Regulations for the Degree of Master of Social Work (MSW)

1.   The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations apply in these regulations.
2.   Candidates for the Degree must have
  (a)    have qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Social Work with Honours of the University of Waikato or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
  (b)    be eligible for social work registration, and
  (c)    have 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 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, or in the case of part-time study; an equivalent period not exceeding eight calendar years, from the date of first enrolment in the Degree.
5.   Candidates must enrol in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and follow an approved programme of study.
6.   Candidates must gain 180 points at 500 level or above.
7.   Candidates must complete any compulsory papers prescribed in the Social Work subject entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers.
8.   Candidates must include
  (a)    a dissertation equivalent to 60 points, or
  (b)    a thesis equivalent to 90 points, or
  (c)    a thesis equivalent to 120 points.1
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).
    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.
13.   The Dean or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.
1.   Candidates may include a 120 point thesis only with the approval of the Dean or delegated authority.
2.   Candidates who are ineligible to continue with the Degree may be eligible to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.

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