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Master of Philosophy in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation (EBSIPE)

  • 1. Candidates must follow for at least six terms a course of instruction in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation.

  • 2. Qualifying Test

    Every candidate must pass a qualifying test at the end of Trinity Full Term in the two compulsory papers, either Evidence-Based Social Intervention or Policy Evaluation, and Evaluation Methods and one Optional Paper from the list of optional papers published annually by Friday of the sixth week of Michaelmas Full Term in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. The examiners may examine candidates viva voce if required. Candidates who fail the qualifying test will be allowed to retake the test once before the beginning of the first week of the next academic year. The Social Policy and Intervention Graduate Studies Committee can decide that the retake shall consist of the whole test or parts thereof.

  • 3. Final Examination

    Every candidate must offer:

    • i One further optional paper, also examined by a three-hour unseen written exam. This will be from a list published annually by Friday of the sixth week of Michaelmas Full Term in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. Candidates are expected to take options offered through the EBSIPE course. Only in exceptional circumstances and with the special permission of the Course Director, the optional paper may be from subjects outside this list.

    • ii One research thesis1 on a topic related to and attentive to the evidence-based social intervention, policy evaluation or evaluation methods. The subject of the thesis must be approved by the supervisor on behalf of the Department and it should not exceed 30,000 words in length. The thesis must be submitted using the University approved online assessment platform by noon of Friday of the sixth week of Trinity Full Term in which the examination is to be taken. The thesis must be anonymous, and submitted in Word format. Successful candidates may be required to deposit a hard copy of their thesis in the Social Sciences Library.

  • The examiners may examine any candidate viva voce.

Compulsory Papers

Evidence-Based Social Intervention or Policy Evaluation. As specified for the M.Sc. in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation.

Evaluation Methods. As specified for the M.Sc. in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation.

Optional Papers

The list of options will be published annually by Friday of the sixth week of Michaelmas Full Term in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. In exceptional circumstances and with the special permission of the Course Director, the optional paper may be from subjects outside of this list.

1 See the general regulations concerning the preparation and dispatch of theses.