Regulations for the Degree of Master of Media and Creative Technologies (MMCT)

  1. The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations apply in these regulations.


  1. Candidates for the Degree must have
    1. qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies of the University of Waikato with at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
    2. satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the Degree, including through submission of a portfolio of previous work, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.
  2. In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit and relevant experience, candidates who do not meet the requirements of section 2 of these regulations may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying papers the Academic Board may prescribe which must be completed either prior to or concurrently.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. The normal minimum period of enrolment for completion of the Degree is one calendar year or one and a half academic years.
  2. Candidates must enrol in the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences and follow an approved programme of study.
  3. Candidates must gain 180 points at 500 level or above.
  4. Candidates must gain at least 60 points from one of the following subjects, including any compulsory papers prescribed in the relevant subject entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers:
    1. Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences subjects
      Screen and Media Studies
  5. Candidates must enrol in 180 points at 500 level or above, including a creative research thesis equivalent to 90 points and a theory paper equivalent to 30 points, as prescribed for the Degree in the Screen and Media Studies entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers, including any compulsory papers listed in the relevant subject entry.
  6. Candidates may take up to 30 points from outside the field of the Degree.
  7. The field of the Degree comprises all the subjects listed in section 7 of these regulations.
  8. If a candidate fails a paper or papers (worth not more than 30 points in total), they may repeat the paper or papers or take an alternative paper or papers with the same total points value on one occasion only. A candidate who fails a paper or papers worth more than 30 points in total will not be permitted to proceed with the Degree.

Examination of thesis (90 points and above)

  1. The University will appoint two examiners for the candidate's thesis; one examiner external to the University and active in the research field of the thesis; and one examiner internal to the University, with a good grounding in the research field, who is not directly connected to the candidate, or the candidate’s thesis research or supervision.

Award of Honours

  1. The Degree may be awarded with
    1. First Class Honours, or
    2. Second Class Honours (first division), or
    3. Second Class Honours (second division), or
      or without honours.
  2. Except with the approval of the Academic Board, the level of honours will be calculated on the basis of the grades of the first 180 points completed by the candidate while enrolled for the Degree.


  1. The Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Division or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.