Graduate Course Information

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Postgraduate Lectures and Seminars

International Migration in the Social Sciences I (MS only)

Dr D. Dzenovska

M.9.30-11.30

64 Banbury Road

Medical Anthropology Research Seminars

Dr C. Herrera, Dr. K. Eli & Prof. S. Ulijaszek

M.11-12.30

61 Banbury Road

Introduction to Medical Anthropology

Prof. E. Hsu

T.9

61 Banbury Road

PRS Class

Prof. S. Ulijaszek & Dr D. Dzenovska

T.10-11.30

43 Banbury Road

Principles of Evolution and Behaviour (CEA only)

Dr C. Phillips

T.11-1

64 Banbury Road

Critical Readings in Medical Anthropology (MA 2nd year M.Phil.)

Prof. E. Hsu & others

T.12

51 Banbury Road

Theories and Approaches in Social Anthropology (lecture)

Prof. D. Gellner & Dr D. Pratten

T.12

Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College

Introduction to Medical Anthropology

 

Dr P. Esposito & others

T.2

61 Banbury Road

Keywords Discussion Class (MS only)

Prof. B. Xiang

T.2-4

64 Banbury Road

Work in Progress Seminar

Prof. D. Gellner

W.9.30-11 (wks 1-6)      

43 Banbury Road

International Migration in the Social Sciences II (MS only)

Dr D. Dzenovska

W. 9.30-11.30

61 Banbury Road

Current Themes in Social Anthropology (all SA 1st years)

Dr E. Ewart & others

W.10

Nissan Lecture Theatre (Wk 8 location TBA)

Critical Readings in Social Anthropology (SA 2nd year MPhil)

Dr R. Sarro & Prof. D. Zeitlyn

W.12-1.30

43 Banbury Road

Quantitative Methods (lectures)

Prof. E. Dinas & Prof. R. Harding

W.2-4

Examination Schools (North)

Tutorial Group meetings (MS only)

Dr D. Dzenovska

W.2-3.15

(wks 5-8)

51 Banbury Road

Ethnographic Film Screening

Prof. M. Banks

W.3-5

61 Banbury Road

 

Tutorial Group meetings (MS only)

Dr D. Dzenovska

Th.9.30-11.45

(wks 3-8)

51 Banbury Road Seminar Room

Quantitative Methods (MA 2nd yr & CEA only)

Dr A. Alvergne, Dr E. Reindl & Dr M. Smith

Th.11-1

 

64 Banbury Road

Cultural Representations (SA & VMMA)

Prof. M. Banks  & others

Th.12

Pitt Rivers Museum Lecture Theatre

Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology Class (VMMA only)

VMMA Teaching Team

Th.2-4

Pitt Rivers Museum Lecture Room

Theories and Approaches in Social Anthropology (Class)

Prof. D. Gellner

Th.2-3.30

51 Banbury Road

Dr A. Wand

43 Banbury Road

Dr. K. Isidoros

61 Banbury Road

Dr S. Haines/ Dr N. Mathur

Th.3.30-5

61 Banbury Road

Dr T. Hendriks

51 Banbury Road

(Post)socialisms in a Global Context Work in Progress Seminars

Dr D. Dzenovska

Th. 3.30-6.30 (wk 2)

Th.3.30-5 (wks 4,7)

43 Banbury Road

International Migration in the Social Sciences - Extra Session (MS only)

Dr D. Dzenovska

F. 9.30-11.30 (wk1 only)

64 Banbury Road

The Biocultural Anthropology of Disease

 

Prof. S. Ulijaszek & others                        

F.10

61 Banbury Road

CEA Dissertation Workshop

Dr E. Cohen & Dr B. Tarr

F.10-12 (wks 3 & 7)

64 Banbury Road

Pitt Rivers Museum Research Seminar in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology

Prof. M. Banks

F.1-2.30

Pitt Rivers Museum Lecture Theatre

The Biocultural Anthropology of Disease (Evolution and Medicine)

Dr A. Alvergne

F.2 (wks 1-2, 4-8)

M.10 (wk 3)

61 Banbury Road

Departmental Seminar

Dr M. Clarke & Dr C. Morton

F.3.30-5

(wks 1-3, 5-8)

64 Banbury Road

Other Postgraduate Lectures and Seminars

 

GTC Medical Anthropology Film and Discussion Group

Dr P. Esposito

T.3.30-5

(wks 2,4,6,8)

Green Templeton College, Barclay room

 

Eastern medicines and religions (Argo-EMR) Seminar

Prof. E. Hsu

W.5-6.30 (Wks 1,5,7)

Institute of Human Sciences

Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity

Prof. S. Ulijaszek, Dr K. Eli, T. Bird

Th.1 (wks 1, 3-8)

M.1 (wk 8)

61 Banbury Road

COMPAS Seminar

Migration Observatory Team

Th.2-3.30

Institute of Human Sciences

Astor Visiting Professor Lecture

Prof. M. Jackson

Th. 5 (wk 2)

Nissan Lecture Theatre

St Antony’s College

Undergraduate Lectures and Seminars

 

Key Themes in Social Anthropology (2nd  & 3rd year)

Dr Z. Olszewska & others

M.4

Institute of Human Sciences

Theories and Approaches in Social Anthropology (lecture)

Prof. D. Gellner & Dr D. Pratten

T.12.05

Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College

Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (1st year)

Dr R. Sarro

T.12

Institute of Human Sciences

Gender Theories and Realities (option course)

Dr E. Ewart

W. 2-3.30

Institute of Human Sciences

The Nature of Anthropological Enquiry (1st year Archaeology and Anthropology)

Dr M. Clarke & others

Th. 10-12

School of Archaeology

Cultural Representations

Prof. M. Banks  & others

Th.12

Pitt Rivers Museum Lecture Theatre

Astor Visiting Professor Lecture

Prof. M. Jackson

Th. 5 (wk 2)

Nissan Lecture Theatre

St Antony’s College

Departmental Seminar

Dr M. Clarke & Dr C. Morton

F.3.30-5

(wks 1-3, 5-8)

64 Banbury Road

MSc/MPhil (1st Year) Social Anthropology

Assignment

Deadline

Date

Notes

MSc Dissertation Title Form

TT - Tuesday 5th Week

22 May 2018

Available/Returnable to Main Office

Dissertation

Last Wednesday in August; noon

29 August 2018

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

MPhil Thesis Title Form
(provisional title)

TT - Tuesday 5th Week

22 May 2018

Available/Returnable to Main Office

 

MPhil Social Anthropology (2nd year)

Assignment

Deadline

Date

Notes

Thesis Title Form
(final title)

MT - Monday 2nd Week

16 October 2017

Available/Returnable to Main Office

Thesis

TT – Tuesday 2nd Week; noon

1 May 2018

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

Essay

TT – Tuesday 5th Week ; noon

22 May 2018

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

 

MSc/MPhil (1st Year) Medical Anthropology

Assignment

Deadline

Date

Notes

MSc Dissertation Title Form

TT - Tuesday 5th Week

22 May 2018

Available/Returnable to Main Office

Dissertation

Last Wednesday in August; noon

29 August 2018

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

MPhil Thesis Title Form
(provisional title)

TT - Tuesday 5th Week

22 May 2018

Available/Returnable to Main Office

 

MPhil Medical Anthropology (2nd year)

Assignment

Deadline

Date

Notes

Thesis Title Form
(final title)

MT - Monday 2nd Week

16 October 2017

Available/Returnable to Main Office

Thesis

TT – Tuesday 5th Week; noon

22 May 2018

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

Dossier of practical work:

TT - Tuesday 5th Week; noon

22 May 2018

Submit to Examination Schools

 

MSc Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology

Assignment

Deadline

Date

Notes

Dissertation Title Form

TT - Tuesday 5th Week

22 May 2018

Available/Returnable to Main Office

Quantitative Methods assignments

HT - Thursday 0th Week; noon

11 Jan 2018

Submit electronically via WebLearn

Dissertation

Last Wednesday in August; noon

29 Aug 2018

Submit electronically via WebLearn

 

MSc/MPhil (1st Year) Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology

Assignment

Deadline

Date

Notes

Essay, Paper 1

HT - Tuesday 1st Week; noon

16 Jan 2018

Submit electronically via WebLearn

MSc Dissertation Title Form 

TT – Tuesday 5th Week; noon

22 May 2018

Available/Returnable to Main Office

Research Methods Portfolio (Paper 3a)

TT – Tuesday 5th Week; noon

22 May 2018

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

Research proposal/ essay (Paper 3b)

TT - Tuesday 5th Week

22 May 2018

Submit electronically via WebLearn

MSc Dissertation

Last Wednesday in August; noon

29 Aug 2018

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

MPhil Thesis Title Form
(provisional title)

TT- Tuesday 5th Week

22 May 2018

Available/Returnable to Main Office

 

MPhil Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology (2nd Year)

Assignment

Deadline

Date

Notes

Thesis Title Form
(final title)

MT - Monday 2nd Week

16 October 2017

Available/Returnable to Main Office

Thesis

TT - Tuesday 2nd Week; noon

1 May 2018

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

Essay

TT – Tuesday 5th Week; noon

22 May 2018

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

 

Option courses examined by coursework 

Assignment

Deadline

Date

Notes

Coursework

TT - Tuesday 2nd Week

1 May 2018

Submit electronically via WebLearn

 

 

Penalties for late submission of assessed coursework

The following penalties will apply to all assessed coursework that is submitted late unless there are mitigating circumstances agreed by the Junior Proctor (application must be made via your college: SAME staff cannot give extensions).

Submission after 12 noon on the submission date

two marks deducted

One day late

five marks deducted

Two days late

ten marks deducted

Three days late

fifteen marks deducted

Four days late

twenty marks deducted

Five days late

twenty-five marks deducted

Six days late

thirty marks deducted

One week late or more

zero for this piece of work

 

Examination timetables for written examination papers are now available from the Examination Schools website.

SAME Examination Conventions and Marking Criteria

Full details of the processes of examination and Marking Criteria for the MSc and MPhil degrees are included in the following documents. These detail the criteria used by examiners for assessing the different types of examined work for each of the degrees, as well as dates for submission of work, word lengths, penalties for late submission and exceeding word limits, and the mechanisms for progressing onto subsequent degrees.

The Marking Criteria, which appear in the APPENDIX of each document, have been developed to offer guidance to students on the criteria examiners will be using in judging assessed work. They are also intended to guide examiners in identifying the appropriate mark for the work being assessed.

The Core Criteria, within each given form of assessment (dissertation, exam, essay etc.), are consistent across all of the degrees above, and are viewed as the fundamental traits that define work for each grade band.

The Ancillary Observations include additional traits that may be exhibited by work in a given grade band, in general and in relation to particular subjects (Social, Cognitive, Visual, Medical Anthropology), and are there to aid decision-making in the allocating of a mark within a grade band, and to provide further guidance to students regarding the types of traits that work of a given class may exhibit.

The positive Core Criteria are not replicated across grade bands, so are viewed as cumulative (i.e., for example, work that is in the 70-79 band will be expected to exhibit not only those positive traits listed for that grade band, but those of the lower bands too, except where mutually exclusive).

Candidates are reminded to also consult the relevant course handbooks and Exam Regulations (‘the grey book’) for further guidance on the presentation and submission of assessed coursework.

These Marking Criteria supercede all previous versions.

This is a list of option papers that will be available in 2017-2018. Please note that these options are not guaranteed to be offered in future years.

List A: The Social Anthropology of a Selected Region

A2. Japanese Anthropology (Prof. Roger Goodman)
This course has two main aims: (a) to provide an introduction to Japanese society from an anthropological perspective and (b) to show how the study of Japan can contribute to mainstream anthropological theory. Major themes which will be covered include notions of personhood, rituals and symbols, time and space, structure and agency, continuity and change, and the construction of ethnic, gender, sexual and minority identities. It will be possible to study a number of contemporary social institutions in depth, including the Japanese educational, legal, medical, welfare, company, household and kinship systems, new religions, and the worlds of traditional arts and popular culture. At the micro level, the details of these operations and the ideologies which support them will be examined, while at the macro level the course will explore their relation to other social institutions and the wider political and economic arena both inside and outside Japan.

Assessment: Unseen examination paper, late Trinity Term
 

A3. Native Peoples of Lowland South America (Dr Elizabeth Ewart)
This course introduces you to lowland South America, a region extremely rich ethnographically. The cultural area, initially restricted to the lowland tropical and subtropical regions east of the Andes, is defined more broadly today so as to comprises other lowland geographic regions as well, including the coastal and foothill regions on the western side of the Andes. Moreover, the course will show that cultural continuities between the lowlands and the highlands of South America have been much greater than originally thought. We will introduce you to the lands, peoples and histories of contemporary Amazonians, with a special emphasis on how they think about ‘modernization,’ and how they organize themselves in response to various threats to their ways of living a good life.

Assessment: Essay, early Trinity Term
 

A5. Anthropology of South Asia (Prof. David Gellner, Dr Nayanika Mathur)

There is enormous cultural diversity within South Asia, even within a single region of one country, let alone in the entire subcontinent. There is also a rich, voluminous, and important anthropological and ethnographic literature on the area. This course seeks to provide an orientation and an introduction to the social anthropological themes of caste, kinship, religion, personhood, ethnicity, and political and social change in the South Asian context, including an appreciation of their contemporary relevance. The course will cover classical treatments of the problem (e.g.—on caste—Dumont, Hocart, Ambedkar), critiques (e.g. Appadurai, Berreman, Quigley, Dirks), and contemporary applications (e.g. Mines, Parry, Jodhka, Gupta). The course includes engagement with ethnographic particulars, through close readings of monographs, and with specific sites (primarily in India, Pakistan, and Nepal).

Assessment: Unseen examination paper, late Trinity Term
 

A6. Themes in African Anthropology (Dr David Pratten, Dr Ramon Sarró, Dr Thomas Hendriks, Dr Thomas Cousins)

This course provides an empirical foundation and conceptual framework for the academic study of Africa and its peoples. The course also aims to introduce students to a critical understanding of ethnographic writing on Africa. The course is organized around a series of lectures and readings which introduce theoretical issues that have developed in the anthropology of Africa. These will be presented in weekly classes held in conjunction with a film series that introduces a range of ethnographic and wider issues in African culture and society. The writing of ethnography is necessarily grounded in local concerns and debates and the course will examine how the ethnography of Africa has contributed to the development of the wider anthropological discipline. The course will introduce the challenges of representing selves and others by examining ethnography’s engagement with key issues in anthropology and by exploring ethnography’s relationship with its own past.

Assessment: Essay, early Trinity Term
 

List B: Topics in Visual, Material & Museum Anthropology

B2. Objects in Motion: Debates in Visual, Material and Economic Anthropology (Dr Inge Daniels)
This option explores key anthropological debates about the production, circulation and consumption of commodities through the lenses of markets, religion, and tourism. Drawing on comparative examples from around the world, but with a particular focus on East Asia, the aim is to critically examine contentious issues surrounding commodification, globalisation and cross-cultural circulation of people and things. Topics discussed include the exchange of commodities within gift economies; the impact of commercialisation upon spiritual forms; tourism and notions of authenticity; money, markets and the ethics of global trade; advertising and visual economies, the Internet and mobile technologies, and disposal and the second-hand economy.

Assessment: Essay, early Trinity Term
 

B3. Powerful Things (Prof. Laura Peers)

This option considers the changing meanings and roles of material and visual culture across time and cultures. It will focus on the social and political roles of heritage items and images today as Indigenous societies strengthen distinct identities in postcolonial contexts through re-engagements with material and visual heritage. Examples will be drawn largely from Indigenous North America. How have objects enabled both change and continuity since contact? How do they feature in contemporary social and political movements to strengthen Indigenous identity? Why do historic objects matter to Indigenous people today?

Assessment: Essay, early Trinity Term
 

B4. Key Debates in the Anthropology of Art and Visual Culture (Prof. Clare Harris and Dr Elizabeth Hallam)

Key debates in the anthropology of art and visual culture, drawing on studies of art, artists, museums, and displays from around the world. It will begin with an overview of anthropological approaches to art, and a discussion of questions regarding ‘art’ and aesthetics as a cross-cultural category. We will then examine a range of anthropological concerns with regard to art: distinctions between art and artefacts; processes of production and circulation including art markets, collecting, and the attribution of value; constructions of authenticity and ‘primitivism’, theories of agency, and we will consider how anthropologists might study the burgeoning contemporary transnational artworld.

Assessment: Essay, early Trinity Term
 

B5. Anthropology and Film (Prof. Marcus Banks)

Assessment: Essay, early Trinity Term
 

List C: Themes in Anthropology

C1. Sensory Experience in Therapeutics (Prof. Elisabeth Hsu)

Assessment: Unseen examination paper, late Trinity Term
 

C2. The Anthropology of Law (Dr Fernanda Pirie)

Assessment: Unseen examination paper, late Trinity Term
 

C5. Postsocialism and Mobility (Dr Dace Dzenovska) 

This course examines mobility and migration through the lens of postsocialism. It understands postsocialism not only as a historical period that follows socialism or a set of practices and discourses of “transition” from socialism to capitalism or totalitarianism to freedom, but also as an analytical category. As an analytical category, postsocialism invites attention to geopolitical shifts after the end of the Cold War and their relationship with mobility and migration. The course begins with a discussion of mobility and migration in socialist thought. It continues with an examination of practices and governance of mobility and migration in the context of Cold War political orders marked as socialist—for example, the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and parts of Asia. The course then moves to consider shifts in practices and governance of mobility and migration after the collapse of the Soviet Union and Eastern European socialisms. It covers themes, such as rebordering after socialism, changing political regimes and forms of citizenship, displacement, migration governance, and postsocialist diasporas. In the end, the course invites students to think about how the collapse of actually existing socialisms—and the end of the Cold War more broadly—has affected political imaginaries in relation to mobility.

Assessment: Unseen examination paper, late Trinity Term
 

C6. Mobility, Nation, and the State (Prof. Xiang Biao)
Contemporary life is hardly imaginable without mobility—of capital, things, ideas, images, and people. However, the effects of these forms of mobility and their desirability are variously distributed and perceived across historical and political contexts. This course will investigate mobility-related political tensions of the current historical moment. The course will engage with different theories and ethnographies of sovereignty, nation, and the state, as well as consider whether and how practices of mobility open possibilities for imagining alternative political forms.

Assessment: Unseen examination paper, late Trinity Term
 

C9. Anthropology and Language (Prof. Elisabeth Hsu, Dr Zuzanna Olszewska, Dr Ramon Sarró)
Understanding and using languages as means of communication lies at the heart of ethnographic fieldwork. Language is however also key to understanding a whole range of other social and cultural issues and theories in social anthropology and its subfields. This course will enable students to appreciate the core importance of language as a social practice and its role in socio-cultural processes, including religion, power, resistance, daily life, bureaucracy and introduces students to how anthropologists have studied language as a part of their research and how they theorised their findings.

Assessment: Essay and review, early Trinity Term
 

C10. Introduction to Science and Technology Studies (Dr Javier Lezaun)
This course offers a postgraduate-level introduction to the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). STS is a thriving interdisciplinary field, with a strong ethnographic tradition, that explores how new scientific and technical knowledge is produced, and its impact on society. STS has multiple empirical and theoretical synergies with anthropology, and has become an engine of new insights for the social sciences and the humanities. It is, in particular, a key resource for a new “anthropology at home”: the careful exploration of the practices that characterize modern Euro-American institutions and their global influence.

Assessment: Essay and review, early Trinity Term
 

C11. Anthropology of Environment (Dr Sophie Haines, Dr Javier Lezaun)

Human-environment engagements are at the heart of anthropological concerns with how humans live with and relate to physical surroundings and resources. Anthropology of environment has, since the early days of the discipline, reflected core disciplinary concerns and challenges, and contributed to the development of anthropology and its relevance to other disciplines and the world at large. This option course offers an introduction to core themes in anthropology and environment. It addresses key theoretical concepts and empirical topics that will be useful to students planning anthropological fieldwork in different geographical regions and tackles relevant and timely concerns in anthropological theory and practice, including interdisciplinary research, questions of nature and culture, natural resource politics, feminist and postcolonial political ecology, and diverse ways of knowing and experiencing environments (epistemological/ontological).

Assessment: Essay and review, early Trinity Term
 

 

Who must do what:

Social Anthropology M.Sc. and first-year M.Phil. students:

Two options from any of Lists A, B or C.

 

Medical Anthropology and VMMA M.Sc. and first-year M.Phil. students:

One option from any of Lists A, B or C.

 

Social Anthropology and VMMA second-year M.Phil. students:

One option from any of Lists A, B or C, except that or those in which you were examined in your first year.

 

NB: options not available for:

M.Sc. students in Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology

Medical Anthropology second-year M.Phil. students

The student is primarily responsible for filling the form at the appropriate times and in the appropriate circumstances, as well as for making sure that it is signed by the whole range of individuals or authorities indicated (usually self, as well as the current or new supervisor, the college, the director of graduate studies, and possibly others). Once the form is complete, it should be returned to the general office for copying. The copies will then be filed locally and the originals sent by the COurse Administrator to GSO.

MSc to MPhil or vice versa

  • GSO 28, 'Change of programme of study'. This form is for transfers between different taught courses (including between departments). Do not use GOS 2 for these transfers.

MSc to PRS or MPhil to DPhil

  • Standard admissions form.

MLitt or PRS to DPhil; PRS to MLitt

  • GSO 2, 'Application to transfer status'. This is the form to use for upgrading research students. Do not use it for anyone who has been doing, or is transferring to, any taught course.
  • GSO 2b, deferral of Transfer of Status.

Confirmation of DPhil student status

  • GSO 14, 'Application to confirm DPhil status'
  • GSO 14b, 'Application for deferral of confirmation of DPhil status

 

SAME internal forms

 

Other forms:

  • GSO 3, appointment of examiners (for doctoral and MLitt vivas)
  • GSO 6, to change title
  • GSO 8, dispensation from statutory residence
  • GSO 15, extension of time
  • GSO 16, early examination (for doctoral and MLitt vivas)
  • GSO 17, suspension of status
  • GSO 17a, confirmation of return from suspension of status
  • GSO 18, extension of time to complete minor corrections (post-viva)
  • GSO 23, reinstatement to the register of graduate students
  • GSO 25, change of supervisor or appointment of joint supervisor
  • GSO 29, notification of withdrawal from programme of study

GSO (Graduate Studies Office) numbers can normally be found in the top right-hand corner of the first page of the form. The whole list of forms is accessible from Central Administration, from where forms can also be downloaded.

NB: the ‘student number' (OSS number) on these forms is not the University card number (always a seven-figure number beginning with ‘2') but the number of your student record. It usually consists of from four to six figures and may start with any number. It is the number found on student report forms, and it is also entered by GAO on the original application forms. If in doubt, ask in the ISCA general office or leave blank.

 

Feedback forms for taught courses

Feedback form can be downloaded here.

 

Training Needs Analysis form

The TNA form can be downloaded from this website.

 

Fieldwork and Ethics information and forms

Fieldwork and Ethics forms to be filled in well ahead of travel and fieldwork can be downloaded here.

Transfer/Confirmation of Status Assessment work - can it be given directly to assessors?

Yes it can.

My Transfer/Confirmation is due this term. Does this mean I have to apply by the end of Week 8 or by the end of the vacation?

Under the Exam regulations, milestones must be completed by the end of the term in which they are due (which includes the vac following the term). This means that your application form, GSO2 or GSO14, must be signed by the Director of Graduate Studies to confirm that your assessors' report (recommending a pass) has been approved, no later than Friday of Week 0. In order to complete transfer or confirmation within the term you will need to make your application several weeks earlier to allow time for the assessors to hold the interview and submit their report. Check with the department about the specific hand-in deadlines for each term. Your application form must be signed by your supervisor(s) and college before you hand it in with your written work.

I have been given leave to supplicate but haven't graduated yet. Can I get a letter to confirm that I've successfully completed my DPhil?

You can order a Degree Confirmation letter, free of charge from the online shop. You must have submitted your hard-bound library copy and, if you started the DPhil after 1 October 2007, the digital copy before you can order the Degree Confirmation letter.

I have been given leave to supplicate but I haven't graduated? Can I use the title of Dr?

No. Your graduation, in person or in absentia, is the point at which the degree of DPhil is officially awarded and you may only use the title of Dr after graduating.

I need to submit an application form but I'm not in Oxford. What should I do?

Complete the form as a Word document (forms can be downloaded from the website) and then type your name in the signature box (unless you can add a digital signature) and sent it by email to your supervisor(s) and then your college office.

When is the best time to submit the appointment of examiners form?

As soon as you have a realistic submission date. The thesis won't be sent t the examiners until they have replied to the formal invitation so it's much quicker if this is done before submission.

How do I order transcripts and on-course transcript/confirmation of study letter?

Transcripts are available from the University Shop. Unofficial confirmation letters can be requested from Vicky Dean in the School General Office.

I am submitting my thesis this term but I won't be in Oxford. Can I submit it as a digital file?

No. Digital copies can only be sent later by Exam Schools if the examiners request this. You are required to submit two soft-bound copies to Exam Schools. Most of the print shops in Oxford will offer a print, bind and deliver service so you can email a pdf of your thesis to them (remember to include the abstract) and they will submit the copies on your behalf. There will be a 1-day service but remember that if you leave it until the last day for submission you may find the print shop cannot fit your thesis in - they are always extremely busy in Week 0. Check prices, terms and conditions carefully as services vary.

Alternatively, you can have the thesis copies printed and bound wherever you are and sent by post - it's best to use a service with tracing and guaranteed delivery, i.e. Royal Mail Special Delivery or a courier, e.g. DHL, FedEx etc. Ensure that you allow sufficient time for your thesis to arrive by the submission deadline. Also ensure that your thesis is correctly formatted and printed on UK A4 paper size. Paper sizes are not the same in, for example, the United States. Information on formatting is in the 'GSO20a from 13Oct13' document.

When do I submit fieldwork risk assessments and CUREC forms?

Forms should be submitted at least eight weeks before travel and/or fieldwork. Tickets should not be purchased or research carried out before receiving approval. Further details here.

Is University insurance necessary for travel?

No, as long as there is private cover.

When do I wear sub fusc?

Sub fusc should be worn at Matriculation, Viva and Graduation. It is not necessary at Transfer of Status and Confirmation of Status.

What do I do if I lose my University card?

You will need to order a replacement card with your college but you must also let the School know so that the card can be deactivated on the door entry system.

How do I activate my card to gain access to buildings?

Students are automatically given access at the start of the academic year. If for some reason you haven't, please give the General Office your card details.

How do I extend my visa?

Please speak to Vicky Dean in the General Office at 51-53 Banbury Road who will be able to begin the process.

What are the opening hours for the Tylor and Balfour Libraries?

Tylor Library opening hours:

Term
Monday-Friday: 09:30-17:30 (shut 12:30-13:30)
Saturday: 13:00-16:00

Vacation
Monday-Friday: 09:30-17:30 (shut 12:30-13:30)

The Tylor Library is shut on Sundays, at Easter and at Christmas.

Balfour Library opening hours:

Term
Monday-Friday: 09:00-17:00

Vacation
Monday-Friday: 09:00-12:30 and 14:00-16:00

The Balfour Library is closed at weekends, for August and for Easter and Christmas. There are restricted hours on May Bank Holidays.

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