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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations and Security Studies (PGDipIRSSt)


1.   Every candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations and Security Studies shall
  (a)   have qualified for the award of a bachelors degree of the University of Waikato with a specialisation in Economics, History, Political Science or such other discipline as the Academic Board of the University of Waikato may consider appropriate, or
  (b)   have been granted the right to proceed to the diploma under the admission ad eundem statum regulations, or
  (c)   in exceptional circumstances, have produced evidence which satisfies the Academic Board that he or she has adequate training and ability to proceed to the diploma on such terms as the Academic Board may prescribe with respect to any qualifying papers or additional work which must be completed, either prior to admission or concurrently.
  Provided that a candidate who is admitted to the diploma under section 1(c) of these regulations shall not be deemed to have qualified for the award of the diploma until such time as he or she has satisfactorily completed any required qualifying papers or additional work.
2.   In addition, every candidate for admission to the diploma must be accepted by the Director of the International Relations and Security Studies Programme.
3.   Every candidate shall be enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and thereafter shall
  (a)   follow to the satisfaction of the Academic Board a programme of full-time study for a period of one year, or of part-time study for two years, from the date of the first enrolment for the diploma, and
  (b)   complete to the satisfaction of the Academic Board such research, class work, practical work, assignments, tests and oral and written examinations as may be prescribed for any paper being taken, and
  (c)   gain a pass in all of the required papers.
4.   The personal programme of study of each candidate shall be determined by the Academic Board taking into account the candidate‚Äôs previous studies.
5.   The papers for the diploma and their prescriptions shall be defined in the Calendar of the University of Waikato.
6.   Every candidate for the diploma shall complete satisfactorily
  (a)   90 points from the papers listed in Part A, and
  (b)   30 points from the papers listed in Part B
  of the schedule of papers defined as Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations and Security Studies papers in the University of Waikato Calendar.
7.   A candidate may be permitted to credit towards the diploma papers passed prior to enrolment as a diploma candidate, provided that these papers have not previously been counted towards another qualification. In assessing whether credit may be given in particular areas, the following principle will be taken into account: every candidate must complete 90 points from the papers listed in the schedule of compulsory papers, and must complete at least 60 points in the prescribed papers for the diploma while enrolled as a diploma candidate at the University of Waikato.
8.   The diploma may be awarded with Distinction. The final result for the diploma and whether the diploma will be awarded with distinction will be determined after all of the work for the diploma has been assessed. Except with the special approval of the Academic Board, a candidate shall be eligible for the award of the diploma with distinction only if the requirements are completed in not more than two years from the date of first enrolment for the diploma.
9.   Notwithstanding anything in these regulations, if it deems it appropriate in individual cases, the Academic Board may approve a personal programme of study other than that prescribed in section 6 of these regulations.

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