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

Regulations for the Degree of Master of Science

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.

1.
Subjects in Which the Degree May be Awarded; Award of Degree with Distinction or Merit, or Honours
(a)
The subjects for the Degree of Master of Science are those listed in Schedule A to these Regulations.
(b)
The Degree of Master of Science may be awarded with Distinction or Merit provided that the additional requirements of Regulation 14 are met.
(c)
The Degree of Master of Science may be awarded with Honours provided that the additional requirements of Regulation 15 are met.
2.
Qualifications Required to Enrol in the Degree
(a)
Every candidate for the Degree of Master of Science shall, before enrolling for the degree, fulfil one of the following conditions: either
i.
qualify for the award of the ordinary Degree of Bachelor of Science; or
ii.
qualify for a bachelor's degree and if necessary pass a qualifying programme consisting of such courses from the schedule to the regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Science as may be required by the Dean of Science; or
iii.
qualify for the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours; or
iv.
qualify for the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours; or
v.
qualify for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Note: Candidates who qualify for a Canterbury PGDipSc are subject to the provisions of PGDipSc Regulation 5); or
vi.
qualify for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Hazard and Disaster Management (Note: Candidates who qualify for the Canterbury Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Hazard and Disaster Management) are subject to the provisions of the PGDipSc Regulation 5); or
vii.
be admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to enrol for the degree of Master of Science; or
viii.
for the Master of Science in Biotechnology only, be admitted by any other of the conditions of Regulation 2(a) or qualify for the award of Bachelor of Engineering, with or without Honours.
(b)
Every candidate for the degree shall have been approved as a candidate by the Dean of Science.

Note: Relevance and standard of undergraduate studies will be criteria for approval.

3.
Structure of the Degree

The programme for the Degree of Master of Science consists of Part I and Part II:

(a)
A candidate admitted under (i) or (ii) of Regulation 2(a) shall offer both Parts.
(b)
A candidate admitted under (iii), (iv), (v) or (vi) of Regulation 2(a) in the same subject as for the BSc(Hons) degree, BSLP(Hons), PGDipSc or PGDipEngGeol shall offer part II only.
(c)
In the case of a candidate admitted under (vi), or under (iii), (iv), or (v) to a different subject, the Dean of Science shall determine whether the candidate shall offer both Parts I and II, or Part II only, and in such cases may vary the form of the Part I requirements.
4.
Concurrent or Sequential Enrolment in Parts I and II

A candidate who offers both Parts I and II may be enrolled in these sequentially or concurrently. Sequential enrolment means Part I is completed before the candidate starts Part II.

Concurrent enrolment means that Parts I and II are taken concurrently with the proviso that the requirements of Part I must be completed within two years if the candidate is a full-time student, or within such time as is determined by the Dean of Postgraduate Studies, under regulation 6, if the candidate is a part-time student.

The total course-weight of the programme in each of the first two years of concurrent enrolment will normally be at least 1.0 EFTS for a full-time student, though this may be reduced to a minimum of 0.95 EFTS if the programme contains some courses from another subject, as permitted under Regulation 7(c).

Candidates who wish to enrol concurrently in Parts I and II must have at least a B+ grade average in the prerequisites listed in Schedule A, and concurrent enrolment also requires the approval of the Head of Department/School.

5.
Part-time Enrolment

Enrolment for the Degree of Master of Science shall be either on a full-time or a part-time basis. 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; part-time enrolment requires the approval of the Dean of Science.

6.
Duration of the Degree

For a full-time candidate the duration of study and other limits are as listed in Schedule B to these Regulations. A candidate whose application to enrol for this degree on a part-time basis is accepted shall be required to follow a programme of study with time limits determined by the Dean of Science following recommendations by the Head of Department/School.

Note: The time limits for a candidate studying part-time shall normally be twice those for the equivalent full-time course.

7.
Requirements for Part I
(a)
A candidate offering Part I shall have met the prerequisites in Schedule A to these Regulations, or their equivalents.
i.
The requirements for Part I shall be as listed in Schedule B and as laid down in the Prescriptions for the subject. A candidate who fails any of the courses offered for Part I shall not be permitted to repeat those courses, or to offer any other course(s) in their place (but refer to regulation 7b).
ii.
If a candidate has failed no more than 0.25 EFTS of the Part I programme, the Dean of Science, on the advice of the Head of Department/School concerned, may recommend a pass in Part I as a whole. With the recommendation of the Head of the Department/School, and the permission of the Dean of Science, such a candidate may offer Part II for examination if he or she has a grade average (including any failed courses) of at least B- (some departments require a higher grade average). If a candidate qualifies for a pass in Part I but is not permitted to offer Part II for examination, or if such a candidate chooses not to offer Part II for examination, he or she may apply for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Science.
iii.
A candidate who fails more than 0.25 EFTS of the Part I programme shall not be awarded a pass in Part I as a whole and shall not be permitted to offer Part II for examination, but he or she will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency for each course passed.
iv.
A candidate who passes all the courses for Part 1, but who does not attain a grade average of at least C+ (some departments/school require a higher grade average), or who otherwise does not attain a standard satisfactory to the Dean of Science in the Part I requirements as a whole, shall not be permitted to repeat any part of the Part I programme, or to offer Part II for examination, but may apply for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Science.
v.
Notwithstanding anything else in Regulation 7(a), before offering Part II for examination, a candidate must pass Part I to the standard required by the Head of Department/School, which standard may be specified in Schedule A to these regulations.
(b)
Notwithstanding Regulation 7(a), a candidate offering Part I who qualifies for consideration for an aegrotat award in some or all of the courses (see General Course and Examination Regulation H) may elect either (i) to accept for the courses affected the aegrotat grades recommended by the examiners under that Regulation; or (ii) to sit a further examination and/or present again all or some of the assessed work if that examination or assessed work formed the basis of the aegrotat application. The time or times for representation of work or further examination will be set by the Dean of Science, after consulting the Head of Department/School.
(c)
The total course-weight of the Part I programme, if all courses are offered in one subject only, will be at least 1.0 EFTS. A candidate may, with the approval of the Heads of Department/School concerned, replace up to 0.5 EFTS of the Part I programme prescribed for the subject offered by courses prescribed for another subject at an equivalent level for an Honours degree or a Masters degree, and in such a situation the total course-weight of the Part I programme must be at least 0.95 EFTS.
8.
Thesis Requirement

Except as provided in Regulation 9, Part II shall consist of the preparation of a thesis embodying the results of an investigation in some branch of one of the subjects listed in Schedule A to these regulations.

9.
MSc in Applied Psychology

A candidate in Applied Psychology shall, instead of presenting a thesis, satisfy the Part II requirement by passing in one year a course as specified in Schedule A to the MSc Regulations, and presenting a dissertation by a prescribed date.

10.
Time Limits for Presentation of Theses

Where a thesis is required, the maximum time limits for its presentation are specified in Schedule B to these regulations. The maximum time limit for a part-time candidate will be determined by the Dean of Science, as noted in Regulation 6. The minimum time limit is that required by the candidate to complete the equivalent of 1.0 EFTS (typically this would be close to one year full-time study).

11.
Extension of Time for Presentation of Theses

In special circumstances the Dean of Science may approve an extension of the time specified in Schedule B to these regulations.

12.
Supervision of Theses
(a)
Where a thesis is required, the requirements of the General Course and Examination Regulations, Part L, shall be met.
(b)
A candidate shall, before commencing the research to be described in the thesis, secure the approval of the Head of the Department/School concerned for the topic chosen and for the proposed research programme.
(c)
Supervisors shall be appointed in accordance with the General Course and Examination Regulations, Part L.
(d)
The candidate shall work under the direction of the supervisors and shall meet with and report to the senior supervisor as has been determined under the agreement signed on registration of the research proposal. Except for field work in New Zealand under the direction of the senior supervisor, the candidate shall normally work on the University campus, and laboratory work shall normally be carried out within the University institution. A Head of Department/School may give approval for work to be carried out at another institution in New Zealand for a period not exceeding one month, but permission of the Dean of Postgraduate Studies is required if the period exceeds one month, or if any of the work, including field work, is to be carried out overseas.
13.
Examination of Theses
(a)
When a thesis is examined, there shall be two examiners, as specified in the General Course and Examination Regulations, Part L.
(b)
A candidate shall not present a thesis any part of which has previously been accepted for any degree.
(c)
The examiners may require the candidate to undergo an oral examination on the subject of the thesis or on related subjects.
(d)
If the thesis at its first presentation is unsatisfactory, the Dean of Science may, on the recommendation of the examiners, permit the candidate to revise the thesis and re-submit it by a specified date.
(e)
If the examiners' final recommendation is that the thesis be awarded a failing grade, the degree of Master of Science shall not be awarded.

Note: The weighting ratios of Parts I and II, as specified in Schedule B to these regulations, do not apply if a thesis offered for Part II is unsatisfactory at its final presentation. If the candidate's thesis has been awarded a failing grade, and if that candidate has successfully completed Part I, he or she may apply for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Science or the Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Geology, whichever is appropriate.

14.
MSc with Distinction or Merit

Where the candidate has offered Part II only, by thesis, and in the opinion of the examiners the thesis shows special merit, they shall recommend that the degree be awarded with Distinction or Merit, provided that the thesis is presented within the time limits specified in Schedule B to these Regulations or that for a part-time candidate the thesis is presented within the time limits determined by the Dean of Science under Regulation 6.

Note: The award of Distinction is equivalent to First Class Honours; the award of merit is equivalent to Second Class Honours Division 1.

15.
Award of Honours

Where the candidate has offered both Parts, the degree may be awarded with Honours.

(a)
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.
(b)
The weighting of the two Parts in the assessment (including the determination of Honours) is given in Schedule B to these Regulations.
(c)
The requirements of Parts I and II shall normally be completed by a full-time candidate within the time limits specified in Schedule B to these Regulations. The time limits for a part-time candidate shall be determined by the Dean of Postgraduate Studies under Regulation 6.
(d)
A full-time candidate for the degree in any subject shall be eligible for the award of Honours only if all the requirements for the degree are completed within three years of the date of enrolment as a candidate for Part I of the degree in that subject. The eligibility for Honours of a part-time candidate shall be determined in each case by the Dean of Science.
(e)
In special circumstances the Dean of Science may, on recommendation of the Head of Department/School, extend the period of eligibility for the award of Honours beyond the time limits specified in 15(c), and/or 15(d).

Note: For the purposes of Regulation 15(d) the date of enrolment is 1 March or 1 August of the year in which the candidate first enrols for the degree, depending on whether the candidate started Part I in the first or second semester, respectively.

16.
Award of MSc instead of PhD

Where a thesis has been presented for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy on a subject listed in Schedule A to these regulations, and the examiners are of the opinion that it does not justify the award of that degree, they may recommend the award of the Degree of Master of Science, without Honours or Distinction or Merit.

17.
Transfer from MSc to PhD

With the approval of the Dean of Postgraduate Studies, and on the recommendation of the Head of Department/School, a student who has been enrolled for MSc Part II for a period of at least 6 months full-time, or the equivalent part-time period, and who has completed MSc Part I or is offering only Part II, may apply.

Candidates wishing to do this should refer to PhD Regulation 3(f). A candidate who transfers to PhD, and who completed Part I, may apply for the award of the PGDipSc or PGDipEngGeol, whichever is appropriate.

18.
Transfer from MSc to PGDipSc

A candidate who is enrolled for MSc Part I may at any time apply to the Dean of Science for transfer to the PGDipSc.

19.
Award of PGDipSc or PGDipEngGeol Instead of Credit Towards MSc

A candidate who has successfully completed Part I of the Degree of Master of Science, or who under Regulation 7(a) has passed Part I as a whole, may have this part of the programme credited towards a PGDipSc instead of the Degree of Master of Science.

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