Master of International Relations and Diplomacy - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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).

The Degree of Master of International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRAD)

Regulations for the Degree of Master of International Relations and Diplomacy

See also General Course and Examination Regulations.

1.
Qualifications Required to Enrol in the Degree

Admission to the Master of International Relations and Diplomacy requires that a candidate will:

(a)
either
i.
have qualified for a bachelor’s degree, with a B average or better in 60 points of 300-level courses in the majoring subject; or
ii.
have qualified for a bachelor’s degree and completed a qualifying course with a B average or better in 60 points of 300-level courses; or
iii.
have qualified for a bachelor’s degree and provided evidence to the satisfaction of the Dean of Arts and Head of Department of relevant professional or other work experience, or
iv.
have been admitted ad eundem statum as fulfilling these requirements; and
(b)
have been approved as a candidate for the degree by the MIRAD Programme Director and the Dean of Arts.
2.
Structure of the Degree

Students must successfully complete a total of 180 points including:

(a)
POLS 441 (30 points); and
(b)
60 points from Schedule A to the degree; and
(c)
30 points from Schedule B to the degree; and
(d)
POLS 688 (60 points).
3.
Approval of a Course of Study

The personal course of study for each candidate must be approved by the MIRAD Programme Director.

4.
Variation to the Course Schedule

A student may, in consultation with and with the approval of the Programme Director, be permitted to replace up to 30 points of coursework with a relevant and appropriate course or courses not listed on the MIRAD Schedule.

5.
Full-time and Part-time Study
(a)
Full-time study:
i.
A candidate shall normally be enrolled as a full-time candidate.
ii.
The normal period of enrolment for a fulltime candidate is one calendar year. Extensions may be approved by Dean of the Faculty of Arts. The period of enrolment for a full-time candidate shall be consecutive unless the candidate's enrolment is suspended under Regulation 5(d).
(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 himself or herself full-time to study and research.
iii.
The normal period of enrolment for a part-time candidate is two calendar years. Extensions may be approved by the Dean. The period of enrolment for a part-time candidate shall be consecutive unless the candidate's enrolment is suspended under Regulation 5(d).
(c)
After the commencement of study and research for the degree a candidate may, with the permission of the Dean, transfer from part-time to full-time status, or vice versa. In granting such permission, the Dean shall determine the minimum and maximum periods of study and may impose other conditions.
(d)
The dissertation will normally be submitted within one calendar year from the commencement of the candidate’s first semester.
(e)
In special cases the Dean may suspend the enrolment of a candidate, and may extend the time for submission of a dissertation. In such a case the Dean shall determine whether the candidate remains eligible for Merit or Distinction.
6.
Award of Merit or Distinction

The MIRAD may be awarded with Merit or Distinction.

Schedules to the Regulations for the Degree of Master of International Relations and Diplomacy

For full course information, go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses

Dissertation (60 points)

Course Code Course Title
POLS 688 Dissertation

Compulsory Core Course (30 points)

Course Code Course Title
POLS 441 Principles and Practice of International Relations and Diplomacy

Schedule A

Students take 60 points from:

Course Code Course Title
POLS 444 International Human Rights
POLS 445 China's Emergence as a Global Great Power
POLS 447 Islam and Politics: The Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the World

Schedule B

Students take 30 points from:

Course Code Course Title
EURO 402 The EU in Europe and in the World: The EU's External Identities
EURO 409 The EU and "Europeanisation" of Europe
EURO 457 European Foreign and Security Policy
EURO 458 EU Development Policy
HIST 443 Issues in New Zealand History
HIST 449 Issues in Modern European History
ILAP 604 International Criminal Law
ILAP 608 World Trade Law
ILAP 609 International Human Rights Law
ILAP 613 Advanced Principles of Public International Law
PACE 495 Professional and Community Engagement Internship
PACS 401 Pacific Studies
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