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Examination in Social Anthropology for the M.Phil. Degree

(Statutes and Ordinances, p. 480)

With effect from 1 October 2001

The special regulations for this examination have been rescinded and replaced by special regulations for examinations in Social Anthropological Analysis and Social Anthropological Research as set out below.

Social Anthropological Analysis

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

(a) a thesis, of not more than 12,000 words in length, excluding footnotes, tables, appendices, and bibliography, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology, which shall not fall within the field of any paper or essay offered by the candidate;
(b) an essay, of not more than 6,000 words in length, on a subject chosen by the candidate from a list of subjects published by the Degree Committee, which shall not fall within the field of the candidate's thesis;
(c) subject to the provisions of Regulation 2, two written papers, to be chosen by the candidate, subject to the approval of the Degree Committee, from among the following papers:

Paper 1. The scope of social anthropology I: production and reproduction.

Paper 2. The scope of social anthropology II: systems of power and knowledge.

Paper 3. Social anthropology and the professional process.

2. In place of any one of the papers chosen from among Papers 1-3 which a candidate would otherwise be required to offer under Regulation 1 a candidate may, by special permission of the Degree Committee, granted after considering the candidate's experience and special qualifications, offer an essay of not more than 6,000 words in length, exclusive of footnotes, appendices, and bibliography, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee.

3. The examination may, at the discretion of the Examiners, include an oral examination on the thesis and on the essay or essays offered by the candidate, and on the general field of knowledge within which they fall.

Social Anthropological Research

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

(a) two essays, each of not more than 4,000 words in length, on subjects of Social Anthropological Research chosen by the candidate, subject to the approval of the Head of the Department of Social Anthropology, from a list announced by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology;
(b) one essay of not more than 4,000 words in length and one work-book of assessment of materials on research methods on topics announced by the Degree Committee;
(c) a thesis, which may incorporate a research proposal portfolio, of not more than 20,000 words in length, including footnotes, but excluding tables, appendices, and bibliography, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee.

2. The examination may include, at the discretion of the Examiners, an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.


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Cambridge University Reporter, 25 July 2001
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