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Regulations for the Degree of Master of Science (MSc)


Admission
1.   Candidates for the degree of Master of Science must have qualified for the award of
  (a)   the degree of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Technology), or Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Waikato, or
  (b)   the Postgraduate Diploma in Science, the Postgraduate Diploma in Science Education, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Education of the University of Waikato, or
  (c)   a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent.
2.   Candidates must also have satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the degree, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.
3.   In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit and relevant experience, candidates who do not meet the requirements of sections 1 and 2 of these regulations may be considered for admission subject to completion of any qualifying papers the Academic Board may prescribe.
4.   Candidates who have completed the requirements of the major subject(s) for the qualifying bachelors degree, being the subject(s) to be taken for the Master of Science degree, but who have no more than 40 points left to pass in order to complete that degree, may be permitted to enrol for the Master of Science. Candidates admitted under the provisions of this section will be required to complete the requirements of the bachelors degree within the first year of enrolment for the Master of Science degree.
5.   Candidates must enrol and follow an approved programme of study in either the School of Science and Engineering or the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences for at least 24 months full-time, or the equivalent period in part-time study.
Requirements for the degree
6.   Candidates must satisfy the provisions of either 6.1 or 6.2 below
  6.1   240 points at Level 5, including any compulsory papers prescribed in the Calendar, in one or two of the following subjects:
      Biological Sciences
      Chemistry
      Computer Science
      Earth Sciences
      Materials and Process Engineering
      Mathematics
      Physics
      Science and Technology Education
      Statistics
  Candidates may be permitted to take a maximum of 90 points at Level 5 from a subject in another School/Faculty of Studies, in place of a second subject from those listed above.
  6.2   240 points at Level 5 in one of the following specified programmes, the requirements for which are set out in the handbooks of the School of Science and Engineering and the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences:
      Biotechnology
      Environmental Science
      Materials Science
      Resources and Environmental Planning
      Technology Innovation
7.   Candidates are required to include a dissertation or thesis in their programme. The number of points which the dissertation or thesis replaces is subject to the approval of the relevant Chairperson of Department.
8.   Where a candidate fails a paper (30 points), he or she may be permitted to repeat the paper or take an alternative paper on one occasion only. A candidate who fails a paper will not be eligible for the award of honours. A candidate who fails more than one paper will not be permitted to proceed with the degree.
Award of honours
9.   The degree may be awarded with First Class Honours, Second Class Honours (first division) or Second Class Honours (second division) or without honours. In order to be eligible for consideration for the award of honours, the requirements of the degree must be completed in not more than 24 consecutive months of full-time study, or, in the case of part-time study, an equivalent period not exceeding four calendar years, from the date of first enrolment in the degree.
Exemptions and credit transfers
10.   Candidates who have completed one of the following University of Waikato qualifications, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, will be exempted from 120 points for the MSc degree
      Postgraduate Diploma in Science
      Postgraduate Diploma in Science Education
      Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Education
11.   Candidates who have completed the Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences from the University of Waikato will be exempted from up to 120 points for the MSc degree.
12.   Candidates may credit to the MSc a maximum of 120 points from approved papers passed at an equivalent level towards another University of Waikato qualification or a qualification from another tertiary education provider, provided they do not already count towards a completed qualification.
13.   Candidates granted exemption under section 10 of these regulations will be expected to complete the requirements of the degree by completing a 120 point thesis and would not normally be eligible for consideration for the award of honours.
14.   Candidates granted credit under section 12 of these regulations will be eligible for consideration of the award of honours for the degree, provided that they meet the requirements set out in section 9 of these regulations.
General
15.   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.
Transitional arrangements
These regulations are effective from 1 January 2004. Candidates who enrolled for the MSc before 2004 and who have not yet completed the degree will be permitted to complete under the 2003 regulations (as set out in the 2003 Calendar) provided they complete the degree within 24 consecutive months of full-time study, or, in the case of part-time study, an equivalent period not exceeding four calendar years, from the date of first enrolment in the degree. After this time candidates may be required to transfer to the 2004 regulations.
Alternatively, candidates who enrolled in the MSc degree before 2004 may apply to the Dean of Science and Engineering or the Dean of Computing and Mathematical Sciences to complete the degree under the 2004 regulations.

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