Having achieved a pass mark (40%) in all the required module assessments, students may proceed to research and write a dissertation. It is necessary to obtain a pass mark in the dissertation to successfully complete the MPhil.
Students whose dissertations do not meet the minimum pass standard may have the opportunity to re-submit in accordance with College procedures as outlined in the Calendar for Graduate Studies and Higher Degrees. Following consultation with the Course Co-ordinator, students who fail to pass the dissertation may opt or be advised to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict provided that they have reached the required standards as set out in the Calendar for Graduate Studies and Higher Degrees. (The Postgraduate Diploma in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict is available only as an exit award from the M.Phil. course).
Assessment will be based on coursework and the dissertation.
Students who achieve a mark of at least 70% in the dissertation and in the overall average mark for the course may be awarded a distinction. A distinction cannot be awarded if a student has failed any credit during the course.
The Court of Examiners meet in November/December to review coursework grades, dissertation grades and overall grades. After the Court of Examiners has met, students are issued by the Sociology Department with an unofficial transcript.