In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king


in Oxford

The results of the statistics exam are back and, along with at least two other members of the M.Phil, I managed to get a distinction. While that is mostly reflective of the fact that I did statistics back at UBC, I am still glad to have begun my Oxford exam career on the right foot. Here’s hoping it carries through to my qualifying test, during the next inter-term break.

Now, back to my increasingly amorphous paper on neo-liberal institutionalism.

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Ben January 30, 2006 at 7:17 pm


A lot of outsiders, particularly Americans (and I don’t know if that’s USA or north Americans) seem to struggle with the style of Oxford exams, it being unfamiliar.

Anonymous January 30, 2006 at 10:46 pm

“Six MPhil students (and one PRS) received a Distinction (two did not write the test), three failed, and the rest got a Pass.”

A distinction therefore puts you at the 79th percentile, at least.

Milan January 30, 2006 at 10:51 pm

Are those six M.Phils just among the people in the International Relations M.Phil, or does it include the sociologists and political scientists who wrote the exam, as well?

Anonymous January 30, 2006 at 10:56 pm

Unknown. But the results are for the whole course, not just the exam.

Anonymous January 31, 2006 at 10:45 pm

James Tilley says grades will not be provided. All that matters is Pass
or Fail.

Anonymous February 1, 2006 at 7:14 pm


Milan February 3, 2006 at 11:36 am

As Adam Roberts has passed along:

“Following the information sent to you earlier this week about the
Quantitative Methods results, I have sought guidance about the question
of whether those who failed on one or more specific assignments, but
were listed as passing the test, need to redo the assignments.

I have been informed that the list of results with which we were
supplied this week is for the overall Quantitative Methods training,
including both the test and assignments. Only those students who failed
overall have to resubmit assignments, and they only have to resubmit
previously failed assignments. (They also have to resit the test.)

All of you should hang on carefully to your completed and marked
assignments in both Quantitative and Qualitative Methods. As you will
see from the Notes of Guidance, bottom of page 20, these completed and
marked pieces of coursework will have to be handed in to Marga by
Thursday of 8th week in Trinity Term as part of your submission for the
Qualifying Test.”

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