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Coronavirus: Course Changes for 2020-21

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and government guidance, we have had to make some changes to the programme in order to mitigate against risks to health and to give you the best possible academic experience in the circumstances. We will continue to monitor and respond to the changing public health situation.

A summary of changes is below.

HMS MPhil core modules

Students attend a minimum of two core modules (they may attend all four if they wish). We will ask students to indicate their module preferences in early September.

The modules will be taught online for Michaelmas Term, and the HMS management committee will revisit the decision to convene modules online on a termly basis. Given the current requirements for social distancing, we felt that this was the best way to ensure that we can maintain a seminar-style teaching plan while maintaining social distancing. There is a possibility that some modules will be small enough to convene in person, and this will be at the discretion of individual module leaders.

These plans are subject to evolving guidance and availability of teaching space that allows appropriate social distancing. In some cases a blend of in person and online teaching may be used. The balance of in-person and online teaching may be adjusted as the situation develops during the year.

We will confirm availability of teaching space and delivery method for each module as soon as possible.

If students are unable to attend sessions they should advise the course manager who will arrange for the module to be recorded.

HMS MPhil optional modules

Students attend a minimum of two optional modules (they may attend more). Modules may be delivered in person, subject to evolving guidance. We will ask students to indicate their module preferences early in Michaelmas Term.

If students are unable to attend they should advise the course manager who will arrange for the module to be recorded.

The balance of in-person and online teaching may be adjusted as the situation develops during the year.

Submitted coursework

There will be no change to submitted coursework or to key dates and deadlines.

Supervisions

Supervisions may take place in person or online depending on individual circumstances.

HMS MPhil small group teaching

Small group teaching such as dissertation seminars will, subject to current guidance, take place in person or online. Information about these will be circulated during the year.

Other lectures and seminars

Other lectures and seminars you may wish to attend (e.g. HPS part II lectures) will take place in a variety of formats, but generally online. Students should check the website of the relevant department for further details.

Reading groups and other activities

Reading groups and other activities will take place in a variety of formats and advice on mode of delivery for each event will be available from the relevant department, via websites or mailing lists. In general, reading groups and other activities in HPS will take place in person for smaller groups, where feasible. Events in Sociology and Social Anthropology will in most cases take place online but students should check the website of the relevant department for further details.

Meetings with course and subject managers

Course and subject managers will meet regularly with students to ensure that each student’s programme of study is progressing well and to address any concerns at an early point.

For full details about this course, please review the MPhil students’ guide, which will be updated before the start of Michaelmas Term.