SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE AND SPECIFIC PROGRAMME REGULATIONS

Professor and Acting Dean W. Davidson

Professor and Acting Associate Dean M. Whitmore

Tuition leading to this degree is offered at present in Applied Social Psychology, Aquaculture, Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Computational Science, Computer Science, Earth Sciences (Geology), Earth Sciences (Geophysics), Environmental Science, Food Science, Geography, Mathematics and Statistics, Medicine, Physics and Physical Oceanography, Psychology, Toxicology. Interdisciplinary studies are encouraged; applicants should consult the academic unit concerned.

A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

B) PROGRAMME OF STUDY AND RESEARCH

C) EVALUATION

D) THESIS

SPECIFIC PROGRAMME REGULATIONS


A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

1. Admission is limited and competitive. To be considered for admission an applicant will normally hold at least a high second class Honours degree, or an M.D. degree, or the equivalent of either, both in achievement and depth of study, from an institution recognized by the Senate, and shall have knowledge of the proposed field of specialization satisfactory to the Dean.

2. Any other applicant may be considered for admission provided that:

a) the applicant's undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least Grade B in courses in the proposed field of specialization.
b) the applicant's overall undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least Grade B in all courses taken.

In addition, an applicant may be required to demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of the proposed field of study in an examination administered by the academic unit concerned.

3. Only in exceptional circumstances, and only on the recommendation of the academic unit concerned, will the Dean consider applicants who do not meet these requirements of Section 2.

4. Applicants who do not possess the prerequisite academic qualifications should consult the appropriate academic unit about a programme of further undergraduate courses. Such a programme will be intended to raise their qualifications to a level considered academically equivalent to Honours. Such courses may not be used to fulfill the regulation course requirements of the M.Sc. degree.

5. A high degree of literacy in English is required of all graduate students in the University.

NOTE: Some Departments have specific regulations in addition to those outlined above, and prospective applicants are advised to turn to the relevant part of this Calendar and acquaint themselves with the regulations of the Department or appropriate academic unit in which they are interested.

B) PROGRAMME OF STUDY AND RESEARCH

1.  The programme of study for the Master of Science degree shall consist of the successful completion of a programme of courses and, in accordance with the specific programme regulations, either of a thesis embodying original research or of a project and report.

2. Every candidate shall read at least six credit hours in graduate programme courses in one subject or in closely related subjects, and such other courses as may be required in an individual programme. Undergraduate courses may, if necessary, be included as additional courses.

3. Where departmental regulations require more than the minimum number of credit hours, the Dean, on the recommendation of the appropriate academic unit, may waive in part the credit hour requirements for a Master's degree, provided that no student may take less than the six required credit hours in graduate programme courses.

4. Students may, with the approval of the Dean, augment their studies with six credit hours in other courses of their choice. The grading system in non-programme courses shall be that appropriate to the particular course, and the final grades in these courses will be recorded on the student's transcripts. However, passing grades are not required in these non-programme courses in order to continue in graduate studies or obtain a Master's degree. (See General Regulation G.2.)

5. Every candidate shall submit a thesis or report on an approved subject in which systematic research has been conducted under the direction of a Supervisor recommended by the academic unit concerned and approved by the Dean. The candidate may be required to take an oral examination.

6. The programme of courses, the thesis or report topic and the Supervisor, and all changes in these, must be approved by the Dean.

C) EVALUATION

1. In order to continue in the School of Graduate Studies and in order to qualify for a Master's degree, a candidate shall obtain an A or B grade in each programme course. (See General Regulation G.2.)

2. When it has been determined, on the basis of consultation with the candidate, the instructors in graduate courses, and the thesis or report Supervisor, that a candidate's work has fallen below a satisfactory level, the Supervisor or the Head of the appropriate academic unit may recommend to the Dean that such a candidate be required to withdraw from the programme.

D) THESIS

See GENERAL REGULATION J. THESES AND REPORTS

E) NOTE: Every candidate in graduate studies shall comply with the GENERAL REGULATIONS, the degree regulations and any additional requirements of the appropriate academic unit.


SPECIFIC PROGRAMME REGULATIONS

Applied Social Psychology (Co-operative) Requirements and Courses

Aquaculture

Biochemistry Requirements and Courses

Biology Requirements and Courses (includes Marine Biology)

Biopsychology Requirements and Courses

Chemistry Requirements and Courses

Computational Science Requirements and Courses

Computer Science Requirements and Courses

Earth Sciences Requirements and Courses

Environmental Science and Courses

Geography Requirements and Courses

Mathematics and Statistics Requirements and Courses

Medicine Requirements and Courses (includes Graduate Diploma)

Physics and Physical Oceanography Requirements and Courses

Psychology Requirements and Courses

Toxicology Requirements and Courses


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