Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The regulations below set down the requirements for award of the MPhil degree.
Formal policies and procedures related to enrolment and examination for the MPhil, along with information about administrative matters, are available from the School of Graduate Research and on the University of Waikato website.
These regulations, policies and procedures are administered by the Dean of the School of Graduate Research and the University's Postgraduate Research Committee.

Regulations for the Degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

1.   The Degree is awarded to candidates who have successfully completed approved and supervised research, and presented the results lucidly in a thesis which
  (a)    critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, and
  (b)    demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, and
  (c)    displays intellectual independence, and
  (d)    makes an original contribution to the research area.
2.   To qualify to enrol for the MPhil, an applicant must
  (a)    have qualified for the award of a New Zealand bachelors degree with honours or masters degree1, with at least second class honours (first division) or distinction, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or
  (b)    have passed qualifying papers at a satisfactory level, and
  (c)    have demonstrated research experience, normally at least 30 points of research in an honours or masters degree, or significant professional research experience, or equivalent, or
  (d)    in exceptional circumstances have produced other evidence to the satisfaction of the Postgraduate Research Committee that he or she has adequate skills and knowledge to proceed with the proposed research.
3.   Applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet the English Language Requirements for Admission. Students who have completed undergraduate and/or masters study in English will normally be considered to have met the English Language Requirements.
4.   Applicants for the MPhil must apply through the online Application to Enrol.
5.   Applications for admission to the MPhil and the conditions of enrolment are subject to approval by the Dean of the School of Graduate Research under delegated authority of the Academic Board.
6.   As one of the preconditions for the approval of an application, the Dean of the School of Graduate Research will establish that the necessary supervision and resources can be provided for the chosen topic.
7.   For each MPhil candidate, the Dean of the School of Graduate Research appoints a supervisory panel, each MPhil candidate must have a minimum of two supervisors, one of whom is a continuing staff member of the Universtiy and the chief supervisor.
8.   Candidates are required to maintain contact with their supervisory panel throughout the entire period of their enrolment in the degree.
9.   If at any time subsequent to the approval of an application the University encounters changes to its staffing or resources, it will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that these do not disadvantage the candidate. However, changes to staffing and resources can mean that a candidate's conditions of enrolment are subject to change or termination.
10.   Applicants approved to enrol in the MPhil by the Dean of the School of Graduate Research must enrol in the relevant Faculty and, subject to progress which meets expectations, pursue their research for
  (a)    one year, if they are enrolled on a full-time basis, or
  (b)    two years, if they are enrolled on a part-time basis or
  (c)    a term approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Research which represents a combination of full-time and part-time study.
11.   A candidate may apply to the Dean of the School of Graduate Research for an extension of enrolment for a maximum period of twelve months full-time equivalent during their higher degree programme.
12.   Candidates for the MPhil must not be concurrently enrolled in a research qualification at any other university without written permission from both universities.
13.   Candidates are required to maintain continuous enrolment throughout the entire period of their degree.
14.   Notwithstanding section 10 of these regulations, a candidate may apply to the Dean of the School of Graduate Research for a suspension from enrolment for a maximum period of twelve months full-time equivalent. A candidate is not entitled to supervision or any University resources during a period of suspension and does not incur tuition fees.
15.   The Postgraduate Research Committee has authority to terminate the enrolment of a candidate at any time if the candidate fails to demonstrate progress which meets Faculty expectations and/or comply with any regulations or policies which relate to enrolment for the Degree.
16.   Following enrolment, candidates must submit six-monthly reports on the progress of their research work.
17.   Candidates must provide evidence of ethical approval or a statement confirming that it is not required, in accordance with the Ethical Conduct in Human Research and Related Activities Regulations 2008 and/or Code of Ethical Conduct for the Use of Animals for Research Testing and Teaching 2014.
18.   An MPhil thesis may consist of the candidate's published or unpublished material, or a combination. All such materials have been produced within the term of enrolment.
19.   A candidate must indicate in the thesis any part that has been used or presented for any other degree.
20.   Candidates must comply with the Dissertations and Theses Regulations 2015 which set out the University's requirements with respect to the submission and presentation of theses.
21.   The Dean of the School of Graduate Research appoints two examiners who are external to the University and not directly connected with the candidate or the candidate’s research. At least one of the external examiners is based overseas. In the case of divergent examination outcomes, the Dean of the School of Graduate Research will appoint a third examiner.
22.   The Dean of the School of Graduate Research makes a final decision on the award of the Degree. On the basis of the final reports of the examiners, the Dean of the School of Graduate Research may resolve
  (a)    that the thesis be accepted in its present form as fulfilling the requirements for the degree of Master of Philosophy, or
  (b)    that the thesis be accepted as fulfilling the requirements for the degree of Master of Philosophy subject to the candidate undertaking minor amendments and/or correcting typographical errors as required by the examiner, to the satisfaction of the chief supervisor, or
  (c)    that the thesis be accepted subject to the candidate completing substantial amendments to the satisfaction of the examiner or the chief supervisor, provided that these amendments are not so substantial as to necessitate re-submission and are completed within ten weeks, or
  (d)    that an oral examination of the candidate be conducted, and a further report, based on the oral examination, be provided by the examiners to the Dean of the School of Graduate Research, or
  (e)    that the thesis is not acceptable in its present form and will be returned to the candidate, who may revise it and re-submit it for examination after a re-enrolment for a minimum period of six months, or
  (f)    that the candidate has failed to meet the required standard and that no degree be awarded.
23.   A candidate will be permitted to revise and re-submit a thesis only once and only one oral examination will be held.
24.   Applicants or candidates for the MPhil who wish to appeal a decision by the Dean of the School of Graduate Research or the Postgradaute Research Committee, or who have a concern about supervision or any other aspect of their candidature, may raise the matter under the Higher Degree Appeals and Complaints Regulations.
25.   The Dean of the School of Graduate Research and the Postgraduate Research Committee is required to report any decisions they make which fall outside of regulations to the Research Committee.
Note:
1.   Some professional masters degrees, such as the Master of Business Administration, are not intended to provide a pathway to doctoral study. Applications from students who have completed a professional masters degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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