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Master of Consumer and Applied Sciences (MCApSc)

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Note: No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme. For advice on alternative study options, please consult the relevant department and/or the Applied Science Programme Administrator: appsprogramme@otago.ac.nz.

Overview

The Master of Consumer and Applied Sciences (MCApSc) is a two-year degree that builds on a BCApSc degree. The MCApSc degree encompasses both coursework and research. The MCApSc degree can be obtained in Clothing and Textile Sciences, Design Studies, Consumer Food Science, Human Nutrition, and Human Services. Students who have a Bachelor's degree will complete the MCApSc by papers and thesis (at least two years of full-time study). Students who have a BCApSc(Hons) degree or a PGDipCApSc can complete the degree by thesis only (minimum of one year of study).

Note: No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme. For advice on alternative study options, please consult the relevant department and/or the Applied Science Programme Administrator: appsprogramme@otago.ac.nz.

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Subject Areas

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Programme Requirements

Master of Consumer and Applied Sciences (MCApSc) in Clothing and Textile Sciences*

Note: No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme. For advice on alternative study options, please consult the relevant department and/or the Applied Science Programme Administrator: appsprogramme@otago.ac.nz.

  • CLTE 495  Master's Thesis Preparation; and

  • Four of
    CLTE 451  Physical Properties of Clothing and Textiles,
    CLTE 452  Social Aspects of Clothing and Textiles,
    CLTE 453  Research Methods,
    CLTE 454  Clothing, Materials and Workplace Injury,
    CLTE 455  Topic in Advanced Clothing and Textile Sciences,
    CLTE 460.  Cooperative Education Programme; and

  • CLTE 5 (thesis)

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Master of Consumer and Applied Sciences (MCApSc) in Consumer Food Science*

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  • FOSC 495   Master's Thesis Preparation; and

  • Four approved 400-level FOSC papers; and

  • FOSC 5 (thesis).

    Note: With approval from the Head of the Department of Food Science, one 400-level paper from another relevant subject may be substituted for one 400-level FOSC paper

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Master of Consumer and Applied Sciences (MCApSc) in Design Studies*

Note: No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme. For advice on alternative study options, please consult the relevant department and/or the Applied Science Programme Administrator: appsprogramme@otago.ac.nz.

  • DESI 495 Master's Thesis Preparation,
    DESI 419 Strategic Design,
    DESI 429  Special Topic in Design Studies,
    DESI 433 Interdisciplinary Design Studio,
    DESI 436 Design Collaboration; and

  • DESI 5 (thesis)

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Master of Consumer and Applied Sciences (MCApSc) in Human Nutrition*

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  • HUNT 495  Master's Thesis Preparation,
    HUNT 451  Nutritional Assessment, ,
    HUNT 452  Nutrition and Human Health,
    HUNT 453  Community and Public Health Nutrition
    HUNT 454  Nutritional Biostatistics; and

  • One paper from HUNT 455  Special Topics, NUTX 407  Advanced Sports Nutrition, and other approved 400-level papers

  • Note: Any two of
    HASC 411  Research Design and Evaluation,
    HASC 413  Biostatistics,
    HASC 415  Regression Methods: Health Science Applications,
    PUBH 721  Advanced Epidemiology, may be substituted for HUNT 454.

  • HUNT 5 (thesis)

Note: Students accepted into the programme with an honours degree or postgraduate diploma are required to take and pass an approved 400-level paper in biostatistics if they have not previously done so.

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Master of Consumer and Applied Sciences (MCApSc) in Human Services*

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  • COMF 495; and

  • At least 96 points from
    SOWK 402  Social Work for Children and Families:Advanced Practice,
    SOWK 403  Communities and Organisations - Advanced Practice,
    SOWX 615  Iwi Social Services 1 - Contextual Issues,
    SOWX 616  Iwi Social Services 2 - Development and Facilitation,
    SOWX 617  Social Policy Development,
    SOWX 620  Social Services Research and Evaluation,
    SOWX 621  Advanced Studies Special Topic,
    SOWX 622  Advanced Studies Special Topic; and

  • COMF 5 (thesis)

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Regulations for the Degree of Master of Consumer and Applied Sciences (MCApSc)

1 Admission to the Programme

(a) Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).

(b) Every applicant must either

(i) be a graduate, or

(ii) have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).

(c) 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.

2 Structure of the Programme

(a) The degree may be awarded in any of the subjects listed above. With the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) the degree may be awarded in a subject not listed above.

(b) The programme of study shall be as prescribed for the subject concerned.

(c) A candidate whose qualification for entry to the programme is the degree of Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences with Honours or the Postgraduate Diploma in Consumer and Applied Sciences or equivalent may achieve the degree by completing a thesis alone.

(d) A candidate may be exempted from some of the required papers on the basis of previous study.

(e) A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the thesis, secure the approval of the Head of the Department concerned for the topic, the supervisor(s), and the proposed course of the investigation.

(f) A candidate may not present a thesis which has previously been accepted for another degree.

(g) A candidate taking the degree by papers and thesis must pass both the papers and thesis components.

(h) For the thesis, the research should be of a kind that a diligent and competent student should complete within one year of full-time study.

3 Duration of the Programme

A candidate achieving the degree by papers and a thesis 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).

4 Withdrawal from the Programme

Where a candidate withdraws from the programme after completing the prescribed papers the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may recommend the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Consumer and Applied Sciences or determine which papers shall be credited towards the diploma.

5 Examination of the Thesis

(a) The thesis shall be assessed by at least two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.

(b) The candidate's supervisor shall not be an examiner but may make a report on the work of the candidate to the Head of Department concerned.

(c) Each examiner shall supply a written report on the thesis and recommend a mark and grade on the basis of the thesis as submitted, and an overall result selected from the options as specified in clause (d) below.

(d) The examiners may recommend that a thesis:

(i) be accepted without amendments;

(ii) be accepted subject to amendments being made at the discretion, and to the satisfaction, of the Head of Department concerned;

(iii) does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, but may be revised and resubmitted for examination;

(iv) does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, and should be rejected without right of submission.

(e) Amendments (regulation 5(d)(ii)) and revisions (regulation 5(d)(iii)) shall be completed by a specified date to be determined by the Head of Department concerned.

(f) A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit a thesis for examination once only.

(g) If a revised and resubmitted thesis 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.

(h) Where examiners cannot agree on a result, the Head of Department 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.

6 Level of Award of the Degree

The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

7 Variations

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

Note: No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme. For advice on alternative study options, please consult the relevant department and/or the Applied Science Programme Administrator (appsprogramme@otago.ac.nz).

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