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 2018 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website). Find key terms in the Glossary of terms.

These regulations must be read in conjunction with the General Regulations for the University.

1.
Version

These Regulations came into force on 1 January 2018.

2.
Variations

In exceptional circumstances the Academic Dean of Science may approve a personal programme of study which does not conform to these regulations.

3.
The structure of the qualification

The programme for the Degree of Master of Science consists of Part I and Part II as set out in Schedule A to these Regulations.

(a)
A student who holds a Bachelor’s degree must complete Parts I and II.
(b)
A student must complete Part II only if:
i.
they hold a Bachelor’s degree with Honours or a Postgraduate Diploma, and
ii.
that degree or diploma was in the same discipline as the sought Master’s degree.
(c)
A student seeking their Master of Science in a different discipline to that of their previous degree or postgraduate diploma may need to complete all or some of Parts I and II at the discretion of the Academic Dean of Science.
(d)
A student may be enrolled in Part I and Part II sequentially or concurrently.
i.
A student who wishes to enrol concurrently must have at least a B+ grade average in the prerequisites listed in Schedule A, and be approved by the Head of Department/School.
(e)
Before submitting Part II for examination, a student must pass Part I to the standard required by the Head of Department/School.
(f)
A student may, with the approval of the Academic Dean of Science, replace up to 60 points of the Part I programme prescribed for their discipline by courses for another discipline at an equivalent level.
4.
Admission to the qualification
(a)
A student for the Degree of Master of Science must, before enrolling for the degree, have either:
i.
qualified for the Bachelor of Science, with or without Honours; or
ii.
qualified for a bachelor's degree, with or without Honours, and if necessary, passed any qualifying programme required by the Academic Dean of Science; or
iii.
qualified for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Science; or
iv.
been admitted with Academic Equivalent Standing.
(b)
A student for the degree must have been approved as a student by the Academic Dean of Science based on relevance and standard of previous study.
5.
Subjects

The degree may be awarded in any of the majors listed in Schedule A of these Regulations.

6.
Time limits
(a)
The time limit for Part I is:
i.
12 months for full-time enrolment, or
ii.
24 months for part-time enrolment.
(b)
The time limit for Part II is:
i.
24 months for full-time enrolment, or
ii.
48 months for part-time enrolment.
7.
Transfers of credit, substitutions and cross-credits

This qualification adheres to the General Regulations of the University with no additional stipulations.

8.
Progression
This qualification adheres to the General Regulations for the University, with the following stipulations:
(a)
If a student fails up to 30 points for Part I of the Master of Science degree, they may, with the permission of the Academic Dean of Science, repeat that course or courses, or substitute another course or courses of equal weight.
(b)
A student who fails more than 30 points for Part I will be withdrawn from the qualification.
9.
Honours, Distinction and Merit

This qualification adheres to the General Regulations for the University, and may be awarded with Distinction and Merit.

10.
Pathways to other qualifications
(a)
A student who has presented Part I of a Master of Science degree, but who has not submitted Part II, may apply to the Academic Dean of Science to transfer to the Bachelor of Science with Honours degree or the Postgraduate Diploma in Science, provided that the programme of study meets the requirement for that degree or diploma.
(b)
A student who has not met the requirements of the Masters of Science degree, or wishes to transfer, may apply to the Academic Dean of Science for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Science, and complete such courses as specified by the Dean of Science.
(c)
A student who has started Part II (thesis) may apply to the Dean of Postgraduate Research to transfer the PhD.
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