Search results - DPhil in Architectural History
|Type||Oxford Qualification - Part-time|
|Start date||Oct 2013|
|Subject area(s)||Architectural History|
|Fees||Part-time fees for 2012-2013 comprise the following: University composition fee: £1,975 (EU); £6,600 (non-EU) and the Kellogg College fee: approximately £1,275 (EU and non-EU). Note that fees are likely to rise each year thereafter, at least in line with inflation.|
|Application status||Closed to new applications|
|Application deadline||Fri 17 May 2013|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)1865 280154.|
DPhil in Architectural History
Architectural History has been taught within the Department for many years. The subject is defined broadly to include the built and designed landscape, and aspects of interior design. The programme is designed to enable students, including mature students, to undertake individual research. Past students have studied for the intrinsic interest of the subject as well as in connection with careers in the heritage management and conservation.
DescriptionThe DPhil programme draws on considerable experience in providing advanced tuition in architectural history. It profits from the close links within the Department between the disciplines of architectural history, art history, English local history and landscape archaeology. It also has links with other parts of the University, particularly the Faculty of History, the Department of the History of Art, and Kellogg College, amongst the Fellows of which is the concentration of architectural historians associated with the University.
The programme is overseen by the Continuing Education Board of the University. Admission is through the Department for Continuing Education. All graduate students must apply also for membership of a college. Kellogg College caters particularly for part-time mature students and is closely associated with the Department, but students may seek membership of any college which admits part-time postgraduates.
Supervision on the DPhil programme is provided by specialist tutors from the Department and elsewhere in Oxford. In broad terms, supervision is possible in most areas of British architectural history (as defined above) from the middle ages to the present, and some European topics. In terms of Great Britain, academic staff currently have particular research interests in ecclesiastical buildings, medieval castles, great houses and their landscapes; country houses; vernacular architecture; urban and institutional architecture, especially of London and Oxford, from 1660 to the present.
Graduate students in the Department have access to the full range of Oxford’s library, archive and computing facilities, as well as to Oxford’s extensive range of graduate and research seminars.
The part-time DPhil regulations require a period of four to six years’ part-time study (equivalent to three years’ full-time). Research students may be required to undertake appropriate research training provided within the Department. In addition, they will be strongly encouraged to participate in seminars and informal meetings with staff and other researchers both within the Department and elsewhere in the University. The major commitment of time will be to individual study and research, involving wide and intense reading, data collection (which may include fieldwork) and analysis, and writing.
Selection criteriaThere may be specific subject requirements for your course, so do check the selection criteria below. These will be used by the University in assessing your application.
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The joint directors of the programme are:
Dr Paul Barnwell 01865 270395 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Cathy Oakes 01865 280164 email@example.com
Dr Paul Barnwell joined the Oxford Univeristy in 2006 after nearly 19 years working for English Heritage. He is Director of Studies in the Historic Environment at OUDCE and a Fellow of Kellogg College. He is a past President of the Vernacular Architecture Group, the national society for those interested in traditional buildings. He has published extensively on architectural history and in a number of other historical fields.
Dr Cathy Oakes is University Lecturer in Art History and Director of Studies in Art History at OUDCE, and Fellow of Kellogg College. She teaches Medieval art history of North West Europe c.1100-c.1500 and her research is principally connected with art and devotion and the interface between visual and literary traditions of the period. Her publications focus on three areas – Medieval iconography, Romanesque art and architecture in England and France, and the historiography of Medieval art.
Contacts Anyone interested in the programme is encouraged initially to make an informal enquiry of one of the Directors, Dr Paul Barnwell and Dr Cathy Oakes.
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Who can apply?
Acceptance to the course is normally on the basis of a good first degree, the University’s own Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural History, or a master's degree. Exceptionally, those with very substantial experience of working in a profession relevant to their research topic may be considered.
It is a requirement of Oxford University that Doctor of Philosophy students are matriculated members of the University and one of its colleges, halls or societies. Students may seek affiliation to any college which admits part-time postgraduates. Details of colleges, halls and societies can be found on the Oxford University website: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/gsp/colleges or in the Graduate Studies Prospectus available on request from the Graduate Admissions Office.
Doctoral students based in the Department for Continuing Education may if they wish, apply to become members of Kellogg College. Continuing education and life-long learning in Oxford have been formally linked to the collegiate system of the University since 1990, when Kellogg College, the University’s 36th college, was established to caters particularly for the needs of mature and part-time students. It also contains most of the architectural historians associated with the University, and has a research centre for the historic environment with its own library. The College is based a short distance from the Department, on the Banbury Road.
How to Apply
The University requires online applications. Paper applications are only acceptable where there is no option to make an online application to the course or in other exceptional cases where it is not possible for you to apply online.
Application Form and Supporting Materials
The application form is obtained by going to the Application and Admissions procedure section of the online prospectus, at Graduate Admissions Office.
For a full explanation of application methods, see www.admin.ox.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/forms.
If it is not possible for you to apply online, a paper application form can be requested from the Graduate Admissions Office. Please email the Graduate Admissions Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact:
The Graduate Admissions Office
Oxford OX1 2JD Tel: (01865 270059)
Please note that in order to submit a paper application you must be able to pay the application fee by credit or debit card using our online store. If this is not possible, you may pay by cheque or bankers draft drawn on a UK bank account.
You will need to submit the application form and all supporting materials:
• Three references
Note: If you anticipate having difficulty providing 3 referees who have an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for this Programme of Study, please contact the Award Programme Administrator for advice.
• Transcripts of previous higher education results
Note: this requirement may be waived for students who have substantive experience but do not have a degree, or whose awarding institution may not be able, for administrative reasons, to supply a transcript. You will need to contact the Programme Administrator (email@example.com), in the first instance, before you submit your application. The transcript requirement can then be waived, if appropriate, and your application will be processed by the Graduate Admissions Office without undue delay.
• Current CV/resume
• Statement of Reasons for Study: all candidates should submit with their application a statement of their reasons for wishing to study at Oxford and to take the particular course they are applying for.
• A research proposal, outlining your research plans, of approximately two pages in length
• Two pieces of written work, each of around 2,000 words
Please note that supporting materials cannot be returned.
The closing date for applications is 17 May 2013.
Submitting your Application
Paper applications should be sent to:
Oxford OX1 2JD
If you have any questions about the progress of your application, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office (tel: 01865 270059; email: firstname.lastname@example.org ); or the Course Administrator, (tel: +44 (0)1865 280154; email: email@example.com).
Notes on Supporting Materials
A number of items of supporting material, described below, are required in addition to your application form. Your application cannot be considered without these materials, which should, apart from references, be submitted with your application form.
Please note that supporting material cannot be returned; you should therefore only submit copies (authenticated by the institutional authorities in the case of transcripts) of any original material, such as important pieces of written work or transcripts, which you need to retain.
(a) References: If possible, at least two of your referees should have a knowledge of your relevant experience and recent studies, and should indicate the standard attained wherever possible. Non-academic references are acceptable if you are unable to provide academic references.
(b) Transcript: all candidates should submit with their application a detailed official record of their higher education achievements up to the present, including courses taken and standards achieved. Candidates from countries, including the United Kingdom, where transcripts are not universally issued, should ask the appropriate office in their institution (usually the Registry or, in the case of Oxford students, their college authorities) for an official record setting out in detail the elements of the course they have taken and, if possible, the standard achieved (or, in the case of Oxford graduates, a statement of marks achieved in individual honours papers). A document (such as a degree certificate) certifying merely that the applicant has been awarded a certain qualification does not meet this requirement, and is not called for at this stage of the admission process. If the policy of your institution is that the transcript should remain confidential, you should ask for it to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office by the appropriate gathered field deadline. If your institution is unwilling to issue a transcript - which is more likely to be the case for a course you have not yet completed - you should indicate this on the application form. (Current Oxford undergraduates need not supply a transcript, but should indicate in the basis on which they are not providing one, and should ask referees to include in their reference any appropriate quantitative evidence, such as relevant marks in the first public examination.)
(c) Statement of Reasons for Study: all candidates should submit with their application a statement of their reasons for wishing to study at Oxford and to take the particular course they are applying for.
(d) Written work: two different pieces of your own recent written or published work are required to support your application, and should be submitted with your application form. The samples of written work may be two essays (such as seminar papers) or two sections of a longer work. Each sample should be of approximately 2,000-2,500 words in length. preferably typed, and must be in English. If any of the work you submit has been translated into English by someone other than yourself, you must clearly indicate this. The written work should be related to the subject you propose to study at Oxford and should provide evidence of your capacity to pursue successfully your proposed course of study. The work need not have already been subject to any academic appraisal.
(e) Certificate of proficiency in English: English is the language of instruction and students whose native tongue is not English must be sufficiently fluent in English to enable them to work without disadvantage. It is a condition of entry to graduate courses that, for non-native speakers, a certificate of proficiency in English should be obtained to confirm English proficiency. At present minimum required scores in the higher tests are 7.5 in the ELTS or IELTS (www.britcoun.org), or 630 in the TOEFL (www.toefl.org) test. Candidates to whom this requirement applies should make arrangements to take tests as early as possible, and to ensure that the certificated results are submitted with their application or as soon as possible thereafter.
Fees and Funding
Part-time DPhil Students are required to pay annually 50% of the University composition fee for graduate degrees plus 50% of the separate college fee. In 2013-2014 half the University fee is £2,075 (EU). Note that fees are likely to rise each year thereafter, at least in line with inflation. Half the University composition fee for non-EU students has been set for 2013-2014 as £6,930. College fees vary and are not confirmed for 2013-2014 but the part-time half fee is likely to be approximately £1,300 (EU and non-EU).
The level of tuition fees you pay (home-EU or non-EU) depends on your residential category.
If you are a non-European national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK, you may qualify for the home student fee, so long as you (or your spouse or parent) have been resident in the UK for the last three years for purposes other than full-time education.
Please note that UK/EU citizenship is not sufficient to be granted Home status, without also fulfilling the residence requirement. Students who have not been resident in the UK/EU for the last three years may be liable for the non-EU student fee. For a detailed classification of home-EU/non-EU status, please contact the OUDCE Student Adviser on 01865 280355 if you have any queries.
Funding for part-time research students is not normally available from central funding bodies. Some colleges offer financial assistance. Kellogg College, for instance, has set up modest Research Studentships specifically to help students undertaking part-time DPhils.
Please note that, prior to matriculation, all students must provide financial guarantees to their College proving that they have sufficient funds to undertake their proposed course of study.
For information on student funding, please visit our website: www.conted.ox.ac.uk and follow links to `students’ and `sources of funding’. You will find information on student loans, bursaries and Professional and Career Development Loans as well as details of external sources of funding. For further information on funding, see the Oxford Funding Search www.ox.ac.uk/feesandfunding/search.