Regulations for the Degree of Master of Security and Crime Science (MSCS)

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 a bachelors degree of the University of Waikato or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, with at least a B grade average across the 200 and 300 level papers, or
  (b)    qualified for the award of a bachelors degree with honours or postgraduate diploma of the University of Waikato 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.
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 section 2(a) of these regulations is one calendar year or one and a half academic years. The normal minimum period of enrolment for completion of the Degreee for candidates admitted under sections 2(b) of these regulations is one academic year.
5.   Candidates must enrol in the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and follow an approved programme of study.
6.   Candidates admitted under section 2(a) of these regulations must gain 180 points at 500 level. Candidates admitted under sections 2(b) of these regulations must gain at least 120 points at 500 level.
7.   Candidates must complete the compulsory papers prescribed in the Security and Crime Science entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers.
8.   Candidates must include a dissertation equivalent to 60 points, unless section 9 applies.
9.   In exceptional circumstances (including appropriate work or academic experience), the Director of the NZ Institute for Security and Crime Science may permit a candidate to complete the degree with a 120 point thesis.
10.   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 Degree1.
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),
    or without honours.
12.   Except with the approval of the Academic Board, the level of honours will be calculated on the basis of the 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 who are ineligible to continue with Degree may be eligible to complete a Postgraduate Diploma.

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