Some courses will be assessed with coursework (2,000 to 4,000 word reports) and some with examinations (typically, 1.5 hour duration papers).
Two options will be given, "short" (10,000 word report) and "long" (20,000 word report), to accommodate students wanting to take more courses (short) or those wanting to do a more substantial research project (long). Assessment will be based on the dissertation itself and on the marks given to an oral presentation, followed by a "question and answer" session. This "question and answer" session is valued at 20% of the total mark of the dissertation.
Each course is given either 0.5 or a full (1) credit. The short option of the dissertation is valued at 4 credits, the long option at 6 credits. A total of 16 credits is needed for graduation (i.e. 12 credits plus a short dissertation or 10 credits plus a long dissertation).
Following the marking structure of the Department's Part II courses, each course is marked out of 60 points. The points from all courses will be added. The dissertation's mark will be weighted accordingly to the point value of each credit (i.e. short dissertation: 4x60=240 points; long dissertation: 6x60=360), giving a total maximum possible number of points of 960. A total of 576 (60%) is needed to pass the MPhil, while a total above 720 (75%) is a Distinction. Students need not pass in each individual course taken, but they must pass the dissertation. Marginal failures will be dealt with individually by the examiners.