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

Schedule A to the 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).

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American Studies*

* This subject is not open to new enrolments.

Part I: Four courses from AMST 413–450.

Part II: A thesis (AMST 690).

P:
Part I:

American Studies majors: The requirement for postgraduate study in American Studies is at least a B average in AMST 215 and a B average in 60 points in AMST at 300-level.

Non-American Studies majors: Students who have qualified for bachelor's degrees in other subjects, whether at the University of Canterbury or elsewhere, must have sufficient background in American subjects before being accepted as relevant Studies postgraduate students. There are various options for completing the requirements depending on your undergraduate course work. Strategies can be planned in consultation with the Honours Coordinator.

Anthropology

A thesis (ANTH 690) based on empirical research on a topic selected in consultation with the student's supervisor.

P:
BA(Hons) in Anthropology, with First Class Honours, or Second Class Honours Division 1.

Art History

A thesis (ARTH 690), which may develop from work undertaken for the BA(Hons) degree, is selected in consultation with the student's supervisor at the earliest possible date. The first part of the thesis year is normally occupied with investigative, documentary, library and art gallery work, sometimes requiring extensive travel, and the second part with writing.

P:
BA(Hons) in Art History, with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours Division 1.

Art Theory

A thesis (ARTT 690), which may develop from work undertaken for the BA(Hons) degree, is selected in consultation with the student's supervisor. Course work in Art Theory or other University departments may be required, depending on the student's research proposal.

P:
BA(Hons) in Art Theory, with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours Division 1 or, subject to approval by the Programme Coordinator, BA(Hons) in Art History or Philosophy.

Child and Family Psychology

Part I: 1.25 EFTS (150 points) which shall normally consist of six courses comprising CFPY 601-604, HLTH 472 and an approved 15-point postgraduate Research Methods course (0.125 EFTS), or equivalent, as approved by the Head of the School of Health Sciences.

Part II: 1.00 EFTS (120 points) consisting of a thesis (CFPY 690). The subject area of the thesis shall be approved prior to registration of the thesis by either:
(a)
the Head of the School of Health Sciences (in the case of students concurrently enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology) or
(b)
the Head of the Department/School/Centre in which the proposed senior supervisor is located (in consultation with the Head of the School of Health Sciences and any other HOD/S involved in supervision).
P:
Part I:
(1)
A bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology; or
(2)
A bachelor's degree with a major in Education and at least 135 points in Psychology, with at least 45 points in Psychology at 200-level, and 60 points in Psychology at 300-level or above; or
(3)
Any relevant bachelor's degree and a Graduate Diploma of Arts or Science in Psychology; and
(4)
PSYC 206 Research Design and Statistics or other research methods course deemed equivalent.

Note: Students will normally be expected to have at least a B average in their 300-level undergraduate courses.

Part II: Completion of Part I.

Chinese

Part I: CHIN 480 and three courses from CHIN 401–411. Selection of courses is subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator. CHIN 401 is compulsory for candidates who are not adequately literate in Chinese or fluent speakers in Mandarin.

Part II: A thesis (CHIN 690).

P:
Part I: At least a B pass in CHIN 301, and a B pass or above from CHIN 202, 203, 206, 208 or from CHIN 303 or 306.
Part II: Completion of Part I. Candidates who have graduated BA(Hons) in Chinese may be admitted as candidates for the MA in Chinese for a course of study comprising a thesis only.

Classics

Part I: Four courses, comprising the compulsory courses CLAS 460 and CLAS 480, and two other courses chosen from CLAS 401–414.

Part II: A thesis (CLAS 690).

P:
Part I: Students will normally be required to:
(1)
have a Major in Classics with an average of B or above in 60 points of Classics at 300-level, and
(2)
have completed CLAS 335 or 345 or six semesters of Greek and/or Latin, or have an equivalent competence in ancient languages approved by the Programme Coordinator.
Part II: Students may progress to Part II if they have:
(1)
either completed Part I with an average mark of B or above;
(2)
or completed a BA (Hons) in Ancient History, Classical Studies or Classics with at least Second Class Honours, Division 1 and; have either completed CLAS 335 or 345 or six semesters of Greek and/or Latin, or an equivalent competence in ancient languages approved by the Programme Coordinator.

Cultural Studies

Part I: Four CULT 400-level courses, including CULT 402 (Cultural Studies Supervised Research). CULT 402: Cultural Studies Supervised Research on a topic approved by the Coordinator within a field of topics approved annually by the Board of Studies, must be submitted by 1 November in the year in which the courses are completed, unless an extension of time is granted by the Coordinator on the recommendation of the supervisor. The Supervised Research essay shall not normally exceed 10,000 words. The course of study for each student shall be approved by the Programme Coordinator and the Head of the teaching department/school/programme concerned.

Part II: A thesis (CULT 690).

P:
Part I: CULT 202 and 60 points at 300-level in CULT courses. Candidates will normally be expected to have at least a B average in their prerequisite courses. Candidates who have completed 60 points at 300-level in another appropriate subject may, at the discretion of the Coordinator of the Cultural Studies Programme, be admitted. Candidates shall consult with the Coordinator of the programme to determine whether and to what extent their undergraduate work qualifies as related to Cultural Studies.
Part II: Completion of Part I. Candidates will normally be expected to have achieved a B average or better over the four courses. Candidates who have qualified for a BA(Hons) in Cultural Studies may be admitted as candidates for the MA in Cultural Studies for a course of study comprising a thesis only.

Economics

Part I: Eight courses, or their equivalent, from ECON 601–679. Enrolment in any combination of courses is subject to the approval of the Head of Department. Some second semester courses may have a first semester course as a prerequisite. Candidates can normally attempt each course on offer only once. All full-time candidates shall normally take four courses, or their equivalent, in each semester.

Part II: A thesis (ECON 690).

P:
Part I:
(1)
ECON 201 or ECON 325; and
(2)
ECON 213 or STAT 202 or STAT 213; and
(3)
ECON 203 or (ECON 207 and ECON 208); and
(4)
60 points in ECON 300-level courses, including at least 15 points from ECON 321, 324, 326 (or equivalent as approved by the Head of Department). Note: Normally a B average or better is required in 300-level courses.

Alternatively a student may apply to enter with a Graduate Diploma in Economics or a Graduate Diploma in Science, normally including ECON 321, 324 and 326.

Candidates who have graduated BA(Hons) in Economics may be admitted as candidates for the MA in Economics for a course of study comprising a thesis only.

Education

Part I: Four courses from EDUC 401–481, EDEM 648. The combination of courses to be taken by a candidate is subject to the approval of the Head of School. EDUC 480 requires the presentation of a written report on a research project approved by the Head of School. The report must be completed and presented by 15 February in the calendar year following the year of enrolment for the project. A copy of the requirements for the completion and presentation of the project is available from the School.

Part II: A thesis (EDUC 690).

P:
Part I: 60 points in Education courses at 300-level. Candidates will normally be expected to have a B average in their prerequisite courses.
Part II: Completion of Part I.

Candidates who have graduated BA(Hons) in Education may be admitted as candidates for the MA in Education for a course of study comprising a thesis only.

English

Part I: Four courses from ENGL 401–481, selected with the approval of the Programme Coordinator. ENGL 480 Extended Essay or ENGL 481 Creative Writing Project must be submitted by 1 November in the year in which the courses are completed, unless an extension of time is granted by the Programme Coordinator on the recommendation of the essay supervisor. The Research Essay shall not normally exceed 10,000 words.

Part II: A thesis (ENGL 690).

P:
Part I: 135 points in English, which must include 60 points at 300-level and at least another 45 points above 100-level. Candidates will normally be expected to have an average of B or better in their prerequisite courses.
Part II: Completion of Part I. Candidates will normally be expected to have achieved a B average or better over the four courses. Candidates who have qualified for a BA(Hons) in English may be admitted as candidates for the MA in English for a course of study comprising a thesis only.

European Studies

A thesis (EURO 690).

P:
Normally BA(Hons) with at least Second Class Honours Division 1, or equivalent qualification in other appropriate disciplines, as approved by the course coordinators.

French

Part I: FREN 480 and three of FREN 401–422, selected with the approval of the Programme Coordinator.

Part II: A thesis (FREN 690), which shall embody the results of an investigation into a subject approved by the Programme Coordinator and shall be assessed on the evidence it affords of the candidate's understanding of the principles of research methods and his or her ability to apply them.

P:
Part I: 60 points with at least a B average in French courses at 300-level approved by the Programme Coordinator.
Part II: Completion of Part I.

Candidates who have qualified for a BA(Hons) in French may be admitted as candidates for the MA in French for a course of study comprising a thesis only.

Geography

Part I: Courses equivalent to 1.0 EFTS or 120 points from GEOG 401–420 and GISC 403–413 and GISC 416, with approval of the Head of Department.

Part II: A thesis (GEOG 690).

P:
Part I:
Students will normally be expected to either:
(1)
have passed 90 points in 300-level courses approved by the Head of Department, including GEOG 309 and at least 30 other points in 300-level Geography courses; or
(2)
have completed 120 points at 300-level of which 60 points are in Geography and 60 points are in subjects approved by the Head of Department.
Part II: Completion of Part I.

Candidates who have qualified for a bachelor's degree with honours in Geography may be admitted as candidates for the MA in Geography for a course of study comprising a thesis only.

German

Part I: Four courses from GRMN 401–482, including GRMN 480.

Part II: A thesis (GRMN 690), which shall be on a topic approved by the Programme Coordinator.

P:
Part I: 60 points in German courses at 300-level; candidates will normally be expected to have at least a B average in these courses.
Part II: Completion of Part I.

Candidates who have qualified for a BA(Hons) in German may be admitted as candidates for the MA in German for a course of study comprising a thesis only.

History

Part I: Four courses from HIST 401–481 and including HIST 450, and HIST 480.

Part II: A thesis (HIST 690).

Candidates are encouraged to enrol initially for BA(Hons), with the possibility of transferring to MA(Hons) when their courses are completed (but before graduation with BA(Hons)).

P:
Part I: At least 60 points from History at 300-level (HIST 301–399) which may include 30 points at 300-level in Ancient History (CLAS 307 or 312 or 318) or Maori (MAOR 317 or 345) or Religious Studies (RELS 307, RELS 322). Candidates should consult the Department of History about courses no longer offered in Ancient History or Maori which may qualify as courses in History. The Department normally requires a B average in Arts subjects, especially in the last two full-time years or their part-time equivalent.
Part II: Completion of Part I in History or an equivalent course at another University, normally at B+ grade average.

Candidates who have qualified for a BA(Hons) in History may be admitted as candidates for the MA in History for a course of study comprising a thesis only. Candidates in doubt about their qualifications to proceed to Part II should consult the Department of History.

Human Services

Part I: HSRV 401, HSRV 480 and two courses chosen from HSRV 402–479, as approved by the Programme Coordinator. Note: Not all courses will necessarily be offered in any one year; a list of courses is available from the Programme Coordinator.

Part II: A thesis (HSRV 690).

P:
Part I: 60 points with a B average in courses at 300-level approved by the Programme Coordinator. A candidate who has completed 60 points at 300-level in unrelated courses with a B average may be required to complete a qualifying year. Candidates should consult with the Programme Coordinator to determine whether and to what extent their undergraduate work qualifies as related to Human Services.
Part II: Completion of Part I.

Candidates who have qualified BA(Hons) with at least Second Class Honours Division 2 may be admitted as candidates for the MA in Human Services for a course of study comprising a thesis only. Such candidates will be accepted subject to suitability of topic, disciplinary background and availability of supervision.

Japanese

Part I: Eight half courses (or equivalent) from JAPA 414–480. Honours courses selected shall normally include JAPA 414, JAPA 415 and JAPA 480 (equivalent to two courses). The latter is regarded as a corequisite for all other JAPA 400-level papers.

Part II: A thesis (JAPA 690).

P:
Part I: A B pass or above in JAPA 326, or equivalent.
Part II: Completion of Part I.

Candidates who have graduated BA(Hons) in Japanese may be admitted as candidates for the MA in Japanese for a course of study comprising a thesis only.

Linguistics

A thesis (LING 690).

P:
Honours degree in Linguistics.

Māori and Indigenous Studies

Part I: One of MAOR 401, MAOR 402 or MAOR 403; two courses chosen from MAOR 401–480. With the permission of the Head of School one course may be chosen from the Honours schedule from TREO or another subject.

Part II: A thesis (MAOR 690)

P:
Part I: Candidates will normally be expected to have a major in Māori and Indigenous Studies or Te Reo, with at least a B average in the 300-level courses and the approval of the Head of School.

Note: Students who do not have a major in Māori and Indigenous Studies or Te Reo but do have 60 points at 300-level with an average of B or above in a related subject may be admitted at the discretion of the Head of School.

Part II: Completion of Part I. Candidates without this prerequisite who have either graduated BA(Hons) in Māori and Indigenous Studies with at least Second Class Honours Division I or have (a) graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Studies with Merit or Distinction and (b) completed MAOR 480 or an equivalent research project approved by the Head of School, may be admitted to the MA in Māori and Indigenous Studies for a course of study comprising a thesis only. Other candidates may be admitted on a case by case basis with the approval of the Head of School and the Dean of Arts.

Mathematics

Part I: Eight courses chosen from MATH 401–490 and STAT 401–490 (other than MATH 449 or STAT 449). Normally one of the eight courses must be MATH 443 if the student has not been credited with MATH 343 previously. Normally at least six courses will be chosen from the MATH course list.

Part II: A thesis (MATH 695).

P:
Part I: 45 points from MATH 201, MATH 202, MATH 203, MATH 220 and MATH 240, including MATH 201 and at least one of (MATH 202 or MATH 203); and 60 points from MATH 301–394; and an additional 30 points from MATH 301–394 and STAT 301–394 or other approved courses.

Candidates who have qualified for a BA(Hons) in Mathematics may be admitted as candidates for the MA in Mathematics for a course of study comprising a thesis only.

Media and Communication

A thesis (COMS 690), on a topic approved by the Programme Coordinator.

P:
BA(Hons) in Media and Communication, or a related field.

Music

A thesis (MUSI 690).

P:
BA(Hons) in Music, or MusB(Hons) degree, normally with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours Division 1, including credit for one of MUSI 456, 466, 480 or 481.

Pacific Studies

Part I: PACS 401 and PACS 480 and two courses chosen from PACS 402–423, or from other subjects approved by the Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and the appropriate Programme Coordinator.

Part II: A thesis (PACS 690).

P:
Part I: 60 points with a B average in courses at 300-level approved by the Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies.
Part II: Completion of Part I.

Candidates who have qualified BA(Hons) with at least Second Class Honours Division 2 may be admitted as candidates for the MA in Pacific Studies for a course of study comprising a thesis only. Such candidates will be accepted subject to suitability of topic, disciplinary background and availability of supervision.

Philosophy

Part I: Eight half courses selected from PHIL 431–498 as approved by the Head of School.

Part II: A thesis (PHIL 690).

P:
Part I: 60 points with at least a B average in Philosophy courses at 300-level. Students without this prerequisite may be considered on a case-by-case basis approved by the Head of School.
Part II: Completion of Part I.

Candidates who have qualified for a BA(Hons) in Philosophy may be admitted as candidates for the MA in Philosophy for a course of study comprising a thesis only.

Political Science and International Relations

A thesis (POLS 690).

P:
Normally BA(Hons) in Political Science, with at least Second Class Honours Division 1. However, on the recommendation of the Programme Coordinator, the Academic Board may approve enrolment by candidates without this prerequisite.

Psychology

Part I: Courses totalling 120 points (1 EFTS) from any 400-level courses in Psychology, including PSYC 460.

Part II:
(a)
PSYC 690 Psychology MA Thesis
(b)
For students who have not already been credited with PSYC 460 or PSYC 464, PSYC601 Research Methods in Psychology OR PSYC 602 Multivariate Statistics and Methods in Psychology must be completed.
P:
Part I:
165 points from PSYC courses with at least 135 points at 200-level or above, including:
(1)
PSYC 105 and PSYC 106
(2)
PSYC 206 and at least three from PSYC 207–212, and
(3)
75 points of 300-level PSYC courses.
PSYC 344 is required for postgraduate study in Psychology and Applied Psychology.
PSYC 336 (or equivalent) is required for the MSc in Applied Psychology.
PSYC 335 (or equivalent) is required for the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.
A B average in three PSYC 300-level courses is normally required.

Note: Students should consult the Psychology Department Postgraduate Handbook and the Psychology Graduate Studies Coordinator for full information on the courses offered in any one year.

Part II: Completion of Part I.

Candidates who have qualified for a BA(Hons) in Psychology may be admitted as candidates for the MA in Psychology for a course of study comprising a thesis only.

Russian

Part I: RUSS 480 and three courses from RUSS 401–412, selected with the approval of the Programme Coordinator.

Part II: A thesis (RUSS 690), which will embody the results of an investigation into an approved topic in Russian language or literature.

P:
Part I: Either RUSS 301, or RUSS 330 and RUSS 331, or in exceptional circumstances approval may be given for 90 points at 300-level in courses approved by the Programme Coordinator.
Part II: Completion of Part I.

Candidates who have qualified for a BA(Hons) in Russian may be admitted as candidates for the MA in Russian for a course of study comprising a thesis only.

Sociology

A thesis (SOCI 690).

P:
BA(Hons) with First Class Honours, or Second Class Honours Division 1.

Spanish

Part I: SPAN 411 and three courses from SPAN 401–412, subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator, including at least two taught in Spanish.

Part II: A thesis (SPAN 690).

P:
Part I: SPAN 302 with at least a B grade and SPAN 303 or SPAN 304, or other appropriate courses as approved by the Programme Coordinator.
Part II: Completion of Part I.

Candidates who have qualified for a BA(Hons) in Spanish may be admitted as candidates for the MA in Spanish for a course of study comprising a thesis only.

Statistics

Part I: Eight courses chosen from STAT 401–490 and MATH 401–490 (other than STAT 449 or MATH 449). One of the eight courses must be STAT 464 if the student has not been credited with STAT 213 or STAT 214 previously. Normally at least six courses will be chosen from the STAT course list.

Part II: A thesis (STAT 695).

P:
Part I: MATH 103, MATH 109 or MATH 199; and 45 points from STAT 201–294; and 60 points from STAT 301–394; and an additional 30 points from STAT 301–394 and MATH 301–394 or other approved courses.
Part II: Completion of Part I.

Candidates who have qualified for a BA(Hons) in Statistics may be admitted as candidates for the MA in Statistics for a course of study comprising a thesis only.

Te Reo Māori

Part 1: TREO 401, and three courses chosen from TREO 402-480. With the permission of the Head of School, one course may be chosen from the Honours schedule for Māori and Indigenous Studies or another subject.

Part II: A thesis (TREO 690)

P:
Part I: Candidates will normally be expected to have a major in Te Reo, with at least a B average in the 300-level courses and the approval of the Head of School. Students who do not have a major in Te Reo Māori but do have 60 points at 300-level with an average of B or above in a related subject may be admitted at the discretion of the Head of School.
Part II: Completion of Part I. Candidates without this prerequisite who have either graduated BA(Hons) in Te Reo Māori with at least Second Class Honours Division I or have (a) graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Te Reo Māori with Merit or Distinction and (b) completed TREO 480 or an equivalent research project approved by the Head of School, may be admitted to the MA in Te Reo Māori for a course of study comprising a thesis only. Other candidates may be admitted on a case by case basis with the approval of the Head of School and the Dean of Arts.

Theatre and Film Studies*

* This subject is not open to new enrolments.

Part I: TAFS 401, 480 and two courses from TAFS 402–412, or from other subjects as approved by the Programme Coordinator.

Part II: A thesis (TAFS 690).

P:
Part I: Any 60 points in TAFS at 300-level or equivalent preparation as approved by the Programme Coordinator. Interview required.
Part II: Completion of Part I.

Candidates who have graduated BA(Hons) in Theatre and Film Studies may be admitted as candidates for the MA by thesis only.

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