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Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

 

MML IB - Assessment by Long Essay

Students in their second year (Part IB) are able to be examined for one of their scheduled papers by Long Essay. Staff and current students will find more detailed information on the MML IB Moodle Course Site.

For some (but not all) of the papers available at Part IB, students will have the opportunity to submit two essays for examination, rather than sitting the 3 hour written exam. The essays will be in English, no longer than 4,000 words in length including footnotes but excluding bibliography. The first essay will be submitted on the first Friday of the Lent Term and the second will be submitted on the first Friday on the Easter Term. Questions will be published during the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. The Long Essay option is designed to introduce a degree of continuous assessment into the examinations process. It is also useful preparation for the Year Abroad Project and the Optional Dissertation at Part II, both longer pieces of assessed coursework.

Students who wish to register for the examination by Long Essay scheme will do so by selecting the "E" option for that exam when registering for their exams on CamSIS (e.g. FR5E, IT4E, etc.).

Students who opt for the Long Essay assessment scheme are expected to attend lectures and supervisions for the paper in the same manner as if they were preparing for the written examination. The only difference is that the final supervision of the Michaelmas and Lent terms is devoted to discussion of a plan (maximum: 1,000 words) of the long essay which the student then writes up over the vacation. Students do not receive supervisions for the paper in Easter Term if they have submitted both of the long essays. Supervisors may choose to supervise long essay candidates alongside exam candidates or to see them separately, at their discretion. Supervisors shall not read or comment on any written drafts of the candidate's long essay, nor shall they offer advice subsequently, either by email or in person.

Important dates/deadlines for the academic year 2017-18

  • Questions for essay submission at the start of the Lent Term will be published on the MML IB Moodle Course Site on Thursday 9 November 2017.
  • Questions for essay submission at the start of the Easter Term will be published on the MML IB Moodle Course Site on Tuesday 13 February 2018.
  • First essay submission deadline will be 12.00 pm on Friday 19 January 2018.
  • Second essay submission deadline will be 12.00 pm on Friday 27 April 2018.

Papers available for examination by Long Essay in the academic year 2017-18: