(1) As a higher education provider authorised to self-accredit, the University of Newcastle ( (2) This Schedule supports the implementation of the Awards and Graduation Policy and Governance Rule. The Governance Rule describes each type of qualification offered by the (3) Within the Schedule the general (4) In the event of an inconsistency between subordinate policy documents and any Rule(s) or Schedule to the Rule(s), the Rule(s) made by (5) 2N+2 where N is equal to the notional duration identified by the (6) To provide for exceptional circumstances arising in any particular case, the President of (7) The President of the
Masters Degree (Extended) - Awards and Programs Schedule
Section 1 - Introduction
Section 2 - Principles and Program Structures
Model: Masters Degree (Extended)
Volume of Learning
240 units typically completed in three years of full-time study or equivalent ensuring that the
The Masters Degree (Extended) is a
Principles and Structure
i) includes a
ii) has been designed to ensure that the
iii) requires the completion of:
a) at least 160
b) no more than 60
c) no more than 20
iv) is structured to require the development of advanced:
b) discipline specific knowledge through the completion of at least 50
c) practice – related learning developed in collaboration with a relevant professional, statutory or regulatory body.
Admission and selection criteria
i) be appropriate for this AQF Level and its required
ii) take into account external benchmarks;
iii) ensure that successful
a) adequate prior knowledge and skills to complete the program successfully; and
b) completed an AQF compliant Bachelor degree (or equivalent) from an Australian institution or recognised overseas institution;
iv) include special admission procedures to support access and equity targets; and
v) establish English language entry requirements to ensure that
i) prior completion of an approved level 7 or level 8 degree, (recognised under Pathways – nested or integrated qualifications in this table); and/or
ii) prior completion of such other work as prescribed by the
iii) completion of interviews, auditions or portfolios; and/or
iv) possession of such other qualifications, or professional experience, or other relevant attributes that are required to ensure successful completion.
Any approved compulsory
Graduate Learning Outcomes
i) fundamental skills, such as literacy and numeracy appropriate to the Level 9 Masters Degree (Extended) including English language proficiency;
ii) people skills, such as working with others and communication skills;
iii) thinking skills, such as learning to learn, decision making and problem solving; and
iv) personal skills such as self direction and acting with integrity.
i) a body of knowledge that includes the extended understanding of recent developments in a discipline and its professional practice; and
ii) knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the discipline and its professional practice.
i) cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice;
ii) cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice;
iii) cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level;
iv) communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and
v) technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice.
iii Application of Knowledge and Skills
i) with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning;
ii) with high level personal autonomy and accountability; and
iii) to plan and execute a substantial research-based project,
Qualification for the Award
Completion of a Masters Degree totalling a volume of learning that is typically equivalent to 3 - 4 years.
Grading of the Award
i) achieved a Grade Point Average of 6.0 or above; and
ii) completed 50% or more of the degree at the University of Newcastle.
i) Juris Doctor for legal practice; and
ii) Doctor of (Field of Study) for medical practice, physiotherapy, dentistry, optometry and veterinary practice.
Pathways – General
Pathways – credit and advanced standing
Pathways – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Pathways – combined degrees
A combined degree may be formally approved by the Program and Course Approval Committee (PCAC) and listed in Masters Degree (Extended) - Approved AQF Compliant Programs or determined on a case by case application in accordance with the Program Management Manual - Coursework.
Pathways – nested or integrated qualifications
- Masters (Coursework) (level 9).
Pathways – Exit
v) the relevant College Pro Vice-Chancellor has approved the application.
Pathways - Graduate
Masters Degree (Extended) may be accredited by professional associations.
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Section 3 - Notes
Section 4 - Relaxing Provision
Section 5 - Reporting
(1) As a higher education provider authorised to self-accredit, the University of Newcastle (
(2) This Schedule supports the implementation of the Awards and Graduation Policy and Governance Rule. The Governance Rule describes each type of qualification offered by the
(3) Within the Schedule the general
(4) In the event of an inconsistency between subordinate policy documents and any Rule(s) or Schedule to the Rule(s), the Rule(s) made by
(5) 2N+2 where N is equal to the notional duration identified by the
(6) To provide for exceptional circumstances arising in any particular case, the President of
(7) The President of the