Regulations for the Degree of Master of Nursing Practice (MNursPrac)

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


  1. Candidates for the Degree must have
    1. qualified for the award of a Bachelors degree 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, or
    2. qualified for the award of the Diploma in Postgraduate Preparation – Pre-Masters of the University of Waikato with at least a B grade average, and
    3. satisfied the prerequisites for postgraduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the Degree, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board, and
    4. all applicants must follow a selection process approved by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science, or delegated authority, including a police vetting check, to ensure that they meet the criteria for admission to register as nurses as defined by the University and the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
  2. In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit or 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 two academic years.
  2. Candidates must enrol in the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science and follow an approved programme of study.
  3. Candidates must gain 240 points at 500 level.
  4. Candidates must complete the papers prescribed for the Degree in the Nursing entry of the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers, including any compulsory papers.
  5. If a candidate fails a paper or papers, they may repeat the paper on one occasion only.

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 without honours.

  1. Candidates who fail a paper will not be eligible for the award of honours.
  2. Except with the approval of the Academic Board, the level of honours will be calculated on the basis of the grades for all of the papers completed for the Degree.
  3. In order to be eligible for consideration for the award of honours, the requirements of the Degree must be completed in not more than 24 consecutive months of full-time study, or, in the case of part-time study, an equivalent period not exceeding four calendar years, from the date of first enrolment in the Degree.


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