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

Schedule to the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in 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.

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

Astronomy

Either: ASTR 480, PHYS 407, ASTR 422, ASTR 423 or ASTR 425, and three other courses chosen from ASTR 421–427, PHYS 411–460, MDPH 403, MDPH 406, with a maximum of two courses from PHYS 440–460;

Or: ASTR 422, ASTR 423 or ASTR 425, and six other courses chosen from ASTR 421–427, ASTR 430, PHYS 411–460, MDPH 403, MDPH 406, with a maximum of three courses from PHYS 440–460.

Not all courses may be offered in any one year.

With the approval of the Head of Department, up to two courses may be replaced by appropriate courses from another subject.

Note: The choice of courses is subject to the approval of the Head of Department of Physics and Astronomy.

P:
60 points in 300-level ASTR or PHYS courses approved by the Head of Department.

Biochemistry

Courses totalling at least 120 points as approvad by the Director of Biochemistry. Normally courses are selected from BCHM 455 (BIOL 455), BCHM 456 (BIOL 456), BCHM 457 (BIOL 457), BCHM 459 (BIOL 459), BCHM 460 (BIOL 460), BCHM 461 (BIOL 461), BCHM 462 (BIOL 462), BCHM 420, and CHEM 421–422. Other suitable courses include: BCHM 407–409, BIOL 429-462, BIOL 481, BIOL 496.

P:
84 points in 300-level courses: 70 points from BCHM 305, BCHM 306, BCHM 338, BCHM 339 and BCHM 381; and additional points normally from CHEM 321, CHEM 322, CHEM 324, CHEM 362, CHEM 381, CHEM 382, BIOL 313, BIOL 330, BIOL 351 or BIOL 352.

Biological Sciences

Courses totalling at least 120 points including BIOL 411 and BIOL 412. At least 60 points are to be selected from other BIOL 400-level courses. The remaining courses may be selected with the approval of the School of Biological Sciences Fourth Year Coordinator.

P:
(1)
60 points from 300-level BIOL courses, BCHM 305, BCHM 306; and
(2)
BIOL 309 or GEOG 309 or PSYC 206 or STAT 201 or STAT 202.

Biotechnology

Courses totalling at least 120 points including BIOL 411, BIOL 412 and BIOL 496. At least 45 points to be selected from BIOL 429, BIOL 455-457 (BCHM 455-457), and BIOL 459-463 (BCHM 459-462). The remaining courses may be selected with the approval of the School of Biological Sciences Fourth Year Coordinator.

P:
At least 60 points from BCHM 301, BCHM 305, BCHM 306, BIOL 313, BIOL 333, BIOL 334, BIOL 335, BIOL 351, BIOL 352 or appropriate advanced level courses in biochemistry and the molecular biosciences.

Cellular and Molecular Biology

Courses totalling at least 120 points including BIOL 411 and BIOL 412. At least 30 points are to be selected from BIOL 455-456 (BCHM 455-456), BIOL 459-462 (BCHM 459-462) and BIOL 496. The remaining courses may be selected with the approval of the School of Biological Sciences Fourth Year Coordinator.

P:
At least 60 points selected from BCHM 301, BCHM 305, BCHM 306, BIOL 313, BIOL 330, BIOL 333, BIOL 334 ,BIOL 335, BIOL 351, BIOL 352.

Note: A student will normally be expected to take BIOL 309.

Chemistry

All four courses from CHEM 421–424. Note: With the approval of the Head of Department, one of the courses may be replaced by Honours 400-level courses from another subject with a total EFTS of at least the same value.

P:
60 points at 300-level in the same subject.

Child and Family Psychology

1.00 EFTS (120 points) which shall normally be chosen from CFPY 601-604, HLTH 472 and one of EDEM 695-697, or HLTH 462, or PSYC 460 or PSYC 461 or PSYC 464.

P:
  1. A Bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology; or
  2. Any relevant Bachelors degree and a Graduate Diploma of Arts or Science in Psychology; and
  3. PSYC 206 Research Design and Statistics or other research methods course deemed equivalent.
Notes:
1.
A student will normally be expected to have at least a B- and above average in their 300-level undergraduate courses.
2.
A student wishing to transfer from PGDipSc to MSc under PGDipSc Regulation 5 will be required to complete a further 30 points of coursework. Please refer to Schedule A to the Regulations for the Degree of Master of Science for Child and Family Psychology Part I requirements.

Computer Science

Eight courses chosen from COSC401-439, 462-474 and all SENG 400-level courses with the exception of SENG 402. Students who consider changing into the MSc in Computer Science need to take COSC 469.

P:
60 points at 300-level in Computer Science (including SENG 301, SENG 302, SENG 365, ENCE 360, ENCE 361).

Data Science

Eight courses (with the approval of the Director of Studies) from COSC (COSC 401–439, COSC 462–474), DATA (DATA 420–440), MATH (MATH 401–448, 450–490), STAT (STAT 401–448, 450–490), and SENG (SENG 401, 403–490). At least 30 points must be taken from the prescribed COSC and SENG coded courses, and a further 30 points from the prescribed MATH and STAT coded courses.

P:
All the required 300-level courses for the BSc in Data Science.

Ecology

Courses totalling at least 120 points including BIOL 411 and BIOL 412. Additional courses are to be selected, with the approval of the School of Biological Sciences Fourth Year Coordinator, from BIOL 420, BIOL 423-429, BIOL 438, ENVR 410, ENVR 411, and FORE 616.

P:
(1)
60 points from BIOL 370–379; and
(2)
BIOL 309 or equivalent.

Economics

120 points from ECON 601-679 with approval from the Head of Department.

P:
(1)
ECON 206 or ECON 325; and
(2)
ECON 213 or STAT 202 or STAT 213; and
(3)
ECON 203 or (ECON 207 and ECON 208); and
(4)
60 points from 300-level Economics courses, including ECON 321, ECON 324, ECON 326 (or equivalent as approved by the Head of Department).

Alternatively, a student may apply to enter with a Graduate Diploma in Economics or a Graduate Diploma in Science, normally including ECON 321, ECON 324 and ECON 326.

Environmental Science

ENVR 410 and 411, plus selected courses as for MSC Part I, with the approval of the Course Coordinator.

P:
84 points in appropriate 300-level courses in Science, Engineering, and Forestry approved by the Coordinator.

Note: Normally all prerequisites must be satisfied.

Evolutionary Biology+

+ Not open to new enrolments in 2018.

Courses totalling at least 120 points including BIOL 411 and BIOL 412. At least 30 points are to be selected from BIOL 423, BIOL 429, BIOL 438, BIOL 456 (BCHM 456), BIOL 459 (BCHM 459) and BIOL 460 (BCHM 460). Additional courses may be selected with the approval of the School of Biological Sciences Fourth Year Coordinator.

P:
(1)
BIOL 271; and
(2)
60 points from BIOL 330, BIOL 332, BIOL 334, BIOL 335, BIOL 371, BIOL 373; and
(3)
BIOL 309 or equivalent background in statistics.

Geography

Courses equivalent to 120 points from GEOG 401–420 and GISC 403–413 and GISC 416, with approval of the Head of Department. Enrolment in GEOG 420 Research Project is recommended.

Note: Not all courses will be offered in any one year.

P:
A student will normally be expected to either:
(1)
have passed 84-90 points in 300-level courses approved by the Head of Department, including GEOG 309 and at least 28–30 other points in 300-level Geography courses, or
(2)
to have completed 112–120 points at 300-level, of which 56–60 points are in Geography and 56–60 points are in subjects approved by the Head of Department.

Finance

120 points from FINC 601 - 679 with approval from the Head of Department.

P:
(1)
ECON 202; and
(2)
ECON 213 (or any 30 points from STAT 200-level courses); and
(3)
FINC 205; and
(4)
FINC 331.
Or: a bachelor's degree in a subject other than Finance, but including:
(1)
ECON 213 (or any 30 points from STAT 200-level courses); and
(2)
FINC 331; and
(3)
an additional 30 points in 300-level FINC courses.

Geology

Eight courses from GEOL 473–489 with the approval of the Head of the Department of Geological Sciences.

Notes:
1.
With the approval of the Head of the Department of Geological Sciences, up to three courses from another relevant subject may replace three of the courses, or one full year course from another relevant subject may replace two of the courses.
2.
Practical and fieldwork may be required as part of any GEOL 473–489 courses.
3.
Not all courses may be offered in any one year.
P:
GEOL 351 and GEOL 352 (or equivalent fieldwork), and 60 points from other GEOL 300-level courses, passed with a grade average that meets the approval of the Head of Department (the normal requirement is at least a B grade average).

Mathematics

Eight courses chosen from MATH 401–490 and STAT 401–490 (other than MATH 449 or STAT 449). Normally one of the eight courses must be MATH 443 if the student has not been credited with MATH 343 previously. Normally at least six courses will be chosen from the MATH course list.

P:
(1)
45 points from MATH 201, MATH 202, MATH 203, MATH 220 and MATH 240, including MATH 201 and at least one of (MATH 202 or MATH 203); and
(2)
60 points from MATH 301–394; and
(3)
An additional 30 points from MATH 301–394 and STAT 301–394 or other approved courses.

Medical Physics

Seven courses from MDPH 401–410 and one course from PHYS 410–460. With the approval of the Head of Department, one of these courses may be replaced by an appropriate course from another subject. Note: The choice of courses is subject to the approval of the Head of Department of Physics and Astronomy.

P:
90 points at 300-level, approved by the Head of Department.

Microbiology

Courses totalling at least 120 points including BIOL 411, BIOL 412, BIOL 455 (BCHM 455) and BIOL 456 (BCHM 456). At least 30 points are to be selected from BIOL 457 (BCHM 457), BIOL 459 (BCHM 459), BIOL 460 (BCHM 460), BIOL 463 and BIOL 496. Additional courses may be selected with the approval of the School of Biological Sciences Fourth Year Coordinator.

P:
(1)
BIOL 313; and
(2)
At least 45 points selected from BCHM 301, BIOL 330, BIOL 331, BIOL 333, BIOL 335, BIOL 351, BIOL 352.

Note: A student will normally be expected to take BIOL 309.

Philosophy

120 points chosen from PHIL 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442, 443, 444, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458, 463, 464, 467, 468, 469, 470, 471, 472, 474 495, 498.

P:
60 points at 300-level in the same subject.

Physics

Either: PHYS 407, PHYS 480 and five courses chosen from PHYS 411–460, ASTR 421–425, MDPH 403, MDPH 406, with a maximum of two courses from PHYS 440–460.

Or: Eight courses chosen from PHYS 401–460, ASTR 421–425, MDPH 403, MDPH 406, with a maximum of three courses from PHYS 440–460.

Not all courses may be offered in any one year.

With the approval of the Head of Department, up to two courses may be replaced by appropriate courses from another subject.

Note: The choice of courses is subject to the approval of the Head of Department of Physics and Astronomy.

P:
60 points in 300-level PHYS courses approved by the Head of Department.

Plant Biology+

+ Not open to new enrolments in 2018.

Courses totalling at least 120 points including BIOL 411 and BIOL 412. Remaining courses are to be selected, with the approval of the School of Biological Sciences Fourth Year Coordinator, from BIOL 423-429, BIOL 455, BIOL 459-461, BIOL 463 and BIOL 496.

P:
At least 60 points from 300-level BIOL courses.

Note: A student will normally be expected to take BIOL 309.

Psychology

Courses totalling 120 points selected with the approval of the Head of Department from any 400-level courses in Psychology. One 300-level course may be substituted for a 400-level course of equivalent points value with the approval of the HoD.

P:
(1)
PSYC 105 and PSYC 106; and
(2)
PSYC 206, and three courses from PSYC 207–212; and
(3)
At least 75 points of 300-level PSYC, including PSYC 344.

A B grade in three PSYC 300-level courses is normally required.

Statistics

Part I: Eight courses chosen from STAT 401–490 and MATH 401–490 (other than STAT 449 or MATH 449). One of the eight courses must be STAT 464 if the student has not been credited with STAT 213 or STAT 214 previously. Normally at least six courses will be chosen from the STAT course list

P:
(1)
MATH 103, MATH 109 or MATH 199; and
(2)
45 points from STAT 201–294; and
(3)
60 points from STAT 301–394; and
(4)
An additional 30 points from STAT 301–394 and MATH 301–394 or other approved courses.

Zoology+

+ Not open to new enrolments in 2018.

Courses totalling at least 120 points including BIOL 411 and BIOL 412. Additional courses are to be selected, with the approval of the School of Biological Sciences Fourth Year Coordinator, from BIOL 424-429, BIOL 459-463 and BIOL 481.

P:
At least 60 points from 300-level BIOL courses.

Note: A student will normally be expected to take BIOL 309.

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