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The Cambridge MPhil consists of two parts: Part I and Part II. Both parts must be passed in order to pass the MPhil.

Part I

Each Option requires an essay of no more than 4,000 words (or equivalent in case of an external Option, in accordance with its arrangements) which will count for 10% of the final mark. Together the Core course and Options form Part I and will count for 30% of the final degree mark. Satisfactory performance across all three essay-based components will be a necessary condition for proceeding to the dissertation element of the degree. 

Part II

The dissertation will count for 70% of the final mark. The Easter Term will be devoted to the production of a dissertation, which must be between 15,000 and 20,000 words long. In consultation with the supervisor, both dissertation topic and title must be submitted for approval by the MPhil Sub-Committee towards the end of January. The dissertation is expected to rest largely on original source material and to show evidence of the mastery of the appropriate research techniques. It does not necessarily have to be publishable.

All work (course-work and dissertation) will be assessed by two examiners, one of whom may be an external examiner, who will report independently. The supervisor cannot act as an examiner for the dissertation. If the examiners consider it necessary, they may conduct an oral examination on the MPhil dissertation. All parts of the MPhil assessment must be passed in order for the degree to be obtained.