Regulations for the Degree of Master of Professional Writing (MPW)
- The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations apply in these regulations.
- Candidates for the Degree must have
- (a) qualified for the award of a bachelors degree 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 a bachelors degree with Honours of the University of Waikato with at least second class honours (second division), or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
- (c) satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the Degree at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.
Requirements for the Degree
- The normal minimum period of enrolment for completion of the Degree is one calendar year or one and a half academic years. The requirements of the Degree must be completed within four consecutive years of first enrolling for the Degree.
- Candidates must enrol in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and follow an approved programme of study.
- Candidates must gain at least 180 points at 500 level or above.
- Candidates must complete the compulsory papers prescribed in the Professional Writing entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers.
- Candidates must include
- (a) a dissertation equivalent to 30 points, or
- (b) a dissertation equivalent to 60 points, or
- (c) a thesis equivalent to 90 points, or
- (d) a thesis equivalent to 120 points.
Examination of thesis (90 points and above)
- 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
- The Degree may be awarded with
- (a) First Class Honours, or
- (b) Second Class Honours (first division), or
- (c) Second Class Honours (second division), or
- or without honours.
- The Dean or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.
1. Candidates who are ineligible to continue with the Degree may be eligible to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.