Last edited by loggins; 16-02-2010 at 20:13.
Oxford would most likely force you to do an MSt first, though.
Edit: Just did a quick check: The entry requirements include the sentence "BA degree in English or related subject normally required" and the faculty website says about the MSt thing:
"There are two routes into graduate studies in English at Oxford. Students who are now completing, or have completed the BA degree, but as yet have no postgraduate experience, must apply for the M.St. Those who have already completed a master's programme at another university and wish to begin work towards a doctoral thesis should apply to be a Probationary Research Student (PRS). We do not normally accept candidates as Probationary Researchers without a master's degree."
Last edited by hobnob; 08-02-2007 at 00:52.
I thought an MSt was more like an MA at most universities (excluding Oxford/Cambridge and the other UK ancients). It is quite common in the arts and social sciences for you to have to do a masters before being allowed on a PhD programme, Oxford is not unusual in this requirement.
(Original post by hobnob)
Well, actually it's just different names, but they're both pretty much the same thing: what the AHRC defines as "research preparation masters" - one-year taught courses that are meant to prepare you for a postgraduate research degree (DPhil or PhD). If you don't want to do a DPhil/PhD afterwards, there are also MLitt courses (conveniently called the same at both universities), which are sort of halfway in between: they're two-year research degrees at the end of which you have to write a thesis that's a bit shorter than the DPhil/PhD thesis. However, as the MLitt is a research degree, I'm fairly sure the universities would nevertheless ask you to do an MSt/MPhil as well, to make sure you've acquired the relevant research techniques or something like that.
The Cambridge MPhil is an odd beast in that it can be 1 or 2 years long and taught or research, whereas at most universities it is 2 years by research only. Again the MLitt is an unusual degree in that in England it is a research degree, but in Scotland it is being standardised as a taught degree. This all stems from the fact that all the ancients offer an MA either directly at undergraduate level or at some time afterwards without further examination and so these universities need to have seperate master's degrees for those pursuing further study. This factor puts them out of kilter with the rest of the higher education system which is simply BA, MA, MPhil/MLitt, PhD/DPhil.
Last edited by ChemistBoy; 08-02-2007 at 11:08.
(Original post by shady lane)
Also I'm positive that an MSc at another university qualifies you to apply for a DPhil.
Edit - You might need PRS status first actually.
Last edited by Alan Smithee; 08-02-2007 at 11:27.
I was under the impression that the top English departments in the country were (in order) Durham, Cambridge, Oxford. I want to get away from Durham after my degree, so I figured Oxford/Cambridge is the obvious choice.
Is it as difficult to get into Oxbridge for postgrad as it is for undergrad or is it generally less competitive?
Last edited by loggins; 08-02-2007 at 14:15.