Appendix 5: Examinations and progressing through the system

Entering for University Examinations

Papers are usually taken in the Examination Schools in High Street. Students are reminded that sub-fusc must be worn. Please check the Oxford students website for examination entry and alternative examination arrangements (www.ox.ac.uk/students/academic/exams).

Examination dates

Written examination papers: Provisionally, the written exams will be held during the seventh week in Trinity Term. A timetable will be circulated in Trinity Term and published on the Examination Schools website (www.ox.ac.uk/students/academic/exams/timetables). An individual timetable will be issued to you via the student system.

Results

  • All students are entitled to know the marks they received on each of the June papers they have taken and the average of all their marks.
  • Those who gain an overall mark of 60 or more in the June exams may transfer directly if they wish to the second year of the MPhil (except CEA).
  • Those continuing with the MSc write and submit their dissertations over the summer.
  • MPhil first-year students who receive a mark of between 50 and 59 in the June examinations can only continue by transferring temporarily to the MSc and writing an MSc dissertation over the summer. If they achieve an overall mark of 60 or above in September, they maytransfer back to the MPhil degree for the second year.
  • Students gaining a final mark of 70 or more will be awarded a distinction.
  • All students who achieve a final mark at the end of the examination process of 67 or more for the MSc will be eligible, if they wish, to take their degrees and apply for readmission as a Probationer Research Student (PRS) as a step towards the DPhil. Summarised here. See elsewhere for details of other conditions for progression, which is not guaranteed.
  • All students for the MSc degrees (except CEA) who achieve a final mark of 60 or more will be eligible, if they wish, to transfer to the second year of the MPhil In this case they should not supplicate for the MSc degree: that is, they must not actually take the MSc degree at a graduation ceremony or in absentia.
  • Those whose mark is above 50 but below 60 achieve the degree of MSc but will not be allowed to proceed further to either PRS status or the second year of the MPhil
  • The minimum pass mark for the MSc is 50. Those with a final mark of less than 50 will have failed to gain a qualification. Students who fail can re-sit the examination once during the following year, or any subsequent year. They are not entitled to any teaching during this period.

In summary:

Rule one: In order to proceed to the second year of the MPhil (in SA, VMMA, MA), you need a minimum of 60, otherwise you have to transfer to the MSc; if you achieve a mark of 60 or above in that degree, you may transfer back to the second year of the MPhil, otherwise you will be required to take the MSc degree.

Rule two: In order to proceed from MSc to PRS, you need a minimum of 67, otherwise you need to transfer to the second year of the MPhil (if available) and then proceed via the MPhil route, achieving a mark of 67 in the second year of the MPhil.

Rule three: In order to proceed from MSc to PRS or MPhil to DPhil, you will need a minimum of 67 (applies to second year of MPhil only). In exceptional cases where the potential supervisor(s) is (are) willing to make the case, a lower mark may be considered, but this must be agreed by the department as a whole acting in committee.

Notes: The pathway to and via the MPhil does not apply to Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, where there is no MPhil.