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The Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) degree is a research-based postgraduate degree in a topic applicable to Applied Science. A candidate would normally have completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) degree in a related subject area before undertaking the MAppSc, but the degree is also open to those with other relevant qualifications.
The MAppSc is designed for students who wish to pursue research that integrates science and technology, with business and/or economic implications.
Students who have a relevant Honours degree or postgraduate diploma can complete the degree by thesis only (minimum of one year). For those who have a three-year Bachelor's degree, some coursework will be required and the programme is likely to take a minimum of two years to complete.
The degree of Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) may be awarded in any of the subjects listed below:
- Applied Geology
- Clothing and Textile Sciences
- Computational Modelling
- Consumer Food Science
- Design for Technology
- Energy Management
- Environmental Management
- Food Innovation
- Geographic Information Systems
- Software and Knowledge Engineering
Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Applied Geology
Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Bioengineering
Master of Applied Sciences (MAppSc) in Clothing and Textile Sciences
Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Computational Modelling
Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Consumer Food Science
Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Energy Management
Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Environmental Management
Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Food Innovation
Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Geographic Information Systems
Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Software and Knowledge Engineering
Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Telecommunications
Regulations for the Degree of Master of Applied Science (MAppSc)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
- Every applicant must either:
- be a graduate, or
- have equivalent alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
- In considering an applicant's qualifications, regard will be had to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant's performance in the programme.
Structure of the Programme
- The degree may be awarded in any of the subjects listed in the MAppSc Schedule. With the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) the degree may be awarded in a subject not listed in the MAppSc Schedule.
- The programme of study shall be as prescribed for the subject concerned in the MAppSc Schedule.
- A candidate whose qualification for entry to the programme is the degree of Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours or the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science or equivalent may achieve the degree in a minimum of one year of further study, normally by completing a thesis or equivalent as prescribed in the MAppSc Schedule.
- A candidate may be exempted from some of the required papers prescribed in the MAppSc Schedule on the basis of previous study.
- A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in a thesis or research report, secure the approval of the Head of the Department concerned for the topic, the supervisor(s), and the proposed course of the investigation.
- A candidate may not present a thesis or research report which has previously been accepted for another degree.
- A candidate taking the degree by papers and thesis or research report must pass both the papers and the thesis or research report components.
- For a thesis, the research should be of a kind that a diligent and competent student should complete within one year of full-time study.
Duration of the Programme
A candidate achieving the degree by papers and a thesis or research report shall normally follow a programme for the equivalent of not less than two years of full-time study and not more than three years of full-time study, and a candidate achieving the degree by thesis alone shall normally follow a programme of study for the equivalent of not less than one year of full-time study and not more than two years of full-time study. Exceptions shall be permitted only with the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
Withdrawal from the Programme
- A candidate undertaking both papers and thesis whose paper results are not satisfactory, as defined by the department or subject area concerned, shall be required to withdraw from the programme.
- Where a candidate withdraws from the programme, whether voluntarily or otherwise, after completing the prescribed papers, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may recommend the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science or determine which papers shall be credited towards the diploma.
Examination of the Thesis or Research Report
- The thesis or research report shall be assessed by at least two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.
- The candidate's supervisor shall not be an examiner but may make a report on the work of the candidate to the Programme Director concerned.
- Each examiner shall supply a written report on the thesis or research report and recommend a mark and grade on the basis of the thesis or research report as submitted, and an overall result selected from the options as specified in clause (d) below.
- The examiners may recommend that a thesis or research report:
- be accepted without amendments;
- be accepted subject to amendments being made at the discretion, and to the satisfaction, of the Programme Director concerned;
- does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, but may be revised and resubmitted for examination;
- does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, and should be rejected without right of resubmission.
- Amendments (regulation 5(d)(ii)) and revisions (regulation 5(d)(iii)) shall be completed by a specified date to be determined by the Programme Director concerned.
- A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit a thesis or research report for examination once only.
- If a revised and resubmitted thesis or research report is finally accepted, the result shall be either 'Pass' or 'Fail' (i.e. ungraded) and without eligibility for the award of the degree with distinction or credit.
Note: This provision applies only to students who first enrol for the degree in 2009 or subsequently.
- Where the examiners cannot agree on a result, the Programme Director concerned should so report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) or nominee who shall arrive at a decision after consulting a referee who should normally be external to the University.
Level of Award of the Degree
The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.
Note: The due date for applications for first enrolment in the programme is 10 December. Late applications will be considered.