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The taught elements of the M.Phil (core course plus two modules) will be assessed by course work comprising three 4,500-word essays, one at the end of the first term, and two at the end of the second. Those taking the Medieval and Early Modern Pathway through the Core Course can opt to be assessed by a paleographic exercise. There is no unseen examination.

During the Easter term, students write a thesis. Theses must, according to the criteria laid down by the Board of Graduate Studies, 'represent a contribution to learning'. Theses must be written in English. The arrangements for their preparation are similar to those for the essays. Titles are chosen by students, in consultation with module convenors and/or prospective supervisors, and then have to be approved by the Faculty Degree Committee.

Topics and precise thesis titles must be submitted by a specific deadline in Lent Term. Up to this point the Course Director is the titular supervisor of MPhil students, but once the thesis topics are approved, a specialist supervisor is appointed for each student. Students are entitled to up to four hour-long sessions with their supervisor. (In the event that a thesis is co-supervised, a candidate may expect two hours of individual teaching from each supervisor. Only one supervisor should comment on the full draft of the thesis.)

Each element of the assessment is scrutinised independently by two examiners, and may be referred to the External Examiner, whose role is to act as moderator to the entire process of assessment.

Screenings and Events

Linda Ruth Williams, Visiting Professor of Film Studies

15 January 2019

It is with pleasure that we announce that Linda Ruth Williams will be at the Centre for Film and Screen during the Lent term (2019). She is with us thanks to a visiting fellowship at Corpus Christi College. She will be giving a talk in the Film and Screen Studies Research Seminar series on 6 March. Linda Ruth Williams is...