Regulations for the Degree of Master of Environmental Sciences (MEnvSci)

1.   The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations apply in these regulations.
Admission
2.   Candidates for the Degree must have
  (a)    qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science (Technology) of the University of Waikato with at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or
  (b)    qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours with at least second class honours (second division), or for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma of the University of Waikato in a relevant subject, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
  and
  (d)    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 section 2 of these regulations may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying papers the Academic Board may prescribe which must be completed either prior to or concurrently.
Requirements for the Degree
4.   The normal minimum period of enrolment for completion of the Degree for candidates admitted under 2(a) of these regulations is one calendar year or one and a half academic years. The normal minimum period of enrolment for candidates admitted under 2(b) of these regulations is one academic year.
5.   Candidates must enrol in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and follow an approved programme of study.
6.   Candidates admitted under section 2(a) of these regulations must gain 180 points at 500 level or above. Candidates admitted under section 2(b) of these regulations must gain 120 points at 500 level or above..
7. (a)    Candidates admitted under section 2(a) of these regulations must gain at least 60 points from the papers listed in Appendix A to these regulations, including SCIE501 or another approved research methods paper and the remaining 45 points across at least three of the listed subjects. They must also gain an additional 30 points from the papers listed in either Appendix A or Appendix B to these regulations.
  (b)    Candidates admitted under section 2(b) of these regulations must gain at least 30 points from the papers listed in Appendix A to these regulations, and a further 30 points listed in either Appendix A or Appendix B to these regulations, including any compulsory papers prescribed in the Environmental Sciences entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers.
8.   Candidates must include1
  (a)    a dissertation equivalent to 30 points, or
  (b)    a thesis equivalent to 60 points, or
  (c)    a thesis equivalent to 90 points.
9.   If a candidate fails a paper or papers (worth not more than 30 points in total), he or she may repeat the paper or papers or take an alternative paper or papers with the same total points value on one occasion only. A candidate who fails a paper or papers worth more than 30 points in total will not be permitted to proceed with the Degree.2
Examination of thesis (90 points and above)
10.   The University will appoint two examiners for the candidate's thesis; one examiner external to the University and active in the research field of the thesis; and one examiner internal to the University, with a good grounding in the research field, who is not directly connected to the candidate, or the candidate’s thesis research or supervision.
Award of Honours
11.   The Degree may be awarded with
  (a)    First Class Honours, or
  (b)    Second Class Honours (first division), or
  (c)    Second Class Honours (second division),
  (d)    or without honours.
12.   Except with the approval of the Academic Board, the level of honours will be calculated on the basis of grades for all of the papers completed for the Degree, including any failed paper.
Variations
13.   The Dean or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.
Notes:
1.   Candidates admitted under 2(b) will not normally be able to include a research component of more than 60 points.
2.   Candidates who are ineligible to continue with the Degree may be eligible to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.
Appendix A
BIOL503Data Analysis and Experimental Design (15 points)
BIOL560Freshwater Ecology (15 points)
BIOL561Aquatic Ecosystem Modelling (15 points)
BIOL562Marine and Estuarine Ecology (15 points)
BIOL563Aquatic Field Methods (15 points)
BIOL564Restoration Ecology (15 points)
BIOL570Plant Ecology (15 points)
BIOL573Conservation Biology (15 points)
CHEM516Isotope Geochemistry (15 points)
CHEM517Applied and Environmental Analytical Chemistry A (15 points)
CHEM527Applied and Environmental Analytical Chemistry B (15 points)
ENMP543Environmental Technology Water and Wastewater 1 (15 points)
ENMP544Environmental Technology Water and Wastewater 2 (15 points)
ENVS524Environmental Evaluation (15 points)
ERTH533Soil and Greenhouse Gases (15 points)
ERTH535Land and Soil Evaluation (15 points)
ERTH547Hydrology and Water Resources (15 points)
ERTH5484Ecohydrology (15 points)
ERTH562Coastal Sedimentation (15 points)
ERTH563Coastal and Estuarine Processes (15 points)
ERTH564Coastal and Freshwater Modelling: Physical Approaches (15 points)
ERTH565Time Series Analysis for Environmental Scientists (15 points)
SCIE501Research Methods in the Sciences (15 points)
Appendix B
ACCT507Accounting, Sustainability and a Changing Environment (30 points)
ACCT541Forensic Accounting (30 points)
ANTH512Anthropology and Development (15 points)
DEVS502Sustainable Resource Issues (30 points)
ECON539Environmental and Resource Economics (15 points)
ECON589Directed Study (15 points)
ECON515Economics and the Environment (30 points)
ENVP505Māori Planning and Resource Development (15 points)
GEOG520Human Dimensions of Environmental Change (30 points)
GEOG538Automated Spatial Analysis using GIS (15 points)
GEOG548Advanced Spatial Modelling (15 points)
GEOG558Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning(15points)
GEOG568Applications of Geographic Information Systems (15 points)
HIST512Gardens, Environments and People (30 points)
LAWS521Environmental Regulation and Reform (30 points)
LAWS531International Environmental Law (30 points)
MCOM584Sustainable Futures (30 points)
MNGT501Research Methods in Management Studies (30 points)
POLS537Environmental Politics and Public Policy (30 points)
POLS504Gender, Justice and the Environment (15 points)
STMG580Strategies for Sustainablity (30 points)
TOMG502Tourism Development and the Environment (30 points)

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