Advanced Diploma in British & European Studies 2014-2015
|Type||Oxford Qualification - Full-time|
|Dates||Mon 29 Sep 2014 to Fri 19 Jun 2015|
|Subject area(s)||British & European Studies|
|Fees||Programme Fees £13,888 (You may pay by installments)|
|Application status||Applications being accepted|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email email@example.com.|
University of Oxford Pre-Master's Course 2014-2015
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Our long-running and highly successful Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies course offers pre-Master's students a unique opportunity to prepare for graduate entry to leading British universities.
The Oxford pre-Master's course would be ideal for you if…
From your very first day as a student on the Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies course you follow a full programme of academic study across a number of disciplines including the Humanities (History, Literature, Art History), Politics and International Relations and the Social Sciences which you combine with classes in academic writing and advanced English language development.
You will study in small seminar groups and will also receive individual weekly language tutorials. Additionally, in your second and third terms, you have the opportunity to focus on a subject of special interest to you on which you write a 5,000-word tutorial essay. You will also benefit from the advice and support of a personal tutor during weekly academic tutorials.
You will benefit from approximately 15 contact teaching hours per week.
The Oxford pre-Master's course lasts a full academic year and consists of:
Oxford pre-Master's Minimum English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 at entry. You must have taken your IELTS test before you make your application.
Native or near-native English-speaking students
We also accept applications for the pre-Master's/Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies course from students with native or near native speaker proficiency in English. In such cases, the English language module may be waived and students follow an additional academic module . Students choose from a wide range of lectures in subjects of their choice relating to British and European Studies, e.g. history, literature, politics. This allows them to study an area (or areas) of specific personal interest in depth.
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Your introduction to the pre-Master's UG Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies programme, and to your year at the University of Oxford, takes the form of an intensive two-week course of language practice, academic study skills and cultural orientation.
You will experience a rigorous and intellectually stimulating academic programme in British & European civilisation and culture taught through a wide range of academic subjects (approx 6 contact hours per week) over 3 terms.
Academic Module - British & European Studies
- British History Since 1918
- The Face of the Nation? British Politics Today
- British Society Today
- English Literature
- Religion in Britain Today
- From Heritage to Cool Britannia: British Cinema since the '80s
- Project Europe? A History of Unity (& Division) 1792-1992
- European Integration
- European Politics 2000-2014
- History of Art
In your second term, you will choose a topic of special interest to you for an extended essay which you submit at the end of the third term. You will also benefit from the support of an academic tutor who will advise you and supervise your work in weekly one-to-one tutorials.
English Language Module
A team of highly experienced and well-qualified expert language tutors will help you rapidly improve your language skills by teaching you in small seminar groups for maximum progress. Additionally, you will also benefit from a weekly one-to-one academic writing tutorial.
You take the following English classes (approx. 10 contact hours per week):
- Academic Literacy
- Contemporary Britain in Focus: reading
- English Grammar
- Listening & Speaking Skills
- Critical Thinking Skills
You will also maintain a personal language portfolio in which you will set individual learning objectives, as well as record and monitor your progress and achievements throughout the year.
Course Books and Materials
All course books and study materials for both academic and English language modules are included in your course fees.
British Heritage & Culture
During your year at Oxford University, to help you discover the real Britain, we include a series of study visits at no extra cost such as:
- St Paul's Cathedral
- London Theatre visit
- Houses of Parliament
- Ashmolean Museum
- National Gallery
- A Shakespeare play in Stratford-upon-Avon
Please note that places visited may change from year to year.
Course Dates 2014 - 2015
The Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies requires a full academic year of study:
- Orientation course (29 September – 3 October 2014)
- Term 1: Michaelmas (6 October – 12 December 2014)
- Term 2: Hilary (12 January – 13 March 2015)
- Term 3: Trinity (21 April – 19 June 2015)
A typical teaching day starts at 9.15 a.m. and ends at 3.30 p.m. during which you take up to three 90-minute classes. You also benefit from small study groups and individual weekly tutorials.
Each day, during your daily morning break, we invite you to relax in our Common Room and enjoy complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits.
The Oxford pre-Master's UG Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies course aims to...
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Upon successful course completion, students will be awarded a University of Oxford Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies.
Assessment for the Oxford pre-Master's UG Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies consists of continuous assessment in the form of coursework assignments and seminar presentations for both English and academic subjects, as well as an extended academic essay on a specialist subject of your choice. When researching and writing your extended essay, you will benefit from individual academic tutorials.
Michaelmas Term 2014
Two academic essays of 1,600 words
English Language portfolio of 3,500 words max
Hilary Term 2015
Three academic essays each of 1,600 words
One English language essay of 2,000 words
English Language portfolio of 2,000 words max
Trinity Term 2015
One academic essay 2,000 words
One extended academic essay of 4,000 - 5,000 words
English Language portfolio of 2,500 words max
IT requirementsThis course uses the Department’s online assignment submission system. In order to prepare and submit your course assignments you will need access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification. Students of this course may use the student computing facilities provided in Departmental buildings.
Teaching Resources, Methods & Study Support
Our teaching and learning facilities are first class with modern tutorial and seminar rooms, libraries and reading rooms, and dedicated student IT facilities.
Your tutors will adopt a range of teaching methods that will include lectures, group discussion, critical thinking and problem-solving tasks, and role play in order to encourage independent learning and to develop your intellectual and analytical skills.
- You will receive a minimum of 15 contact teaching hours each week
- You will study in small seminar groups for academic subjects
- You will follow academic lectures
- You will actively participate in communicative English language classes
- You will receive one-to-one academic writing tutorials throughout your year
- You will receive one-to-one specialist academic tutorials in Terms 2 and 3
By the end of your Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies course, you are expected to be able to demonstrate:
- sustained improvement in all four English language skills
- the ability to write well-structured and accurately-referenced essays
- the ability to apply your knowledge of how language works to the analysis of a wide range of primary texts
- enhanced knowledge of the structure, levels and discourse functions of English
- a developing ability to read critically
- a developing ability to participate in intellectual debate, both orally and on paper
- knowledge of essential and precise critical and linguistic terminology
- an awareness of how language produces and reflects cultural change
You will also be expected to have developed a range of transferable skills including:
- the discipline of independent study
- the ability to write clearly and literally
- the ability to think clearly
- the ability to evaluate and critically analyse secondary sources
- skills in note-taking, the use of libraries, and the location of learning resources
- confidence in the use of oral and written arguments
- the ability to interact effectively within a learning group
- effective presentation skills
What our former students say about the course
‘…An unforgettable programme! The holistic combination of interesting classroom learning and exciting field trips made the subjects taught come alive. Overall a thoroughly recommended course!’ (Rial, Singapore)
'The British and European Studies programme is truly unique. The course offers a broad range of classes taught by wonderfully supportive instructors who instilled me with the confidence and knowledge I needed to enter my Master's programme feeling fully prepared. I feel so lucky to have been a student on this course and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking to gain the essential tools needed to further their academic careers.’ (Ellarie, USA)
‘A wonderful academic experience. I’ll never forget it.’ (Eldar, Azerbaijan)
Accommodation & College Facilities
You may apply for a college attachment (associate student membership) which would enable you to enjoy the social life of your college and meet many British students with whom you can practise and improve your English. Please contact us for further details.
Normally, colleges will reserve single-study bedroom accommodation for you (mostly en suite) with shared kitchen facilities and which costs approximately £130 a week. This entitles you to use a wide range of facilities which naturally vary from college to college, but will usually include:
- Common Room
- Dining Hall
- Library (some offer 24-hour access)
- IT facilities
- Café/Coffee shop
- Gym & sporting facilities
- TV room
Accommodation type varies from college to college and can either be in the college itself or elsewhere in Oxford. Alternatively, you may rent private accommodation in the city.
Our students have enjoyed attachments to: Green Templeton College, Lady Margaret Hall, Linacre College, Mansfield College, Merton College, St. Anne’s College, St. Cross College, St. Hilda's College, St. Hugh’s College, The Queen’s College, Somerville College and Wolfson College.
Please note that college accommodation fills up very fast. We would, therefore, advise you to apply as early as possible as it becomes increasingly difficult to secure accommodation from late spring onwards.
Students on the pre-Master's UG Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies course have access to a number of libraries across the University including the unrivalled resources of the Bodleian Library.
The per person fees for the nine-month British and European Studies programme are:
- Tuition fees: £13,888
- College fee: £2,657
Successful students will be invoiced on offer of a place for a deposit of £1,000. This non-refundable deposit MUST be paid within four weeks to hold your place. After 27 June 2014, successful students will be invoiced in full.
- Programme Fee
- Tuition Fee: £13888.00
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This nine-month programme is intended for international students…
- who are graduates
- who have an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5
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How to ApplyTo apply for a place, you should send us...
- your completed application form
- a sealed, completed reference form or letter from your referee on headed/official notepaper
- an official copy of your university transcript(s)
- a copy of your IELTS/TOEFL test results. (Please note that you must have taken an IELTS or equivalent officially-recognised English language proficiency test BEFORE submitting your course application.)
- two passport-sized photographs
When we have received your completed application form and all related documentation, you will be contacted by the Programme Director who will arrange a telephone interview with you.
You may email us your application form, university transcripts and English language test results, but should follow these up with hard copies in the post. You may also arrange for your referee to contact us by email, but the reference must come from their official, personal email address.
COURSE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY 27 JUNE 2014.
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