The Master of Science degree involves taught papers and a research component.
The regulations for the MSc degree are set out in the University Calendar.
The MSc degree normally requires two years of study beyond a bachelors degree, achieving 240 points at graduate level (500 level).
Students with a honours degree or a Postgraduate Diploma require just 120 points at 500 level, but are not eligible for honours.
Each department has a different programme for the MSc.
The MSc in Computer Science normally consists of taught papers in the first year, and a thesis in the second. You must achieve 240 points at 500 level, of which the thesis counts for 120 points.
The thesis must be an original work comprising a satisfactory record of research undertaken by the candidate, or a satisfactory critical survey of knowledge in the approved field of study. It must show competence in the appropriate method of research and/or an adequate knowledge of the field of study; exhibit independence of approach or presentation; be satisfactory in literary presentation; and include full and adequate reference to the literature.
Normally, to enter this programme you must have completed a Bachelors degree with a major in computer science or computer engineering, and attained grades considered by the Department to be adequate for advanced study.
The degree may be awarded with or without Honours. To be eligible for Honours, you must complete the requirements of the degree and submit your thesis in not more than two years' full-time study or the equivalent for part-time enrolment.
A dissertation worth 60 points or a thesis worth 90 or 120 points needs to be included. The dissertation/thesis is a detailed study of a particular topic, which may include original research. The normal pattern is to gain 120 points in the first year, then complete a thesis or dissertation and remaining papers in the second.
The degree may be awarded with or without honours. To be eligible for honours, you must complete the requirements of the degree and submit you thesis in not more than two years of full-time study.
The MSc degree in statistics requires two years of study beyond a BSc degree in statistics. Students need 240 points at 500 level, including a dissertation which is normally equivalent to 60 points or a thesis worth 90 or 120 points. This dissertation/thesis is typically applied research carried out under the direction of a staff member. The MSc puts you in a strong position to pursue a statistical career at a more advanced level.
This degree is intended for people who have completed a three-year BSc in computer science or computer engineering. However, if you have a Bachelors degree in a non-computing subject, and then complete the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology, you may then be accepted for study towards the MSc.
To enrol in an MSc you must have completed (or almost completed) a Bachelor's degree with a major in mathematics, and attained good enough grades for advanced study. If you have a Bachelor's degree in a non-mathematics subject, and then complete the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics, you may be accepted into an MSc.
To enrol in an MSc you must have completed a Bachelor's degree with a major in statistics.
To enrol for an MSc programme, you need to fill in a standard University of Waikato enrolment form. If you are currently a student at the University of Waikato, a personalised, pre-printed re-enrolment form will be supplied for you, complete with the necessary details of your academic record. You can collect this from the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences office during October; if you are registered in another School, ask about your form at your own School office.
If you are not a University of Waikato student, you will need a combined application and enrolment form. Any of the departments within the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences can provide this form, or you may request one from the Enrolment Office. If you need any help in filling in the required information on your prior education and experience, or are not sure what documentation you need to supply with the form, please contact the Student Information Centre.
It is helpful if you can discuss the choice of your actual programme of study -that is, the courses you are going to take and the area in which you plan to write a thesis-with the chairperson or graduate advisor (the Director of Graduate Studies in the Computer Science Department), and with the Dean of the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. We will go over your entire proposed graduate programme with you, not just the courses you plan to take in the first year. The outcome of the discussion will be recorded on a programme form, which is different from the University enrolment form. If you cannot come to the University in person, we can discuss your proposed programme by email or on the telephone.
Once your programme of study has been decided, and the Departmental programme form and the University enrolment forms are filled in, please leave them with the Dean of the School who will send your enrolment application through the appropriate University channels.
The formal deadline for applications is the beginning of December, however, we can admit suitable applicants right up to the beginning of the university year, early in March. The University can impose penalties for late enrolment so you will have to discuss your situation with the Enrolment Office if we receive your application after 1 December.