Master of Studies

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The Master of Studies (rendered M.St. or MSt) is a postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, The Australian National University and University of Dublin which typically requires both classroom study and the completion of a thesis. It is a lesser degree than the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Engineering Doctorate (EngD) and is comparable to the Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Philosophy at other universities. An M.St. is generally considered equivalent to the Italian Laurea Magistrale, the French diplôme d'études approfondies (or DEA) or the Spanish Diploma de Estudios Avanzados (also DEA). In some instances the degree may be awarded to graduate students after completing several years of original research, but before the defence of a dissertation, or as a substitute for a Ph.D. thesis that is a marginal fail. In some cases it can serve as a provisional enrolment for the Ph.D.

The M.St. is to be distinguished at Oxbridge and Dublin from the Master of Arts (MA) in that the latter requires no postgraduate study and can be supplicated for by holders of baccalaureate degrees after a defined time-period has passed from when their undergraduate study was begun. Graduates of the University of Oxford, for example, become eligible to supplicate for the MA during or after the twenty-first term from matriculation.

Degree course structure[edit]

Students reading for an M.St. at Oxford, Cambridge, ANU, and Dublin (Trinity College) are normally required to undertake one or two years of study followed by an examination;[1] in the latter institution, the M.St. is a one-year, part-time course.[2] The specific requirements vary according to each programme of study but usually involve a range of core and optional courses and the submission of a dissertation of 10,000-25,000 words. Independent research is supported by seminars and lectures, and assessment is typically by coursework as well as by examination papers and dissertation. In some cases, transfer to a DPhil or PhD is possible for students reading for a Master of Studies.[3]

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  1. ^ "A New Class of Elite Teachers". Varsity website. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Information for prospective graduate students". Trinity College Dublin website. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  3. ^ "About our programmes". University of Oxford website. Retrieved 2010-08-07.