Regulations for the Degree of Master of Science (Technology) (MSc(Tech))

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 (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
    qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science 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
  (c)    qualified for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma of the University of Waikato in a relevant subject with an average grade of at least B, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent,1 or
  (d)    demonstrated to the Academic Board that they have adequate training, experience and ability to proceed with the degree,
  and
  (e)    satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the Degree, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board, and
  (f)    be subject to the completion of any qualifying papers or additional work as may be required by the Academic Board, either prior to admission or concurrently.
3.   In exceptional circumstances, candidates without the normal qualifications for admission may be considered for admission on the basis of relevant training and experience, normally comprising
  (a)    the completion of an appropriate technical qualification at a level considered satisfactory by the Academic Board, and
  (b)    the subsequent completion of at least two years of appropriate industrial or technical experience, and
  (c)    the completion of the management papers required under section 10 of the BSc(Tech) regulations.
4.   Candidates who qualified for admission under section 2(b) of these regulations are required to pass, either prior to admission or concurrently, core undergraduate work placement and management papers as prescribed in the Faculty of Science and Engineering Undergraduate Handbook.
Requirements for the Degree
5.   Candidates must enrol in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and follow an approved programme of study.
6.   Candidates must gain 240 points at 500 level or above.
7.   Candidates must complete the requirements of a subject.
Subjects
  Biological Sciences
  Chemistry
  Computer Science
  Earth Sciences
  Electronics
  Materials and Processing
  Physics
8.   To complete the requirements of a subject, candidates must gain at least 120 points in that subject, including any compulsory papers prescribed in the relevant subject entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers.
9.   Candidates must include
  (a)    a thesis equivalent to 90 points, or
  (b)    a thesis equivalent to 120 points, or
  (c)    a thesis equivalent to 150 points
  in the last 150 points taken for the Degree.
10.   Candidates admitted under sections 2(a), 2(b) or 2(d) of these regulations must
  (a)    gain 240 points at 500 level as prescribed in the relevant subject entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers, and
  (b)    pass all of the papers taken for the first 120 points for the Degree with an average grade of at least B in order to be eligible to continue with the Degree.1, 2
11.   Candidates admitted under sections 2(a), 2(b) or 2(d) of these regulations may take up to 60 points from outside the field of the Degree.
12.   The field of the Degree comprises all the subjects listed in section 7 of these regulations.
13.   Candidates admitted under section 2(c) of these regulations will be granted exemption from up to 120 points for the Degree and must gain at least 120 points at 500 level as prescribed in the relevant subject entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers.
14.   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.
Examination of thesis (90 points and above)
15.   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
16.   Candidates admitted under sections 2(a), 2(b) or 2(d) of these regulations may be eligible for the 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 without honours.
17.   Candidates who fail a paper will not be eligible for the award of honours.
18.   Except with the approval of the Academic Board, the level of honours will be calculated on the basis of the grades of the papers passed by the candidate on the first attempt while enrolled for the Degree.
19.   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.
Variations
20.   The Dean or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.
Notes:
1.   Some subjects require a higher grade average. Candidates should consult the appropriate subject convenors for advice.
2.   Candidates who are ineligible to continue with the Degree may be eligible to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant subject.

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