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Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Quantitative Genetics

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

University of Otago

Summary

The Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) is a 180-point, coursework postgraduate degree. A candidate would normally be a graduate but the degree is also open to those with other relevant qualifications.

The MAppSc is designed for students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary programme of study underpinned by science that delivers versatile skills relevant to multiple end-users. Optional paths are available that emphasise commercialisation, workplace-based projects or independent study.

Optional papers for particular interests

The MAppSc can be completed in 12 months or in stages, providing flexibility for recent graduates and those currently employed.

Quantitative Genetics are designed to provide the necessary skills for employment in areas where quantitative genetic methods are applied. These can include in primary sector breeding programmes (e.g. in agriculture, horticulture and forestry), in medical research and in gene resource management of endangered species.

These programmes encourage critical thinking, develop analytical skills and broaden students’ understanding of New Zealand contexts.

Papers

STAT 435 Data Analysis for Bioinformatics, and QGEN 401 Quantitative Genetics and Improvement; and

either three approved papers at 400-level in STAT, MATH, or GENE ; APPS 597 Supervised Independent Study and APPS 598 Workplace-based Project;

or five approved papers at 400-level in in STAT, MATH, or GENE; APPS 597 Supervised Independent Study or APPS 598 Workplace-based Project

Entry criteria

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).

Every applicant shall have fulfilled one of the following conditions:

  • be a graduate and have achieved an average grade of at least B in the relevant 300-level papers;
  • have obtained a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science with an average grade of at least B;
  • have equivalent alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).

In considering an applicant's qualifications, regard will be had to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant's performance in the programme.

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic - Score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0). IELTS Online is also accepted.
  • Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 90 with a minimum writing score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL - score of 587 (TWE 4.5)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) & Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum of 176
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
  • LanguageCert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement
  • University of Otago Language Centre ‘English for Otago’, English for Postgraduate Academic Purposes (EPAP) - Grade C or higher
  • University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA) pathway programmes - Successful completion of the English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS) with a B Grade
  • FCertEAP - Successful completion of the certificate with a B Grade

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