Qualifications and academic records (postgraduates)
When applying for postgraduate study, a student is required to provide their qualifications and academic records. This should include:
- Courses taken and marks/grades achieved
- Key to the grading system used
- Confirmation that the student has completed the course requirements or graduation certificates if applicable (unless the qualifying degree is from Lincoln University).
Recommended preparation (prep)
When one course is thought by the University to be important, but not absolutely essential, as preparation for an advanced course, the course will be listed as recommended preparation for the advanced course. Students are advised to have taken the recommended preparation before enrolling in the advanced course. They are not, however, required to have taken the recommended preparation.
Students can apply to have their examination script remarked if they believe an error has been made. Applications for reconsideration must be made by the published key date.
Students can apply to have the marks for a course recounted if they believe an error has been made. Application must be made within 28 days of the publication of results.
The process of confirming a student's enrolment. This can only occur when the student has completed all enrolment requirements and paid the applicable fees.
The regulations of the University and the course regulations for degrees, diplomas and certificates are the rules by which staff and students operate. The regulations are listed in the Lincoln University Calendar.
Students may not receive credit for two courses that have a substantial amount of material in common. If there are two courses in the same schedule that have a substantial amount of common material, then there will be a restriction between them. In that case, you may not credit both to the degree or diploma.
A student who has previously studied at Lincoln University, eg a student entering second year who studied as a first year student in the previous year.
The list of courses available to students enrolled in a qualification. The schedule usually includes the course codes, course names, prerequisites, recommended preparation and restrictions.
The academic year is divided into two halves called semesters. The word 'semester' derives from the Latin words 'for six and month'.
Statement of research interests (postgraduates)
Whilst it is not mandatory for those applying for a postgraduate certificate or diploma, applicants are encouraged to submit a statement of research interests, since at times additional information may aid the application for admission. The statement of research interest is used by the University for two main purposes:
- To assess the applicant's relative preparedness for postgraduate study
- To assist with matching the applicant with appropriate supervisors.
Note: The statement need only be two to three pages but it must be written in the applicant's own words. If a draft research proposal has already been prepared, this may be submitted as the statement.
If applying for Honours, a Master's by coursework and thesis, or a Master's which includes a dissertation, the applicant should use the following guidelines:
- Write about a couple areas of study that they have particularly enjoyed and would like to pursue further at postgraduate level
- Describe one or two projects they have undertaken as part of their previous degree work or employment that are relevant to these areas.
If applying for PhD or Master's by thesis only, the applicant should use the following guidelines:
- Include at least a page on the background to the problem, issue or area that they propose to research. This should set the research into its context and include a few citations to key literature
- State the overall research aims or research hypotheses to be tested, ie what the research will attempt to accomplish
- Describe a proposed approach for the research, ie the steps that they could follow to fulfil the research aim or test the research hypothesis
- Include full references for any literature referred to in their statement
- Remember that submission of a statement does not commit the applicant or the University to undertake the proposed research. The eventual research project will emerge as the result of negotiation between the applicant and the research advisors
- The statement is not the same as the formal research proposal that will be produced for the thesis (although the statement may be helpful in developing the full proposal)
- Applicants are strongly urged to discuss their research interests with an advisor before submitting an application. The advisor will be in a position to provide feedback on a draft of their statement.
Located on the ground floor of the George Forbes Memorial Building. Student Administration staff will be able to put you in touch with the most appropriate person to deal with any queries regarding enrolment, course of study, fees, scholarships, visas or any other administrative matters.
Outgoing: Lincoln University students can apply through Student Administration to study for one or two semesters at one of our partner institutions. Sometimes refered to as 'Global Mobility' or Go Global.
Incoming: Students from our partner institutions can apply through their international office to study at Lincoln University for one or two semesters. Often referred to as Study Abroad students.
International students may enrol at Lincoln University for one or two semesters either via direct enrolment or through a third party provider or agent.
The components or modules of a course. A subject is a module of work for which a grade is given that appears on the student's transcript.
A daily programme of the time and place where subjects are taught. All students receive a copy of their course timetable at registration.
A transcript is a copy of a student's complete academic record at university.
If changes are made to regulations or subject schedules, occasionally students who began under the old rules are unable to meet all of the new requirements. In such cases, the University will generally set up transitional arrangements, which may include transitional prerequisites. These arrangements will normally apply for a particular group of students and for a limited period.
If your application documents are in another language please have them translated into English by an authorised translator. Only the original and translated documents should be submitted for assessment.
A small group teaching session where academic issues and problems of a subject are discussed with a tutor.