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Division of Sciences masters’ degrees

Master of Applied Science (MAppSc)

The Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) is a 180-point, coursework postgraduate degree. A candidate would normally be a graduate, but the degree is also open to those with other relevant qualifications. The MAppSc is designed for students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary programme of study underpinned by science that delivers versatile skills relevant to multiple end-users.

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Master of Dance Studies (MDanceSt)

The Master of Dance Studies (MDanceSt) is a one-year degree encompassing both dance coursework and research. Students undertaking a Master of Dance Studies should have extensive career experience in a specific dance profession, such as teaching or choreography, that will be directly related to their study.

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Master of Dietetics (MDiet)

The Master of Dietetics (MDiet) is an academic and professional dietetic training course which prepares graduates to work as dietitians in New Zealand and overseas. The degree encompasses specialist papers in clinical nutrition, public health, food service, professional skills, research thesis preparation, a block placement and a research project over the two years of the degree.

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Master of Science (MSc)

The Master of Science (MSc) is a two-year degree which encompasses both coursework and research. The first year primarily involves coursework and preliminary research preparation. The second year focuses on research, affording MSc students the opportunity to contribute to existing fields of research, or to begin to develop new areas.

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Master of Science Communication (MSciComm)

The Master of Science Communication (MSciComm) is a two-year degree and is available with three endorsements: Creative Non-Fiction Writing in Science, Science and Natural History Filmmaking, and Science in Society. Students in each endorsement produce a thesis comprising a creative component (e.g. book, film, exhibition, etc.) and original research.

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Master of Sport Development and Management (MSpDM)

The Master of Sport Development and Management (MSpDM) is designed for individuals who are employed in Sport Development and Management and want to upskill for professional development reasons. It is also intended as a pathway for those students graduating with a BSc or BA majoring in Sport Management and Development (or comparable qualification) into employment in the field.

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Master of Surveying (MSurv)

The Master of Surveying (MSurv) is a one- or two-year that is designed for those with an undergraduate degree in surveying. Applicants with a strong academic record, possibly evidenced by an Honours degree, may be permitted to complete the degree in one year by thesis only. Other applicants will generally be required to undertake a year of coursework followed by a thesis year, although the course work requirements may be reduced in certain cases.

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Master of Wildlife Management (MWLM)

The Master of Wildlife Management (MWLM) is, typically, a fifteen month degree. The MWLM is designed to be a more clearly recognisable qualification for students enrolling from overseas, or for students seeking to work overseas. The longer timeframe and compulsory research placement offers valuable practical experience within the professional wildlife management community.

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Subject areas for Master of Science (MSc) and Master of Applied Science (MAppSc)

The following table demonstrates the subject areas available under the Master of Science and Master of Applied Science degrees. Students wishing to enrol are encouraged to make contact with individual departments and potential supervisors prior to enrolling.

Subject/major MSc MAppSc
Anatomy Papers and thesis not offered
Applied Geology not offered Papers and APPS 597
Biochemistry Papers and thesis not offered
Bioengineering Papers and thesis Papers and APPS 597
Botany Papers and thesis not offered
Chemistry Papers and thesis not offered
Clothing and Textile Sciences Papers and thesis Papers and APPS 597
Cognitive Science Papers and thesis Not offered
Computational modelling Papers and thesis Papers and APPS 597 or 598
Computer Science Papers and thesis Papers and APPS 597
Consumer Food Science Papers and thesis Papers and APPS 597 or 598
Creative Non-Fiction Writing in Science Available under the MSciComm, See MSciComm regulations Papers and one of APPS 596, 597 or 598
Ecology Papers and thesis Not offered
Economics Papers and thesis Not offered
Electronics Papers and thesis Papers and APPS 597 or 598
Energy Studies Papers and thesis Not offered
Environmental Management Papers and thesis Papers and APPS597
Environmental Science Papers and thesis Not offered
Food Science Papers and thesis Not offered
Genetics Papers and thesis not offered
Geographic Information Systems Papers and thesis Papers and APPS597 or 598
Geography Papers and thesis Not offered
Geology Papers and thesis Not offered
Geophysics Papers and thesis Not offered
Human Nutrition Papers and thesis Not offered
Immunology Papers and thesis Not offered
Information Science Papers and thesis Not offered
Marine Science Papers and thesis Not offered
Mathematics Papers and thesis Not offered
Microbiology Papers and thesis Papers and APPS597 or 598
Molecular Biotechnology Not offered Papers and APPS597 or 598
Neuroscience Papers and thesis Not offered
Pharmacology Papers and thesis Not offered
Physics Papers and thesis Not offered
Physiology Papers and thesis Not offered
Plant Biotechnology Papers and thesis Papers and APPS597
Psychology Papers and thesis Not offered
Quantitative Genetics Not offered Papers and APPS 597 or 598
Science and Natural History Filmmaking Available under the MSciComm, See MSciComm regulations Papers and APPS 597
Science Communication Available under the MSciComm, See MSciComm regulations Papers and APPS 597
Science in Society Available under the MSciComm, See MSciComm regulations Papers and APPS 597
Science Innovation and Enterprise Not offered Papers and APPS 596, 597 or 598
Software Engineering not offered Papers and APPS 597 or 598
Sport and Exercise Nutrition Not offered Papers and APPS 596, 597 or 598
Statistics Papers and thesis Not offered
Surveying Papers and thesis not offered
Telecommunications Not offered Papers and APPS597 or 598
Toxicology Papers and thesis Not offered
Wildlife Management Papers and thesis Not offered
Zoology Papers and thesis not offered

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