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Examination in English Studies for the M.Phil. Degree (one-year course)

On the recommendation of the Faculty Board of English, the subject English Studies has been approved by the General Board and the Board of Graduate Studies, with effect from 1 October 1999, as a subject for further study and training in research for the M.Phil. Degree (one-year course). Special regulations for the examination in that subject have been approved as follows:

1. The scheme of examination for the one-year course of study in English Studies for the degree of Master of Philosophy shall consist of:

(a) such bibliographical, textual, or methodological exercises as the Degree Committee for the Faculty of English shall from time to time determine;
(b) two essays, each of not more than 4,000 words in length, excluding bibliography, on topics either prescribed or approved by the Degree Committee;
(c) a thesis, of not less than 10,000 words and not more than 15,000 words in length, including footnotes, but excluding bibliography and any appendices permitted by the Degree Committee, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee.

2. The examination shall include an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls and, at the discretion of the Examiners, on the work submitted by the candidate under Regulation 1(a) and (b); save that the Examiners may, at their discretion, waive the requirement for an oral examination.

The course of study leading to this examination will be as follows:

The course will cover British Literature, 1700-1830, and will be designed to provide training for research in this field. Teaching will be in the form of seminars and classes, together with supervised individual study; training in research skills will be included, and students will be able to attend a wide range of lectures on the literature of the period. Students will be expected to make short presentations at the seminars and classes. Each student will be assigned an individual supervisor, who will give advice on the student's thesis.

It is intended at a later date to introduce similar courses covering other areas of English Studies.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 29 July 1998
Copyright © 1998 The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge.