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Regulations for the Degree of Master of Applied Psychology (MAppPsy)


1.   Candidates for the degree of Master of Applied Psychology must have
  (a)   qualified for the award of the Bachelor of Social Sciences degree of the University of Waikato with a major in Psychology, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
  (b)   satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in Psychology, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.
  (c)   satisfactorily completed 20 points at Level 3 in organisational psychology, or equivalent. Candidates who have not met this requirement may be enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours degree in Psychology in the first instance, with the possibility of transferring to the Master of Applied Psychology as in section 6.
2.   In exceptional cases, based on academic merit, candidates who have a maximum of 20 points left to complete in order to meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Social Sciences degree (or approved equivalent) may be permitted to enrol in the Master of Applied Psychology. The Master of Applied Psychology will not be deemed to have been completed until the qualifying degree has also been completed.
3.   Candidates must enrol and follow an approved programme of study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for either
  (a)   at least two years, or
  (b)   at least one year, in the case of candidates for whom an exemption from up to 120 points has been approved under the provisions of section 6 of these regulations.
4.   The degree is offered in the following specified programmes:
      Behaviour Analysis
      Organisational Psychology
5.   Candidates must gain the equivalent of 240 points at Level 5, including any compulsory papers, as prescribed in the schedule in the Calendar.
6.   Candidates who have completed the Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours degree in Psychology of the University of Waikato, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, may be exempted from up to 120 points for the Master of Applied Psychology degree, provided that their overall graduate programme of study conforms with the requirements of the specified programme prescribed for the degree.
7.   Candidates must present either
  (a)   a dissertation equivalent to 60 points at Level 5, or
  (b)   a thesis equivalent to 90 points at Level 5, or
  (c)   a thesis equivalent to 120 points at Level 5
  on the findings of their research on an aspect of psychology relevant to the specified programme being taken under section 4 of these regulations.
8.   If a candidate fails a paper, he or she may repeat the paper or take an approved alternative paper on one occasion only. A candidate who fails more than one paper will not be permitted to proceed with the degree. Candidates must pass all the compulsory papers for the degree.
9.   The degree may be awarded with First Class Honours, Second Class Honours (first division) or Second Class Honours (second division). The academic criteria for each class of honours are set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science Graduate Handbook. Except with the approval of the Academic Board, the award of honours will be calculated on the basis of the first 240 points completed by the candidate while enrolled for the degree, including any failed paper, which would satisfy the requirements of the degree.
10.   The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations Governing Graduate Degrees apply in these regulations and include provisions for the variation and waiver of these regulations in individual cases by the Academic Board or delegated authority.

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