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Master of Science (MSc)

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Overview

The Master of Science (MSc) is a two-year degree which encompasses both coursework and research. The first year involves mainly coursework and preliminary research preparation. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to existing fields of research, or to begin to develop new areas.

The MSc can be studied in any of the subjects listed below, and may be taken by a combination of coursework and thesis, or by thesis only. Students who have a Bachelor's degree will complete the MSc by papers and thesis (at least two years of full-time study). Students who have an Honours degree or postgraduate diploma can complete the degree by thesis only (minimum of one year of study).

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Subject areas

View the list of subjects offered for the Master of Science (MSc) and the Master of Applied Science (MAppSc).

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Programme Requirements

Master of Science (MSc) in Anatomy

  • ANAT 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • Four papers from:

    or other approved 400-level Science papers:

  • ANAT 5 (thesis).

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Biochemistry

  • BIOC 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • Four of:

    • BIOC 461  Research Design and Analysis in Biochemistry,
    • BIOC 462  Molecular Biology,
    • BIOC 463  Contemporary Technologies in Biochemistry,
    • BIOC 464  Applied Biochemistry;
  • Thesis: BIOC 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Bioengineering

  • BIOE 401*;

  • BIOE 495*;

  • Two further approved papers at 400-level;

  • Thesis: BIOE 5.

    * These papers are not currently offered.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Biostatistics

This subject is not offered in 2014.

  • BIOS 501*  Biostatistics Research Portfolio I
    BIOS 502*  Biostatistics Research Portfolio II
    BIOS 503*  Biostatistics Research Portfolio III
    BIOS 504*  Biostatistices Research Portfolio IV
    BIOS 511*  Clinical Trials
    STAT 411  Probability and Inference 3
    STAT 412*
    STAT 436*
    STAT 440*

  • Either HASC 411  Research Design and Evaluation, or PUBH 701  Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • Further papers from
    BIOS 505*  Biostatistics Research Portfolio V
    BIOS 506*  Biostatistics Research Portfolio VI
    HASC 415  Regression Methods: Health Science Applications
    PUBH 721  Advanced Epidemiology
    400-level STAT or other approved 400-level papers to a total of at least 240 points

     * These papers are no longer offered

    Notes:(i) Research Portfolio papers: BIOS 501-504 are compulsory; BIOS 505 and BIOS 506 are optional. BIOS 501 and BIOS 502 must be taken in the first year of study.

    (ii) An appropriate background in Statistics is required.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Botany

  • BTNY 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • Four of:

    • BTNY 461  Plant Physiology and Biotechnology,
    • BTNY 465  Plant and Environment,
    • BTNY 467  New Zealand Plant Ecology and Evolution,
    • BTNY 469  Principles of Nature Conservation,
    • BTNY 470  Special Topics;
  • Note: With the approval of the Head of Department, another 400-level paper may be substituted for one of BTNY 461-470.

  • Thesis: BTNY 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Chemistry

  • CHEM 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • Four of:

    • CHEM 461  Topics in Advanced Chemistry,
    • CHEM 462  Topics in Advanced Chemistry,
    • CHEM 463  Topics in Advanced Chemistry,
    • CHEM 464  Topics in Advanced Chemistry,
    • HAZX 401  Management of Chemical Hazards,
    • HAZX 404  Environmental Risk Assessment and Management;
  • Thesis: CHEM 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Clothing and Textile Sciences

  • CLTE 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • Four of:

    • CLTE 451  Physical Properties of Clothing and Textiles,
    • CLTE 452  Social Aspects of Clothing sand 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;
  • Thesis: CLTE 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Cognitive Science

  • COGS 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • Four of:

    • COGS 515  Special Topic,
    • INFO 411    Machine Learning and Data Mining,
    • COSC 420   Neural Networks,
    • COSC 421   Neural Models and Language,
    • COSC 422   Computational Neuroscience,
    • PSYC 464    Development of Brain and Behaviour,
    • PSYC 469    Human Information Processing,
    • PSYC 471    Cognitive Neuroscience,
    • ZOOL 412    Neurobiology and Behaviour;
  • COGS 5 (thesis).

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Computational Modelling

  • COMO 401 (this paper is not currently offered);

  • MATH 495 Masters Thesis Preparation;

  • Three further approved papers at 400-level from MATH, STAT, COSC, DETE, or ELEC;

  • Thesis: COMO 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science

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Master of Science (MSc) in Design for Technology

  • DETE 401  Research Methods;

  • DETE 402  Bioengineering Design;

  • DETE 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • Two further approved papers at 400-level;

  • Thesis: DETE 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Ecology

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Master of Science (MSc) in Economics

  • ECON 495  Econometric Methods and Thesis Preparation;

  • Four of:

    • ECON 401  Advanced Economic Theory,
    • ECON 402  Growth, Institutions and Development,
    • ECON 403  Monetary Economics,
    • ECON 404  International Economics,
    • ECON 405  The Economics of Natural Resources and Public Choice,
    • ECON 406  Labour and Population Economics,
    • ECON 407  Special Topic in Advanced Economics;
  • Thesis: ECON 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Electronics

  • At least 100 points from:

    • ELEC 411  Topics in Modern Electronics,
    • ELEC 412  Topics in Modern Electronics,
    • ELEC 413  Topics in Modern Electronics,
    • ELEC 414  Topics in Modern Electronics,
    • ELEC 415  Topics in Modern Electronics,
    • ELEC 416  Topics in Modern Electronics;
  • One of :

  • 20 further points at 400-level approved by the Programme Director:

  • Thesis: ELEC 5.
  • Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Energy Studies

  • EMAN 490  Dissertation;

  • Three 400-level EMAN papers;

  • One further paper at 400-level approved by the Programme Director;

  • Thesis: ENST 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Management

  • GEOG 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • GEOG 471  Environmental Impact Assessment;

  • GEOG 472  Developments in Environmental Management;

  • Two further approved papers at 400-level;

  • Thesis: ENVM 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Science

  • ENVS 495 (this paper is not currently offered);

  • Four 400-level papers from appropriate subjects approved by the Programme Director;

  • Thesis: ENVS 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Food Science

  • FOSC 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • Three of:

  • One further 400-level paper;

  • Thesis: FOSC 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Genetics

  • GENE 411  Current Topics in Genetics;

  • GENE 412  Current Topics in Genetics;

  • GENE 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • Two of:

    Note: With approval from the Programme Director, another 400-level paper may be substituted for one of the papers listed above.

  • Thesis: GENE 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Geographic Information Systems

  • GEOG 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • Four papers from:

    • SURV 508  Spatial Databases,
    • SURV 509  Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies,
    • SURV 510  Management Issues in Geographic Information Systems,
    • SURV 511  Spatial Analysis and Modelling,
    • SURV 512  Geovisualisation and Cartography,
    • SURV 513  Resource Mapping and Image Processing,
    • SURV 515  GIS Programming in Python, and;

  • Other 400- or 500-level papers approved by the Programme Director;

  • Thesis: GISS 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Geography

  • GEOG 495 Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • Four 400-level GEOG papers;

  • Thesis: GEOG 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

 

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Master of Science (MSc) in Geology

  • GEOL 401  Current Topics and Advanced Methods in Geoscience;

  • GEOL 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • Three other 400-level GEOL papers;

  • Thesis: GEOL 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Geophysics

  • GEOL 401 Current Topics and Advanced Methods in Geoscience;

  • GEOL 495 Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • Three other 400-level papers from GEOL, MATH, PHSI, or SURV;

  • Thesis: GEPX 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Human Nutrition

  • HUNT 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • HUNT 451  Nutritional Assessment;

  • HUNT 452  Nutrition and Human Health;

  • HUNT 453  Topics in Behavioural and Applied Nutrition;

  • HUNT 454  Nutritional Biostatistics;

  • One of:

    • HUNT 455  Special Topics,
    • NUTX 407  Advanced Sports Nutrition,
    • or another approved 400-level paper;

    Note: any two of HASC 411, HASC 413, HASC 415, or PUBH 721 may be substituted for HUNT 454

  • Thesis: HUNT 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

Further information regarding the MSc in Human Nutrition is available from the Department of Human Nutrition website.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Immunology

  • IMMU 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • MICR 461  Molecular Microbiology;

  • MICR 462  Microbiology and Immunology Research;

  • MICR 463  Trends in Microbiology;

  • MICR 464  Medical Microbiology and Immunology;

  • Thesis: IMMU 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Information Science

  • INFO 490  Dissertation;

  • Four papers from:

  • Thesis: INFO 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Marine Science

  • MARI 495 MSc Research Proposal;

  • MARI 401 Advanced Methods in Marine Science;

  • Three of:

    • AQFI 421  Advanced Aquaculture and Fisheries,
    • MARI 421  Specialist Topics in Physical Oceanography,
    • MARI 427  Marine Conservation Biology,
    • MARI 429  Coastal Marine Environment,
    • MARI 431  Antarctic Marine Biology,
    • MARI 432  Subtidal Marine Ecology,
    • MARI 433  Deep-Sea Biology,
    • MARI 451  Special Topic: Topics in Marine Biology;
    • or other approved 400-level papers

  • Thesis: MARI 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Mathematics

  • MATH 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • Four 400-level MATH papers;

  • Thesis: MATH 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Microbiology

  • MICR 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • MICR 461  Molecular Microbiology;

  • MICR 462  Microbiology and Immunology Research;

  • MICR 463  Trends in Microbiology;

  • MICR 464  Medical Microbiology and Immunology;

  • Thesis: MICR 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Neuroscience

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Master of Science (MSc) in Pharmacology

  • PHAL 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • PHAL 421  General Pharmacology and Toxicology;

  • Three of:

    • PHAL 423  Neuropharmacology,
    • PHAL 426  Clinical Pharmacology,
    • PHAL 427  Special Topic: Cancer Pharmacology,
    • PHAL 428  Current Research Literature in Toxicology,
    • PHAL 430  Advanced Topic in Pharmacology and Toxicology,
    • PHAL 431  Special Project;

  • Thesis: PHAL 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

 

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Master of Science (MSc) in Physics

  • 120 points from 400-level PHSI or MATH papers, including at least 100 PHSI points;

    Note: Only one of PHSI 480 or PHSI 490 may be included.

  • Thesis: PHSI 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Physiology

  • PHSL 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • PHSL 471  Systematic Physiology;

  • PHSL 472  Neurophysiology;

  • PHSL 473  Cellular Physiology;

  • PHSL 474  Research Topics;

  • Thesis: PHSL 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Plant Biotechnology

Papers
  • PLBI 495  Master's Thesis Preparation,

  • PLBI 401  Special Topics,

  • BTNY 461  Plant Physiology and Biotechnology,

  • BTNY 465 Plant and Environment;

  • One further approved 400-level BIOC or BTNY paper;

  • Thesis: PLBI 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology

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Master of Science (MSc) in Statistics

  • STAT 490 Dissertation;

  • Four 400-level STAT papers;

  • Thesis: STAT 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Surveying

  • 500-level SURV papers worth at least 120 points;

  • Thesis: SURV 5.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Toxicology

  • PHAL 495  Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • PHAL 421  General Pharmacology and Toxicology;

  • Three of:

    • PHAL 427  Special Topic: Cancer Pharmacology,
    • PHAL 428  Current Research Literature in Toxicology,
    • PHAL 430  Advanced Topic in Pharmacology and Toxicology;

  • Thesis: PHAL 5B.

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Wildlife Management

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Master of Science (MSc) in Zoology

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Regulations for the Degree of Master of Science (MSc)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
    2. Every applicant must either
      1. be a graduate, or
      2. have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
    3. 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

    1. 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.
    2. The programme of study shall be as prescribed for the subject concerned.
    3. A candidate whose qualification for entry to the programme is the degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours or the Postgraduate Diploma in Science or equivalent may achieve the degree after a minimum of one year of further study, normally by completing a thesis or equivalent as prescribed in the MSc Schedule.
    4. A candidate may be exempted from some of the prescribed papers on the basis of previous study.
    5. A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in a thesis, secure the approval of the Head of the Department concerned for the topic, the supervisor(s), and the proposed course of the investigation.
    6. A candidate may not present a thesis which has previously been accepted for another degree.
    7. A candidate taking the degree by papers and thesis must pass both the papers and the thesis components.
    8. 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.

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  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

    1. A candidate taking 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
    2. 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 Science or determine which papers shall be credited towards the Diploma.

  5. Examination of the Thesis

    1. The thesis shall be assessed by at least two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 specified in clause (d) below.
    4. The examiners may recommend that a thesis:
      1. be accepted without amendments;
      2. be accepted subject to amendments being made at the discretion and to the satisfaction of the Head of Department concerned;
      3. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, but may be revised and resubmitted for examination;
      4. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, and should be rejected without right of resubmission.
    5. Amendments 5(d)(ii) and revisions 5(d)(iii) shall be completed by a specified date to be determined by the Head of Department concerned.
    6. A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit a thesis for examination once only.
    7. 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 credit or distinction.
    8. 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: The due date for applications for first enrolment in the programme is 10 December. Late applications will be considered.

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