exceed 20,000 words in total. If these materials do exceed these limits, the assessors are under no obligation to read beyond them, though they are permitted to require the student to submit extra materials to help them in reaching a recommendation. The materials should be submitted, in two copies, to the Departmental Office,
Instituteof Socialand Cultural Anthropology.
On receiving the application the Teaching Committee of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography shall appoint two assessors. The assessors shall read the script and interview the candidate before submitting to the Teaching Committee of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography a reasoned written report supporting their recommendation. A student whose first application is unsuccessful may be given one further opportunity to apply, following the procedures laid down, normally within one term of the original application, and may apply for an extension of time for one term if necessary for the purpose of making the application.
All D.Phil. students must give presentations on their research projects to the class designated for that purpose or an agreed equivalent to qualify for confirmation of status.
Submission of theses
D.Phil. theses submitted by
thestudents in Anthropology must not exceed 100,000 words, (but excluding glossary, and appendices containing ethnographic material and archaeological evidence), unless for exceptional reasons and on the recommendation of the candidate's supervisor the Teaching Committee of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography otherwise determines. This word limit applies to both the monograph and integrated thesis formats.