Master of Arts - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Regulations for the Degree of Master of Arts

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2018 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website). Find key terms in the Glossary of terms.

These regulations must be read in conjunction with the General Regulations for the University.

1.
Version

These Regulations came into force on 1 January 2018.

2.
Variations

In exceptional circumstances the Dean of Arts (Academic) may approve a personal programme of study which does not conform to these regulations.

3.
The structure of the qualification

To qualify for the Master of Arts:

(a)
a student who has qualified for a bachelor's degree must complete a programme of study comprising:
i.
Part I: at least 120 points of coursework as specified in the Schedule to these Regulations, and,
ii.
Part II: submission of a thesis (120 points).
(b)
A student who has qualified for a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree shall complete Part II only.
(c)
A student for Part I may, with the approval of the Dean and the relevant Programme Coordinators, substitute courses at an equivalent level from another subject area or subject areas, up to a maximum of 60 points.
4.
Admission to the qualification
To be admitted to the Master of Arts a student must have:
(a)
either
i.
for admission to Part I, qualified for a bachelor's degree, and either
a.
satisfied the prerequisites for the subject as specified in the Schedule to these Regulations; or
b.
completed a qualifying programme of study prescribed by the Head of Department/School and approved by the Dean of Arts (Academic), of a standard equivalent to the prerequisite courses;
ii.
for admission to Part II, qualified for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours in the given subject, or, with the permission of the Dean of Arts (Academic), in another subject; or
iii.
been admitted under the Regulations for admission with Academic Equivalent Standing as entitled to enrol for the Degree of Master of Arts; and
(b)
been approved as a student for the degree in that subject by the Dean of Arts (Academic).
5.
Subjects

The degree may be awarded in: Anthropology, Art History, Art Theory, Child and Family Psychology, Chinese, Classics, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, English, European Studies, French, Geography, German, History, Human Services, Japanese, Linguistics, Māori and Indigenous Studies, Mathematics, Media and Communication, Music, Pacific Studies, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, Psychology, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Te Reo Māori.

6.
Time limits
(a)
The time limit for Part I is:
i.
12 months for a full-time student or
ii.
24 months for a part-time student.
(b)
The time limit for Part II is:
i.
24 months for a full-time student or
ii.
48 months for a part-time student.
iii.
Part II of the degree must be submitted by such date as may be prescribed by the Dean of Arts (Academic) unless an exemption is granted.
7.
Transfers of credit, substitutions and cross-credits

This qualification adheres to the General Conditions for Credit and Transfer Regulations, with no additional stipulations.

8.
Progression

This qualification adheres to the General Regulations for the University, with the following stipulations:

(a)
If a student fails up to 30 points for Part I of the Master of Arts degree, they may, with the permission of the Dean of Arts (Academic), repeat that course or courses, or substitute another course or courses of equal weight.
(b)
A student who fails more than 30 points for Part I will be withdrawn from the qualification.
9.
Honours, Distinction and Merit

This qualification adheres to the General Regulations for the University and may be awarded with distinction and merit.

10.
Pathways to other qualifications
(a)
A student who has presented Part I of a Master of Arts degree, but who has not submitted Part II, may apply to the Dean of Arts (Academic) to transfer to the Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree or the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts, provided that the programme of study meets the requirement for that degree or diploma.
(b)
A student who has not met the requirements of the Masters of Arts degree, or wishes to transfer, may apply to the Dean of Arts (Academic) for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts or the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts, and complete such courses as specified by the Dean of Arts.
(c)
A student who has started Part II (thesis) may apply to the Dean of Postgraduate Research to transfer to the PhD.
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