POLICY FOR THE AWARD OF MASTERS DEGREES OTHER THAN THE MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY Approving Authority: Academic Committee Resolution 2/2006 Approval Date: 18 May 2006 Approved Document No: 2006/0003790 Review Date: 2011 Policy Adviser: Head of the Secretariat E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Description of the Policy: This policy prescribes the general conditions for the award of masters degrees other than the Master of Philosophy. In approving the establishment of a masters degree, the Academic Committee approves specific rules pertaining to the conduct of that masters degree program which shall be consistent with, and operate in conjunction with, the provisions below. Related Policies, Procedures & Forms: Credit Transfer Policy Guidelines for Undertaking a Dissertation in Honours and Masters by Coursework Programs Guidelines on the Classification of Programs as Research Higher Degrees Structure and Requirements of Degrees Awarded by Griffith University Admission Policy for Postgraduate Programs Policy on the Use of Undergraduate Courses in Postgraduate Programs Bachelors Honours Degree Policy This document is available in Word format for downloading. Click here to download this document. [Entry Requirements] [Length of Program] [Content of Program] [Research Component] [Masters Degrees by Research] [Masters Degrees with Honours] [Honours Weighted Average] [Standard Cut-Offs for Honours Classifications] [Credit] [Conferring of Degrees] 1.0 Entry Requirements The entry requirements for a masters degree program shall be as approved by the Academic Committee. The entry requirements and admissions procedures for masters degrees other than the Master of Philosophy are specified in the Admission Policy for Postgraduate Programs (98/0899). 2.0 Length of Program The length of a masters degree program shall be approved by the Academic Committee and shall be between one and two years of full-time study or the part-time equivalent. In considering the length of a program, the Academic Committee will give due regard to the aims of the program, the characteristics of the students who will enter the program and, where applicable, professional accreditation requirements and, the length of similar programs in other institutions. 3.0 Content of Program The program of study for a masters degree shall be that approved by the Academic Committee on the recommendation of Programs Committee and the relevant Faculty Board. The requirements for a masters degree may include a requirement for a dissertation, research report or a creative work project in the visual or performing arts. The program of study for a masters degree may include a coursework component, with 20 credit points being taken as the guide for the minimum amount of coursework. A masters degree may include various entry and exit points, with the exit points leading to other related postgraduate awards, such as Graduate Certificate and/or Graduate Diploma, or extension exit points leading to Masters with Honours and/or Masters Advanced. The Academic Committee, on the recommendation of Programs Committee and the relevant Faculty Board, approves: the set of programs and awards related to the masters degree (nested programs); the requirements for entry, for exit and for transfer between the related programs; any requirement for students to attain a specific standard in a part of the program in order to proceed to the remainder of the program, and the qualification to be awarded where students do not attain the specified standard. 4.0 Research Component Where a masters degree program includes the requirement for a dissertation, research report or, in the case of the visual or performing arts, creative work project, the Program Convenor shall be responsible for providing detailed advice to students admitted to the masters program concerning the process for the approval of the research proposal and the appointment of supervisors; the time period over which the student will undertake the research; the requirements for submission and examination; and the standard of scholarship to be manifest in the dissertation or creative work. This advice shall be consistent with the University’s guidelines for managing research projects/dissertations. Where the dissertation, research report or, in the case of the visual or performing arts, creative work project is worth 30CP or more, the processes relating to supervision, thesis examination and assessment set out in the Bachelors Honours Degree Policy shall apply wherever applicable. The Program Convenor is responsible for: approving the research topic for each student; approving the supervisor(s) in consultation with the Head of School; recommending on the advice of the supervisor(s) the dissertation examiners to the Dean for approval; recommending the marks and grade for each student in research courses to the Faculty Assessment Board for approval. The Program Convenor shall provide the individual examiners marks to support the recommendation; where there is a discrepancy between the marks of examiners of at least 10 marks, recommending to the Dean the process to resolve the discrepancy; where relevant, recommending Honours classifications to the Dean for approval. 5.0 Masters Degrees by Research A masters degree containing more than 66% of the program content in the form of research may be classified as a research higher degree. (Refer to Guidelines on the Classification of Programs as Research Higher Degrees for details of what activities may be included in the calculation of the research component of the program) 6.0 Masters Degrees with Honours A Masters degree may be awarded with honours. To be awarded the Master degree with Honours, the student must have successfully completed at least 120 CP, must have satisfied all the requirements for the Masters degree and shall have successfully completed a dissertation, research report or creative work worth at least 40 CP. The degree with honours is normally awarded in classes – Class I, Class IIA, Class IIB, and Class III. Unsuccessful candidates will not be awarded the Masters degree with Honours, but will only be awarded the Masters degree. The class of honours degree to be awarded each candidate will be determined by the Dean on the recommendation of the Program Convenor on the basis of the Honours Weighted Average and the standard cut-offs as described below: 6.1 Honours Weighted Average The Honours Weighted Average (HWA) is determined by combining the percentage mark awarded for each coursework course and the Honours research dissertation course with their respective credit point value, as follows: HWA = (P x CP) where = the sum of (CP) P = percentage mark in each course CP = credit point value of each course The Dissertation HWA is calculated by the same method, incorporating only the Honours research dissertation course(s). Only the first attempt in a course in a Master with Honours program shall contribute towards the calculation of the Honours Weighted Average. 6.2 Standard Cut-Offs for Honours Classifications Class of I IIA IIB III Honours Overall 80% - 100% 70% - 79.9% 60% - 69.9% 50% - 59.9% HWA Range Minimum Dissertation 80% 70% 60% 50% HWA In order to be awarded the Masters degree with Honours, the candidate must successfully complete the required credit points to fulfill the requirements for the Masters with Honours degree, as well as achieving the HWA for the classification. 7.0 Credit In masters programs which are more than one year (80CP) in length, credit (specified and unspecified) may be granted on the basis of study previously completed, but at least 80CP of work must be completed by study of courses within the masters degree. In masters programs which are one year (80CP) in length, a maximum of 20CP of credit may be granted. Credit is based on formal coursework which is equivalent in content and standard to the courses in the masters program. Credit may be granted where a student has extensive professional experience such that the student can demonstrate outcomes which satisfy the Program Convenor that the student has effectively achieved the learning outcomes of the course. Credit may not be granted for any dissertation or research component. Alternative coursework may be substituted in order to achieve the requirements for the masters degree. Courses undertaken in programs within the University which formally articulate with the masters degree may be counted towards satisfying the requirements of the masters degree. These arrangements are not limited by the restrictions on the amount of credit which may be granted as set out above. 9.0 Conferring of Degrees When the student has completed all academic requirements for the degree, the Dean, on the recommendation of the Program Convenor, certifies that the student has completed all degree requirements and recommends that the award be conferred. Where the student has completed the requirements for the award of the degree with Honours, the Dean approves the Honours classification on the recommendation of the Program Convenor.