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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc)


1.   Every candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science shall
  (a)   have qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science (Technology) of the University of Waikato.
  (b)   have been granted the right to proceed to the degree under the admission ad eundem statum regulations.
  Provided that with the special approval of the Academic Board and under such conditions as the Board may prescribe in each case, a person may be permitted to be a candidate who has no more than 20 points left to complete the requirements of the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science (Technology) degree of the University. Such a candidate shall be deemed not to have qualified for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Science until such time as he or she has also qualified for admission to the degree of Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science (Technology).
2.   Every candidate must be enrolled in the School of Science and Engineering and must complete to the satisfaction of the Academic Board either
  (a)   a full-time programme of study for at least 12 months from the date of first enrolment, provided that in exceptional cases the Dean may reduce the period of study, or
  (b)   over a period not exceeding two years, a part-time programme of study equivalent to at least 12 months of full-time study, and
  (c)   such research, class work, practical work, assignments, tests and oral and written examinations as may be required.
3.   The programme of study of each candidate shall require the approval of the Academic Board, and shall consist of 120 points at Level 5 from those papers offered under section 6 of the MSc regulations or section 7 of the MSc(Tech) regulations. Subject to the approval of the Academic Board, a candidate may include a maximum of 30 points in a subject offered in another Faculty or School of Studies. The Academic Board shall appoint examiners as appropriate. Candidates must attain at least a C grade in each paper presented for the diploma.
4.   To ensure that a candidate is adequately prepared for the programme, the Academic Board shall require that the relevant subject examinations of the bachelors degree shall have been passed at levels and grades which it deems appropriate.
5.   Notwithstanding any other provision in these regulations, the Academic Board may at its discretion, and subject to such conditions as it may specify in any case, permit a candidate to change the programme of study.
6.   Candidates who complete the programme of study with sufficient merit may be awarded the diploma with Distinction.
7.   The Academic Board shall at its discretion and subject to such conditions as it thinks fit, recommend the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Science to a person who has passed at a standard satisfactory to the Academic Board, the papers for the degree of Master of Science or Master of Science (Technology).
8.   The prescriptions for the subjects shall be defined in the Calendar of the University of Waikato.
9.   The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations shall apply equally to candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science and the provisions of those regulations shall be recognised as part of the overall regulations under which the degree is offered.
Notes:
1.   Prospective candidates for the diploma should consult the chairperson(s) of department(s) concerned well before the beginning of the academic year in order to ensure that they have fulfilled the requirements for enrolment.
2.   Normally a candidate must have majored in the subject or subjects proposed for the diploma, and must have attained grades deemed adequate for advanced study, by the chairperson(s) of department(s) concerned.
3.   The provisions for credit or exemption towards the MSc or MSc(Tech) degree for a completed programme of study for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science are set out in the MSc and MSc(Tech) degree regulations.

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