Programmes & Courses



Master's Degree Programmes: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE)

The Master of Arts is offered in the following majors: Education, History, Linguistics, Literature, Pacific Studies, Psychology, Social Policy, and Sociology.

Education

Special Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the Masterís programme a person shall have:

  • a) obtained the degree of Bachelor of The University of the South Pacific with a GPA of at least 3.5 in the 200- and 300-level courses in the appropriate major; or
  • b) obtained an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma of The University of the South Pacific with a GPA of at least 3.0; or
  • c) a tertiary qualification deemed by Senate or its delegate to be equivalent to the qualification above.

Programme Requirements:

The Masterís degree consists of following two programme options:

  • 1) Students are required to pass PGDEd with a GPA of at least 3.0 and successfully write a thesis in about 50,000 words.
  • 2) Outstanding students with the degree of Bachelor of Education normally with a GPA of at least 3.5 in the Education majors at the 200- and 300-level may bypass the PGDEd and proceed to complete the Master of Arts in Education by thesis. However, the student may be requested to complete postgraduate courses as specified on admission to the Master's programme.

History

The Masterís programme consists of a thesis.

Journalism

The Masterís programme consists of a thesis.

Linguistics

The Masterís programme consists of a thesis or two postgraduate courses and a supervised research project.

Applied Linguistics

The Masterís programme consists of a thesis or two postgraduate courses plus a supervised research project.

Literature

The Masterís programme consists of a thesis or two postgraduate courses plus a Supervised Research Project.

Pacific Studies

The Masterís programme consists of three options: (a) a thesis, or (b) two postgraduate courses plus a Supervised Research Project, or (c) a Portfolio.

The Portfolio will have two components: (i) a Practice-based component or creative project presentation and (ii) an Analytical Component (Exegesis). Each component will carry 50% of the project.

Psychology

The Masterís programme consists of a thesis or two postgraduate courses plus a Supervised Research Project.

Social Policy

The Masterís programme consists of a thesis or two postgraduate courses plus a Supervised Research Project.

Sociology

The Masterís programme consists of a thesis or two postgraduate courses plus a Supervised Research Project.

MASTER OF EDUCATION

Special Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the Master of Education programme a person shall have:

  • a) obtained the degree of Bachelor of The University of the South Pacific with a GPA of at least 3.0 in the 200- and 300-level courses in the appropriate major; or
  • b) obtained an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma of The University of the South Pacific with a GPA of at least 3.0; or
  • c) obtained a tertiary qualification deemed by Senate or its delegate to be equivalent to the qualification above.

Programme Requirements:

The Master of Education degree consists of the following two programme options:

  • 1.) Students are required to complete two 400-level Education courses in addition to the four 400-level Education courses they attained in their PGDEd and write a Supervised Research Project (SRP) in about 20,000 words.
  • 2.) Students are required to complete four more additional 400-level Education courses in addition to the four 400 Education courses attained in their PGDEd. Two of the additional four courses could be taken from 400-level units of relevant subject disciplines. This MEd is by Coursework.

MASTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

Special Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the Master of Environmental Law Programme a person shall have:

  • (a) An LLB or equivalent degree with a GPA of 3.5 or better or a USP LLB with a GPA of 3.0 or better and either LA326/LW390 passed with a grade of B+ or better, or professional or research experience deemed to be equivalent to such a grade in LA326/LW390; or
  • (b) Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than Law with a GPA of 3.5 or better and evidence of professional or research experience in areas of environmental law, environmental science or environmental planning; or
  • (c) In exceptional cases candidates must demonstrate that they have the experience or achievement relevant to the MEL programme, which Senate or its delegate deems sufficient for undertaking the programme.

Programme Requirements:

  • a) The MEL Programme by coursework consists of six 400-level LW courses: LW452; plus three 400-level LW courses selected from the following: LW450, LW451, LW453, LW455, LW456 or another environmental law course; plus two 400-level courses offered by USP and approved by the Head of School.
  • b) The MEL Programme by coursework consists of four 400-level LW courses) and a supervised research project: LW452; plus three 400-level LW courses selected from the following: LW450, LW451, LLW453, LW455, LW456 or another environmental law course; plus a Supervised Research Project.

MASTER OF LAWS

Special Admission Requirements:

  • a) LLM by coursework and Supervised Research Project: an LLB or equivalent degree with a GPA of 3.5 or better or a USP LLB with a GPA of 3.0 or better and either LA326/LW390 passed with a grade of B+ or better, or professional or research experience deemed to be equivalent to such a grade in LA326/LW390; or
  • b) LLM by thesis only: an LLB degree or equivalent with a GPA of 3.5 or better or can provide evidence of professional or research experience deemed to be equivalent to such a GPA.
  • c) in exceptional cases, the University may consider applications from persons who can demonstrate that they have the experience or achievement relevant to the LLM programme that Senate or its delegate deems to be sufficient for the student to pursue at a satisfactory level.

Programme Requirements:

  • a) The LLM Programme by coursework consists of six courses: LW400, AL400; plus two 400-level LW courses; plus two 400-level courses offered by USP and approved by the Head of School.
  • b) The LLM Programme by coursework consists four courses: LW400, AL400; plus two 400-level LW courses; plus a Supervised Research Project.
  • c) For an LLM by thesis only Ė A supervised thesis.

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