Postgraduate Diploma in Science - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in 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.

Subjects in Which the Diploma May be Awarded

The subjects for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science are: Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Child and Family Psychology, Computer Science, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Science, Evolutionary Biology+, Finance, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Medical Physics, Microbiology, Philosophy, Physics, Plant Biology+, Psychology, Statistics, Zoology+.

+ Not open to new enrolments in 2017.

Qualifications Required to Enrol in the Diploma
Every candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science shall, before enrolling for the Diploma, fulfil one of the following conditions: either
qualify for the Degree of Bachelor of Science; or
qualify for a Bachelor's degree and if necessary passed a qualifying programme in such courses from the schedule to the regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Science as may be required by the Dean of Postgraduate Studies; or
be admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science.
A candidate shall have met the prerequisites prescribed in the Schedule to these Regulations.
Every candidate for the diploma shall have been approved as a candidate by the Dean of Science.
Structure of the Diploma
The programme for the Diploma shall consist of a total of 120 points/1.00 EFTS from courses as laid down in the Prescriptions for the subject, to be passed in one year unless in a particular case the Dean of Science resolves otherwise.
With the approval of the Heads of Departments/Schools, a candidate may replace courses up to 60 points with 400-level courses prescribed for other subjects.
Repeating of Courses
A candidate who fails any of the courses, or who otherwise does not attain a standard satisfactory to the Dean of Postgraduate Studies shall not be permitted to repeat any of those courses, or offer any other course in their place.
In the case of a candidate who fails no more than 0.25 EFTS of the diploma programme, the Dean of Science, on the advice of the Head of Department/School concerned, may recommend a pass in the diploma as a whole, provided the candidate has achieved a grade average of at least B- in the diploma programme as a whole, including any failed courses.
A candidate who fails more than 0.25 EFTS of the diploma programme, or who failed no more than 0.25 EFTS but was not offered a pass in the diploma as a whole under Regulation 4(b), will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency for each course passed.
Notwithstanding 4(a), 4(b) and 4(c), a candidate who qualifies for an aegrotat award, in some or all of the courses (see General Course and Examination Regulation H) may elect either:
to accept for the courses affected the grades recommended by the examiners under that Regulation;
to present all or some of those courses once at a subsequent examination.
Transfer from PGDipSc to MSc

If the courses passed for the Diploma also satisfy the requirements for Part I of the MSc, and if the candidate meets the standard required by the department for entry to MSc Part II, then, subject to the Admission Regulations and with the approval of the Dean of Science, a candidate may elect either:

to have the courses transferred to the Degree of Master of Science in lieu of being awarded the Diploma;
to enter for the Degree of Master of Science under Regulation 2(a)(iv) if the Diploma has been awarded.
Award of PGDipSc Instead of MSc Part I

A candidate who has successfully completed Part I of the Degree of Master of Science may have this part of the degree programme credited towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Science instead of the Degree of Master of Science.

Award of PGDipSc after Attempting MSc Part I

Where a candidate for the Degree of Master of Science does not attain a satisfactory standard in the Part I examination, but does fulfil the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science, the Dean of Science, on the advice of the examiners, may recommend the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Science.

Award of PGDipSc With Distinction or Merit

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

Note: The award of Distinction indicates a grade average in the range A- to A+; the award of merit indicates a grade average of B+.

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