Master of Policy and Governance - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

The Degree of Master of Policy and Governance (MPaG)

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 Degree of Master of Policy and Governance

See also General Course and Examination Regulations

1.
Admission

Admission to the Master of Policy and Governance requires that a candidate will:

(a)
either:
i.
hold a Bachelor’s degree in any subject, normally with a B average or better in 60 points of 300-level courses in the majoring subject, or
ii.
have been admitted ad eundem statum as fulfilling these requirements; and
(b)
been approved as a candidate for the degree by the Programme Director and the Dean of Arts.
2.
Structure of the Degree

Students must successfully complete a total of 180 points including:

(a)
POLS 440 (30 points); and
(b)
up to 60 points from Schedule A to the degree; and
(c)
up to 30 points from Schedule B to the degree; and
(d)
POLS 688 (60 points) or POLS 689 (90 points).
Note: Students who wish to enrol in POLS 689 must have the approval of the Programme Director in consultation with the relevant College Dean. This option will normally be approved only in cases where the student:
1.
has achieved an A- average in 300-level courses; and
2.
is able to present a coherent plan for their research project; and
3.
has the support of a potential supervisor and/or a funding requirement for PBRF-related research or scholarship fees.
3.
Approval of a Course of Study

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

4.
Variation to the Course Schedule

A student may, 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 Schedules to this degree.

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 full-time candidate is one calendar year. Extensions may be approved by the Board of Studies. The period of enrolment for a full-time candidate shall be consecutive unless the candidate's enrolment is suspended under Regulation 5(e).
(b)
Part-time study:
i.
With the approval of the Academic Board, a candidate may be enrolled as a part-time candidate.
ii.
The normal period of enrolment for a part-time candidate is two calendar years. Extensions may be approved by the Board of Studies. The period of enrolment for a part-time candidate shall be consecutive unless the candidate's enrolment is suspended under Regulation 5(e).
(c)
After the commencement of study 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 periods of study and may impose other conditions.
(d)
Full-time students are required to submit their dissertation or thesis within one calendar year from the commencement of study. Part-time students are required to submit their dissertation or thesis within two calendar years of the commencement of study.
(e)
In special cases the Academic Board may suspend the enrolment of a candidate, and may extend the time for submission of a dissertation. In such a case the Board shall determine whether the candidate remains eligible for Merit or Distinction.
6.
Failure of Courses and Withdrawal from the Degree

A student who fails one course, may with the permission of the Programme Director be permitted to repeat that course or, in the case of an elective course, to enrol in an alternative course. A student who fails more than one course will be withdrawn from the degree.

7.
Award of Merit or Distinction

The Master of Policy and Governance may be awarded with Merit or Distinction.

Schedule to the Regulations for the Degree of Master of Policy and Governance

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

Compulsory core course

Course Code Course Title
POLS 440 Principles and Practice of Policy and Governance

Research options

Course Code Course Title
POLS 688 Dissertation
POLS 689 Thesis

Note: The 90-points research option will normally only be approved for students with a GPA of 7.5, where the student is on a PBRF-funded scholarship grant, or with the approval of the Head of the Programme in consultation with the relevant Dean. A well-developed plan of research and support from a supervisor will also be required prior to approval for the 90-points research option.

Schedule A

Course Code Course Title
POLS 442 Policy and Governance in Small States of New Zealand and the Pacific
POLS 443 Science, Technology and Environmental Policy
POLS 446 Political Economy of Development

Schedule B

Up to 30 points from relevant 400-level courses related to the necessary specialist knowledge required to undertake a student-directed dissertation or thesis in policy and governance (eg, courses from Economics, Geography, History, Māori and Indigenous Studies, Pacific Studies, Sociology), with the approval of the MPAG Programme coordinator in consultation with the relevant College Dean.

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