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 2017 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website).

See also General Course and Examination Regulations

Guidelines for Students, Supervisors and Departments/Schools involved in Master's Thesis Work are available from the Registry and departments. Students should also refer to the guidelines to policies and procedures concerning postgraduate studies that most departments publish.

1.
Subjects for the Degree

The subjects for the degree, the prerequisites and other information relating to the course of study in particular subjects are listed in the Schedules to these Regulations.

2.
Qualifications Required to Enrol in the Degree

Every candidate for the Degree of Master of Arts in a given subject, before enrolling in a course of study for the degree, shall have:

(a)
either:
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 course prescribed by the Head of Department/School/Programme and approved by the Dean of Arts of a standard equivalent to the prerequisite courses; or
ii.
qualified for the Degree of Bachelor with Honours in the given subject, or, with the permission of the Academic Board, in another subject; or
iii.
been admitted under the Regulations for admission ad eundem statum as entitled to enrol for the Degree of Master of Arts; and
(b)
been approved as a candidate for the degree in that subject by the Dean of Arts.
3.
Structure of the Degree
(a)
A candidate who has qualified for a bachelor's degree shall complete a course of study comprising Part I and Part II. The subjects, and prerequisites for Part I, are listed in the Schedules to these Regulations.
(b)
A candidate who has qualified for a Bachelor with Honours degree shall complete Part II only.
4.
Full-time and Part-time Study
(a)
Full-time study:
i.
A candidate shall normally be enrolled as a full-time candidate.
ii.
The minimum period of enrolment for a full-time candidate is:
a.
For Part I and II: two years
b.
For Part II only: one year.
iii.
The maximum period for enrolment for a full-time candidate is:
a.
For Part I and II: four years
b.
For Part II only: three years.
(b)
Part-time study:
i.
With the approval of the Academic Board, a candidate may be enrolled as a part-time candidate.
ii.
A part-time candidate is one who, because of employment, health, family or other reasons, is unable to devote his or her full-time to study and research.
iii.
The minimum period of enrolment for a part-time candidate is:
a.
For Part I and II: three years
b.
For Part II only: two years.
iv.
The maximum period of enrolment for a part-time candidate is:
a.
For Part I and II: six years
b.
For Part II only: four years.
(c)
After the commencement of study and research for the degree a candidate may, with the permission of the Academic Board, transfer from part-time to full-time status, or vice versa. In granting such permission, the Board shall determine the minimum and maximum period of study and may impose other conditions.

Note: The above time periods are absolute minima and maxima. Individual subjects might determine time periods which lie within these minimum and maximum periods.

5.
Part I

A candidate for Part I shall be assessed on the basis of such written examinations, oral examinations, and other work as shall be prescribed for the subject offered, provided that the total amount of work submitted for the course of study be the equivalent of at least 1.0 EFTS and no more than 1.25 EFTS. Candidates shall not concurrently enrol in undergraduate courses, except with permission of the Academic Dean.

The course of study shall satisfy the following conditions:

(a)
A candidate shall present Part I within one single academic year for full-time study. A longer period of time to complete the presentation may be permitted by the Academic Board on the recommendation of the Head of the Department/School/Programme.
(b)
No candidates for the degree shall pass Part I who has failed more than one of the courses offered.
(c)
A candidate 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 0.5 EFTS.
(d)
At the discretion of the examiners, a candidate may be orally examined on the topic of the courses or other work; such an oral examination, as distinct from a prescribed oral examination, may be taken into consideration in assessing the quality of these courses or other written work, and shall not be regarded as a separate component of the degree examination.
(e)
No candidate shall enrol for Part I of the degree in any subject in which he or she has already qualified for the award of one of the following degrees: Bachelor of Science with Honours, Bachelor of Commerce with Honours, Master of Science, Master of Commerce, Bachelor or Arts with Honours.
(f)
A candidate who has presented Part I of a Master of Arts degree in terms of Regulation 3(a) for that degree, but who has not submitted Part II, may apply to the Academic Board for the award of the Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree, provided that Part I of the Master of Arts degree satisfies the requirements for the Bachelor or Arts with Honours degree in that subject.
(g)
No candidate for Part I may repeat a course having previously presented himself/herself for examination, except that if a candidates performance in that course has been seriously impaired by illness or other circumstances, the Academic Board may permit the candidate to sit that course at one further examination.
(h)
No candidate may enrol for the degree in a subject for a second time, having previously presented himself/herself for examination in that subject at BA(Honours) or MA level or for any other degree at honours or masters level.
(i)
A candidate who having commenced study for the degree withdraws from all or part of the course without completing the assessment requirements may not re-enrol without the permission of the Academic Board.
6.
Part II
(a)
Part II shall consist of the submission of a thesis, and if prescribed, an oral examination.
(b)
The following conditions may apply to the presentation of the thesis:
i.
The candidate shall secure approval of the Head of Department/School/Programme for the topic chosen and for the proposed course of investigation.
ii.
A candidate shall not present a thesis any part of which has been previously accepted for another degree.
7.
Thesis Requirements

The thesis shall satisfy the conditions laid down in General Course and Examinations Regulations Section L and shall be carried out and submitted in accordance with this Regulation.

Notes:

Candidates are reminded of the following points:
1.
Candidates for postgraduate scholarships must submit their theses in time for the results to be known before 1 March of the year of the award.
2.
See also General Course and Examination Regulations D and L and Guidelines for Master's Thesis Work.
3.
If a thesis is not submitted by 1 March, the candidate becomes liable for further tuition fees.
4.
If the thesis at its first presentation is unsatisfactory the examiners may, with approval of the Dean of Arts, permit the candidate to revise the thesis and re-submit it by a specified date.
8.
Time Limits
(a)
Part II of the degree must be completed by such date as may be prescribed for the subject, or, if the Head of Department/School/Programme grants an extension of time, by such later date as he or she specifies, provided that in any case the date lies within the time limits prescribed in Regulation 4.
(b)
In special circumstances the Academic Board may approve an extension of the time laid down in Regulation 4.
9.
MA with Honours
(a)
A candidate for the degree who completes Part I and Part II may have the degree awarded with Honours only if the thesis is submitted within three years of the date of enrolment for the degree in that subject for full-time study, or within six years for part-time study; provided that in special circumstances the Academic Board may, on recommendation of the Head of Department/School/Programme, extend the period of eligibility for the award of Honours beyond this period. Note: For the purpose of this Regulation the date of enrolment is 1 March of the year in which the candidate first enrols for the degree.
(b)
In determining the award of honours the thesis shall be weighted as the equivalent of four courses.
(c)
There shall be two classes of honours: First Class Honours and Second Class Honours. Second Class Honours shall be awarded in two divisions: Division 1 and Division 2.
10.
MA with Distinction or Merit

A candidate for the degree who completes Part II only may have the degree awarded with Distinction or Merit only if:

(a)
the candidate's thesis is, in the opinion of the examiners, of special merit;
(b)
the candidate has graduated Bachelor of Arts with Honours;
(c)
Part II is completed within two years of enrolment for the degree in that subject for full-time study, or within four years for part-time study; provided that in special circumstances the Academic Board may, on the recommendation of the Head of Department/School/Programme, extend the period of eligibility for the award of Distinction or Merit beyond this period.
Notes:
1.
The award of Distinction is equivalent to First Class Honours; the award of Merit is equivalent to Second Class Honours Division 1.
2.
See also Schedule B.
11.
Award of MA instead of PhD

Where a thesis has been presented for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts and the examiners are of the opinion that it does not justify the award of that degree they may recommend that it be presented for the Degree of Master of Arts.

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