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Master of Science by Coursework in Education

  • 1. Candidates must follow for three terms a course of instruction in Education, specialising in one of the following pathways: Comparative and International Education, Higher Education, Digital and Social Change, Child Development and Education, Digital and Social Change or Research Design and Methodology. The Research Design and Methodology course may be undertaken on a part-time basis and must be followed for six terms over two years.

  • 2. Candidates take a combination of six one term required pathway-specific core papers and option papers. Candidates will be informed of the available options, along with the assessment requirement, by Friday of noughth week of Michaelmas Term in the year in which the examination is taken. Part-time students take four papers in their first year, and two papers in their second year, alongside their dissertation.

  • 3. Exceptionally, candidates may offer one paper from a relevant Master's degree in another department in the University, in place of one option paper, subject to permission from the relevant pathway convenor and the Course Director. Applications to take such a paper must normally be made by Friday of the fifth week of Michaelmas Term.

  • 4. Papers are normally assessed by one or more coursework assignments totalling no more than 3,000 words (inclusive of footnotes but excluding bibliography and appendices). All such assignments must submitted electronically by the times and dates specified at the start of the course. For part-time students, times and dates will be specified at the beginning of each year of the course. Each submission must be accompanied by a declaration indicating that it is the candidate’s own work. Exceptionally, candidates are assessed by unseen examination.

  • 5. Candidates are also required to submit a dissertation of 15,000−20,000 words (including footnotes/endnotes but excluding appendices and references or bibliography), the title to be selected in consultation with the supervisor, on a topic relevant to the pathway being followed. 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 to be submitted.

  • 6. An electronic copy of the dissertation must be uploaded to the University approved online assessment platform, not later than noon on the second Friday in August in the year in which the written examination is taken. For part-time students, this will be during the second year of the course. This copy should be anonymous except for the candidate number, and 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

  • 7.  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 when the assessment is next examined the following year. 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 of the core or option papers at the first attempt cannot normally be awarded more than 50 at resubmission.

  • 8. Candidates may also be required to attend an oral examination. The oral examination will normally be on the candidate’s dissertation.