Graduate Diploma in Arts - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Graduate Diploma in Arts (GradDipArts)

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2017 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website).

Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Arts

See also General Course and Examination Regulations.

Subjects in Which the Diploma May be Awarded

The subjects in which the Graduate Diploma in Arts may be awarded are: Anthropology, Art History and Theory, Chinese, Cinema Studies, Classics, Cultural Studies, Education, English, English Language, Ethics, European and European Union Studies, French, Geography, German, History, Human Services, Japanese, Linguistics, Maori and Indigenous Studies, Mathematics, Media and Communication, Music, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, Psychology, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, and Te Reo Maori.

Qualifications Required to Enrol in the Diploma
Every candidate for the Graduate Diploma in Arts shall, before enrolling for the Diploma, fulfil one of the following conditions:
either qualify for a Bachelor's degree;
or be admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to enrol for the Graduate Diploma in Arts.
Every candidate for the Diploma shall have been approved as a candidate by the Dean of Arts on the recommendation of the Programme Director.
Structure of the Diploma

To qualify for the Diploma a candidate shall pass courses that shall have been selected from the Schedule to the Bachelor of Arts Degree or from courses which the Academic Board has accepted as equivalent thereto. All courses of study shall be approved by the Director of the majoring Programme, and the Dean of Arts.

These courses must have a total value of no fewer than 120 points, including no fewer than 90 points at 300-level, of which at least 60 must be in a single subject from the list above. A maximum of 15 points towards the Graduate Diploma in Arts may be taken from subjects not in the BA Schedule. Normally all courses would be from the same subject.

Graduate Diploma in Arts (Ethics)

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Ethics) will be required to pass courses totalling not fewer than 120 points, including 90 points at 300-level, and including:

PHIL 138 Truth and Reason or PHIL 139 Ethics, Politics, and Justice;
105 points above 100-level, including at least 90 points at 300-level, which must include:
PHIL 236 or PHIL 321 Ethics.
PHIL 240 or PHIL 324 Biomedical Ethics.
PHIL 317 Contemporary Political Philosophy: Social Justice; and
PHIL 320 Special Topic: Moral Philosophy or PHIL 322 Special Topic: Healthcare Ethics.

With the approval of the Head of School, the candidate may include up to two appropriate courses from Philosophy or another subject in the Diploma.

Award of the Diploma with Distinction

The Graduate Diploma in Arts may be awarded with distinction


Normal prerequisites for any course may be exempted at the discretion of the Director of the Programme where the course is offered.

Part-time Enrolment

The Diploma may be studied part-time, normally over a maximum of five years.

Repeating of Courses

A candidate who has failed one or more courses for the Diploma is allowed to repeat those courses for credit.

Transfer of Earlier Credit

Courses that are from the BA Schedule, or equivalent courses from any other tertiary institution, that are surplus to previously awarded degrees, and which were obtained as a graduate student, may, with the approval of the Academic Board and upon recommendation from the Programme Director and the Dean of Arts, be assigned to the Diploma.

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