General Regulations – Masters Degrees

The following regulations apply to all Masters degrees published in this Calendar unless otherwise stated. As far as possible they are to be read in conjunction with the specific degree regulations for each Masters degree.

Notes:

(i) a Masters is a Research Masters if it includes a thesis or research portfolio of at least 90 points, otherwise it is a Taught Masters

(ii) a research essay or research project will normally be worth no more than 45 points

(iii) a dissertation will be worth at least 40 points and less than 90 points

(iv) a research portfolio or thesis will normally be worth 90 or 120 points

(v) for the purposes of these regulations only, full-time enrolment is 50 points or more in one semester or 25 points or more in one quarter, otherwise the semester or quarter enrolment (and any Summer School enrolment) is part-time

(vi) The ‘Department’ is the Department or School or other academic unit in which the student is enrolled, and the ‘Head of Department’ or ‘Academic Head’ is the head of that academic unit

(vii) a representative of Senate includes a Dean, and a Deputy or Associate Dean.

General Requirements

1 A student enrolled for a Masters degree at this University must pass the full points value specified in the degree regulations. The total enrolment may not exceed the minimum points requirement for the degree by more than 40 points.

Duration of Enrolment

2 a The requirements for a Masters degree must be completed in accordance with the following time limits and the thesis or research portfolio due dates in Regulation 2e.

Degree Total Points
    120 180 240 300 360
Maximum number of semesters for a Research Masters Degree full-time 2 3 4 5 6
part-time 4 6 8 10 12
Maximum number of semesters for a Taught Masters Degree full-time 2 3 4 5 6
part-time 8 12 12 12 12
Maximum number of quarters for a Taught Masters Degree full-time 4 6 8 N/A N/A
part-time 8 12 16 N/A N/A

(i) (a) the start date of the enrolment in the thesis or research portfolio where the programme commences with a thesis or research portfolio enrolment

or

(b) the first semester, quarter or Summer School in which a student enrolled for a course which is assigned or reassigned to the programme.

(ii) One period of Summer School enrolment counts towards the time limit as one semester of part-time enrolment, but is not counted if a thesis or research portfolio enrolment has already commenced.

(iii) Where a student’s enrolment is partially full-time and partially part-time, the part-time time limit applies, provided that:

(a) one semester of full-time enrolment counts as two semesters of part-time enrolment

(b) one quarter of full-time enrolment counts as two quarters of part-time enrolment.

(iv) Where a student’s enrolment is entirely full-time, it must be in consecutive semesters or quarters.

(v) Where a student’s enrolment is at least partially part-time, up to a maximum of four semesters or four quarters of non-enrolment may occur provided that:

(a) one semester of non-enrolment counts towards the time limit as one semester of part-time enrolment

(b) one quarter of non-enrolment counts towards the time limit as one quarter of part-time enrolment

and

(c) any semesters of non-enrolment occur prior to commencement of a thesis or research portfolio enrolment.

b Enrolment in a Research Masters degree must conclude with the submission of the thesis or research portfolio.

c Enrolment in the thesis or research portfolio must commence on either 1 December, 1 March or 15 July and continue until the submission of the thesis or research portfolio.

d A student must enrol in thesis or research portfolio points in no fewer than two and no more than four consecutive semesters until the thesis or research portfolio points requirement is satisfied and subject to the time limits in Regulation 2a.

Start date of thesis or research portfolio

Initial semester of enrolment In Thesis or research portfolio points

1 December

Semester One of following year

1 March

Semester One of that same year

15 July Semester Two of that same year

  e    A thesis or research portfolio must be submitted by the following due dates:

Start date of thesis or research portfolio

Final semester of enrolment1

Due date for thesis or research portfolio2

1 December

Semester One

31 May3

Semester Two

30 November4

1 March

Semester One

31 August4

Semester Two

28 February5

15 July

Semester One

14 July4

Semester Two

14 January5

Notes:

1 The final semester of enrolment depends on the start date of the thesis or research portfolio and the number of semesters (either two, three or four) in which a student is enrolled in thesis or research portfolio points before they satisfy the thesis or research portfolio points requirement.

2 These due dates provide 12 months of continuous enrolment in the thesis or research portfolio for students completing their thesis or research portfolio points enrolment in two consecutive semesters, and 18 or 24 months of continuous enrolment for other students (by enrolment in thesis or research portfolio points in three or four consecutive semesters respectively).

3 This due date occurs within the final semester of enrolment.

4 This due date is in the same year as the final semester of enrolment

5 This due date is in the year following the final semester of enrolment.

f A student enrolled in a 240 point Research Masters must complete at least 105 points of coursework prior to enrolment in the thesis or research portfolio.

g A student enrolled in a 300 point Research Masters must complete at least 180 points of coursework prior to enrolment in the thesis or research portfolio.

h A student enrolled in a 360 point Research Masters must complete at least 240 points of coursework prior to enrolment in the thesis or research portfolio.

Completion of Requirements

3 a Thesis or Research Portfolio Extension of Time

(i) If, in exceptional circumstances beyond the student’s control, a thesis or research portfolio has not been able to be completed by the due date specified in Regulation 2, Senate or its representative may, upon consideration of a student’s application and the required supporting evidence, approve a limited extension of time, not normally exceeding eight months, for the work to be completed.

(ii) If an extension is approved, a student will be enrolled in an extension course and pay tuition fees at the rate of 10 points for each two-month period or part thereof. This will only apply when the student’s current enrolment period in the thesis or research portfolio has ended.

b Dissertation/Research Essay/Research Project

(i) If, in exceptional circumstances beyond the student’s control, the dissertation or research essay or research project has not been able to be completed by the last day of the final semester or quarter of enrolment in the dissertation or research essay or research project, Senate or its representative, acting upon the recommendation of the Head of Department, may approve a limited extension of time, not exceeding two months.

(ii) If an extension is approved, a student will be enrolled in an extension course and pay tuition fees at the rate of 10 points for each two-month period or part thereof. This will only apply when the student’s current enrolment period in the dissertation or research project has ended.

c Other courses

Extensions of time to complete work in courses other than a dissertation, research essay, research portfolio, research project, or thesis will not be granted beyond the end of the semester(s) or quarter(s) of enrolment in the course.

d Failed courses

A student who has failed a course or courses totalling no more than 40 points may be approved by Senate or its representative to enrol for no more than one further consecutive semester or quarter beyond the duration of enrolment for completion specified in Regulation 2 in order to complete the degree.

Honours

4 a Where the specific degree regulations include a provision for Honours, a Masters degree may be awarded with Honours where a student’s overall grade is sufficiently high and where the student has passed a research component of at least 30 points, comprising a single identifiable course.

b There are two classes of Honours: First Class Honours and Second Class Honours. Second Class Honours are awarded in either First Division or Second Division.

c First Class Honours may be awarded where a student has achieved an overall Grade Point Average of 7.0 or higher. Second Class Honours First Division may be awarded where a student has achieved an overall Grade Point Average between and including 5.5 and 6.9. Second Class Honours Second Division may be awarded where a student has achieved an overall Grade Point Average between and including 4.0 and 5.4. The overall Grade Point Average will be rounded to one decimal place for the purpose of this Honours calculation.

Distinction or Merit

5 a Where the specific degree regulations include a provision for Distinction or Merit, and Honours has not been awarded, the Masters degree may be awarded with Distinction or Merit where a student’s grade is sufficiently high.

b Distinction may be awarded where a student has achieved an overall Grade Point Average of 7.0 or higher. Merit may be awarded where a student has achieved an overall Grade Point Average between and including 5.5 and 6.9. The overall Grade Point Average will be rounded to one decimal place for the purpose of this Honours calculation.

Theses

6 a The student is to submit one temporary-bound copy and a digital copy of their thesis to the appropriate Faculty Student Centre in accordance with Regulations 2 and 3a.

b The digital thesis shall be formatted as specified in the Guidelines for Formatting a Digital Thesis at the University of Auckland.

c The Associate Dean (Postgraduate) of the Faculty is responsible for transmitting the submitted copies to the examiners.

d Where the outcome of the examination is to award a thesis a passing grade:

(i) Within one month of being advised of the outcome of the examination, the student must complete any minor corrections required to the satisfaction of the supervisor, deposit one hard-bound copy of the thesis with the appropriate Faculty Student Centre, and deposit a digital copy of the thesis in ResearchSpace in the University Library. The Faculty Student Centre will forward the hard-bound thesis to the University Library and will confirm that the digital copy has been deposited in ResearchSpace.

(ii) The thesis deposited in digital form will be accessible to authenticated users through the University’s digital repository unless embargoed under Regulation 25 of the Examination Regulations.

e Where the outcome of the examination is to award a thesis a fail grade the thesis will not be held in the University’s Library or digital repository.

Research Portfolios

7 a The student is to submit one temporary-bound copy and a digital copy of their research portfolio to the appropriate Faculty Student Centre in accordance with Regulations 2 and 3a.

b The Associate Dean (Postgraduate) of the Faculty is responsible for transmitting the submitted copies to the examiners.

c Copies of research portfolios are not deposited in the University Library, nor deposited with the University’s digital repository.

Dissertations/Research Essays/Research Projects

8 a Dissertations, research essays and research projects are to be submitted to the supervisor or department, in accordance with Regulations 2 and 3b.

b The Academic Head is responsible for transmitting the submitted copies to the examiners.

c Copies of dissertations, research essays and research projects are not deposited in the University Library, nor deposited with the University’s digital repository.

Substitutions and Failed Courses

9 Masters students may not change their enrolment in a course after the last date approved for deletions, except in exceptional circumstances as provided for in the Enrolment and Programme Regulations under Changes to Current Enrolment.

10 A Masters student may not normally re-enrol in a failed course except as provided for in the regulations relating to aegrotat and compassionate passes. In exceptional circumstances, the student may apply to Senate or its representative, on the recommendation of the Head of Department, for permission to re-enrol in the course.

11 Calculation of the overall grade will include the grades given for all courses attempted in the degree. For the purposes of grade or mark calculation, Withdrawal, Did Not Sit and Did Not Complete will count as zero.

Suspension

12 In exceptional circumstances Senate or its representative, on the recommendation of the Head of Department, may grant a period of suspension from enrolment not normally exceeding one year for enrolment in a thesis or research portfolio or two consecutive semesters, or four quarters, for enrolment in other courses. In such cases the period of suspension will not count towards the time limits for the degree.

Transfer Credits, Cross-credits and Reassignments

13 a Transfer credits

(i) Transfer credits may be awarded for a Taught Masters degree or the taught component of a Research Masters degree with a total points value of more than 120 points as specified in Regulations 2e and 2f(i) of the Credit Regulations.

(ii) Except as provided for in Regulations 2e and 2f(ii) of the Credit Regulations, transfer credits may not be awarded for a Research Masters degree.

b Cross-credits

Courses may not be cross-credited into or from a Masters degree.

c Reassignments

With the approval of the Head of Department, courses may be reassigned as specified in Regulation 9 of the Credit Regulations.

Certificate of Proficiency

14 a The Certificate of Proficiency regulations under ‘Other Programmes’ apply.

b A course passed for a Certificate of Proficiency may be reassigned to a Taught Masters degree, or the taught component of a Research Masters degree with a total points value of more than 120 points as specified in Regulation 9 of the Credit Regulations.

c A course passed for a Certificate of Proficiency may not be reassigned to a Research Masters degree except as specified in 15b above.

Transitional Certificate

15 The Transitional Certificate regulations under ‘Other Programmes’ apply. A Transitional Certificate course may not be reassigned to a Masters degree.

Reviews of Examination of Thesis or Research Portfolio

16 a If a student believes that, in the examination of their thesis or research portfolio, they have been significantly disadvantaged by the examination process, or any part of the examination process, then they may request a review of the decision. An application for review must be made to the Associate Dean (Postgraduate) or nominee of the faculty, and must clearly set out the grounds for the review. All relevant documents relied upon must be submitted with the application for review.

b Any application for review as to the examinations process or outcome must be lodged within three months of the result of the examination being officially communicated to the student.

c The Associate Dean (Postgraduate) or nominee will investigate the matter and will provide the Dean of Graduate Studies with a written report within two weeks of the student’s application. Following receipt of the report the Dean of Graduate Studies will make the final decision.

Reviews of Extensions and Suspensions

17 a If an extension or suspension application is declined, the student may make an application for a review of that decision. An application for review must be made in writing to the Associate Dean (Postgraduate) or nominee of the faculty within three months of the decline being officially communicated to the student. The application must clearly set out the grounds for the review, and all relevant documents relied upon must be submitted with the application for review.

b The Associate Dean (Postgraduate) or nominee will investigate the application for review and provide the Dean of Graduate Studies with a written report within two weeks of the student’s application. Following receipt of the report the Dean of Graduate Studies will make the final decision.

c Where the Dean of Graduate Studies has permitted a student to suspend or extend a course following a review and has provided that decision to the student, any tuition fees that are incurred as a result of the decision, as determined by Regulation 3a or b, must be paid.

Variations

18 In exceptional circumstances Senate or its representative may approve a personal programme which does not conform to the regulations for a Masters degree.

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