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Master of Science by Coursework in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching (Part-time)

1. Candidates for the M.Sc. in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching shall normally have successfully obtained an honours degree. They shall normally be engaged as teachers of a second or foreign language at the time of application, and shall expect to continue this engagement during the course.

2.  Every candidate must follow a part-time course of instruction in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching as determined by the Course Director. All candidates on the course are required to complete six summatively assessed taught modules, and two formatively assessed modules, or, in exceptional cases and as determined by the Course Director, to give evidence of equivalent learning for one of these two formatively assessed modules. Candidates must also submit a dissertation.

3.  Candidates shall be deemed to have passed the examination if they pass all six assessed modules and pass the dissertation.

4.  In each of the two years of this part-time course, a copy of the two Michaelmas Term assignments must be submitted electronically, no later than noon on the Friday of Week 0 of Hilary Term, and a a copy of the Hilary Term assignment must be submitted electronically no later than noon on the Friday of Week 0 of Trinity Term. Each assignment must be accompanied by a declaration indicating it is the candidate’s own work.

5. Candidates who successfully complete the two formatively assessed modules and the six summatively assessed taught modules and who choose not to continue with their programme of study may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching.

6.  Candidates are required to submit a dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words (including footnotes/endnotes but excluding appendices and references or bibliography) on a subject selected by the candidate in consultation with their supervisor, which must be closely related to one or more of the themes of the course. The subject and title selected by the candidate must be approved by the Course Director at a time to be announced at the beginning of the academic year in which the dissertation is submitted.

7. A copy of the dissertation must be submitted electronically not later than noon on the second Friday of August of the year in which the final Module examination has been taken. This copy should be anonymous except for the candidate number. The dissertation must be accompanied by a declaration indicating that it is the candidate’s own work. Candidates are also required to submit a final, non-anonymised copy of their dissertation to the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) at the same time that they submit the anonymised version for examination.

8.  If a candidate receives a failing mark for any of the summative assessments, they may resubmit the assessment on one further occasion, either by a date for resubmission which will be published by the Course Director when the results are released, and will be no sooner than 6 weeks from the release of the results, or in the corresponding term of the following year when assessments take place. If a candidate fails the dissertation, they may resubmit the dissertation one further time on the next occasion when this is examined. Candidates who fail any modules or the dissertation at the first attempt cannot normally be awarded more than 50 at resubmission.

9. If a failing mark is received on the dissertation, either at the time of the original submission or upon re-sit and a passing mark has been received for 6 assessed modules, the student may apply to exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching.

10. The candidate may also be examined orally. The oral examination will normally be on the candidate's dissertation.