Your assessors can recommend one of the following outcomes which is then considered and approved by the Director of Graduate Studies:
Transfer to DPhil
Your report should include an assessment of your proposed project, suggestions for improvement (where appropriate) and comments on the suggested timetable.
Reference back for a second attempt (due within one term)
Your assessors should include a detailed description of what is required in your resubmitted piece of work. This can range from better referencing of submitted work or redrafting of your proposal to significant further reading of secondary sources or rethinking the broad outlines of the project.
Transfer to Master of Letters (MLitt)
This is only where the assessors are firmly of the opinion that a student is unlikely to be able to produce work of DPhil standard during their time at Oxford.