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Master of Applied Science (MAppSc)

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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. Optional paths are available that emphasise commercialisation, workplace-based projects or independent study.
Optional papers for particular interests

The MAppSc can be completed in 12 months or in stages, providing flexibility for recent graduates and those currently employed.


Regulations for the Degree of Master of Applied Science (MAppSc)

  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 shall have fulfilled one of the following conditions:
      1. be a graduate and have achieved an average grade of at least B in the relevant 300-level papers;
      2. have obtained a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science with an average grade of at least B;
      3. have equivalent 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. Subjects of Study

    The degree may be awarded in any of the subjects for the degree of Master of Applied Science listed in Science Schedule D. With the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences), the degree may be awarded in a subject not listed in Science Schedule D.

  3. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study
      1. shall consist of approved papers at 400-level or higher worth at least 180 points, selected from the papers specified in Science Schedule D for the Master of Applied Science subject concerned, and including at least one of APPS 596-598.
      2. shall normally include papers from more than one subject and at least one of the approved 400-level papers that shall be amongst the first papers taken in the programme of study.
      3. may, with the approval of the Head of Department or Course Director concerned, include papers worth up to 60 points from 400- and 500-level papers other than those specified in Schedule D.
    2. A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science shall be exempted from those papers in the programme for the degree which have previously been passed for the certificate or diploma.

  4. Duration of the Programme

    The programme can be taken by full-time candidates in one year (twelve months), or by part-time candidates over more than one year.

  5. Examination

    1. Every report for APPS 596, APPS 597, or APPS 598,  shall be assessed by at least two examiners and be subject to the overview of the external assessor for the supervising department.
    2. The candidate's supervisor for any of APPS 596, APPS 597, or APPS 598 shall not be an examiner but may make a report on the work of the candidate to the Course Director concerned
  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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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2024 Calendar and supplementary material.

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