GRADUATE ADMISSIONS CRITERIA for the DPhil in English Local History for entry in 2013-2014
CriteriaIn accordance with equal opportunities principles and legislation, applications will be assessed in the light of a candidate’s ability to meet the following criteria:
1. Academic abilityProven and potential academic excellence.
Applicants are normally expected to have a first-class or an upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent other UK or international qualifications ), and/or postgraduate qualification, in any relevant subject.
2. Professional qualifications and/or experienceOther experience will be carefully considered and may be taken into account.
3. Appropriate indicators of academic ability and/or professional experienceThese will include:
• Sound existing academic record
• Previous experience in local history
• Evidence of significant interest in local history and in your proposed area of research.
Academic/professional references/letters of recommendation
3 academic references (minimum 2 plus character reference), transcript
Written work and/or portfolio produced by the student
2 pieces of written work (approx 2,000 words)
Statement of purpose
Performance at interview(s)
All applicants whose paper submissions indicate they are qualified for entry will be normally be interviewed, either in person or by telephone/skype. There are always two interviewers.
4. Availability of supervision, teaching, facilities and placesThe following factors will govern whether candidates can be offered places:
• The ability of the Department for Continuing Education to provide the appropriate supervision and teaching, together with research opportunities and facilities (bearing in mind the part-time, non-residential nature of the course) for your chosen area of work.
• The acceptability of any arrangements for research opportunities, access to facilities, and support for your chosen area of work to be provided by a third party (for example, your employer).
• There are minimum and maximum limits to the numbers of students who may be admitted onto Oxford’s research and taught programmes. The provision of supervision is subject to the following points.
• The allocation of graduate supervision is the responsibility of the Department for Continuing Education and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff.
• Under some circumstances a supervisor may be found outside the Department for Continuing Education: in such cases a second internal supervisor will be appointed.
5. English language requirementA high standard of English, both written and spoken, is required for participation on this course. Students whose first language is not English should be aware that proof of their English language ability is required and must consist of one of the Higher Level English Language qualifications listed in the ‘Notes of Guidance’ here: www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/apply/internat_students.html
6. Deadlines and required full set of application materialsPlease refer to the Graduate Admissions website www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/apply/application_guide.html for information on the deadlines which must be met, and the full set of supporting materials required, in order for applications to be guaranteed to be considered.
7. FundingWhether you have yet secured funding is not taken into consideration in the decision to make an initial offer a place, but please note that the initial offer of a place will not be confirmed until we are satisfied that you have sufficient funding to cover your fees for the standard period of fee liability for your course. For some courses this is undertaken by the college, for others by the Department for Continuing Education. Where there is a compulsory residential period of study, we shall also need to be satisfied that you have sufficient funding to cover travel and accommodation costs.
8. Disability, health conditions and specific learning difficultiesStudents are selected for admission without regard to gender, marital or civil partnership status, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or social background. Decisions on admission are based solely on the individual academic merits of each candidate and the application of the selection criteria appropriate to the programme of study. Further information on how these matters are supported during the admissions process is available here: www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/about_the_university/graduate_welfare/e_d.html
9. Other information• This course is not suitable for non-EU students who do not already live in the UK. For more information refer to www.ukvisas.gov.uk or the UK Council for International Student Affairs website at www.ukcisa.org.uk
• If you have any queries relating to your application please contact the Course Director, Dr Mark Smith at email@example.com