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Master of Science by Coursework in Latin American Studies

For the purposes of this examination, ‘Latin America’ will be interpreted as the eighteen Spanish-speaking republics of the Western Hemisphere, plus Brazil, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.

The regulations are as follows:

  • 1. Candidates for the M.Sc in Latin American Studies will:

    • (a) Follow a course of instruction for three terms and present three examination papers at the end of Trinity Term in the year of registration. These papers must include at least two of the core papers from among the following five disciplines: Economics, History, International Relations, Politics and Sociology.

    • (b ) Submit a dissertation, not exceeding 10,000 words, including footnotes and appendices. A draft title for the dissertation must be submitted for approval by the Latin American Centre Management Committee by 12:00 noon on the Friday of Week 2 of the Hilary Term preceding the written examination. An electronic copy of the dissertation must be uploaded to the University approved online assessment platform by noon on the Monday of Week 5 of Trinity Term in the calendar year in which the examination is taken. Only the file uploaded via the University approved online assessment platform constitutes a valid submission; no concomitant hard-copy may be submitted. The submission must be anonymous, and the submission must be accompanied by a declaration indicating that it is the candidate’s own work.

    • (c ) Candidates may also be required to present themselves for an oral examination if requested to do so by the examiners. The oral examination may focus on the candidate’s examination papers, dissertation, or both.

  • 2. The list of examination papers will be published on the Latin American Centre website and in the University Gazette in Week 0 of Michaelmas Term. Candidates must take the core paper in Economics if they wish to take a further paper in that discipline. Specialisation on a single country or a combination of countries is permitted so long as the choice appears in the list of available papers published.

  • 3. Candidates shall be deemed to have passed the examination if they have passed all examination papers and the dissertation.

  • 4. Candidates must achieve marks of 50 or above in all four components to pass the examination. Candidates who achieve marks below 50 in any component will be permitted to retake the paper/resubmit the dissertation on one further occasion only, in Trinity term one year after the first attempt.

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) Normally two meetings during the bridging programme with the senior advisor appointed by the Saïd Business School at the start of the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme.

(ii) A formatively assessed Integrative Development Plan of up to 3,000 words. Candidates would be required to critically reflect on their learning from the Masters programme and relate this both to their forthcoming MBA programme as well as to their career goals. The meetings with the advisor will frame the design, delivery and discussion of the plan.

(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.