MCom - Management - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

MCom by Thesis Only 2017


MCom Programme

The main purpose of the MCom is to enable students from the BCom (Hons) Programme to develop their Honours Research project, with guidance from a suitable supervisor in the department, to the point where it represents a potentially significant contribution to knowledge.

The main route into the MCom is by first doing the BCom (Hons). BCom (Hons) graduates will have completed advanced academic courses, as well as empirical or theoretical research methods and a research project (see the BCom (Hons) brochure).  Students who form an opinion that their project has potential for this type of development and who like the idea of a dedicated research year, should first discuss the possibility of advancing to MCom with their Honours project supervisor.  Students should also discuss their plans with the MCom Coordinator towards the end of the academic year.

Graduates of the Diploma in Management can discuss with the MCom Coordinator the possibility of enrolling for the one year BCom (Hons), with a view to then possibly continuing on to the Masters thesis.

(i) provide the MCom Coordinator with (a) a copy of their Honours Project, or an equivalent piece of sole-authored academic work, and (b) a 4-6 page provisional proposal for a Masters thesis.  (This can be written with assistance from the potential supervisor).
(ii) check that they satisfy the prescriptions (pre-requisites) set out in the Calendar for the MCom.  If in doubt, discuss these with the MCom Cordinator.

Duration of the MCom

Enrolment is normally full-time, however the supervisor(s), co-ordinator and Academic Board might approve part-time enrolment if a strong case can be made on the grounds of employment, family, health or other similar reasons.

NOTE: Under new regulations, supervisors and students have to submit six monthly progress reports to the Head of Department (via the Senior Supervisor) on the progress of the thesis and its supervision.


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It should be noted that, unless a different date is formally approved by the Academic Board, enrolment is considered to commence on
1 March.


Fees, Allowances and Financial Assistance

Fees for 2017 are approximately $6772 for domestic full time students.  For more information about fees and student loans, please contact Student Administrative Services (64 3) 366-7001 ext. 8931 or email. For information about student allowances, please contact Study Link on 0800 88 99 00.

Details of current international fees are available from here.

Many scholarships are available for graduate students. Information on scholarships is available at the following web sites:

University of Canterbury Masters Scholarships are available for outstanding candidates.  Currently this scholarship pays local fees, plus a tax free allowance of $12,000 for a maximum of one year. Some additional payment may be available through tutoring and research assistant positions within the department.  If you are interested in these, please contact the Programme Co-ordinator..

Application Procedure

MCom proposals for the 2017 programme are due to the Department before the end of January 2017.  However, early application will help you because we will let you know quickly of acceptance or rejection.  It will also help us to plan the year’s courses, projects and facilities.  Orientation for accepted applicants will take place during the week prior to the start of classes.

ALL prospective students need to apply to the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, by applying directly through MyUC. This application must be completed and processed before the applicant completes the online enrolment or face-to-face enrolment at the University. Applicants will receive a letter from the Department notifying them of the outcome of their application.

Applicants who completed their studies from an institution other than the University of Canterbury, submit to MyUC an official verified transcript of the applicant’s academic record. No form will be processed without a verified transcript. University of Canterbury students do not need to submit a University of Canterbury transcript. However, if you have completed courses from other institutions that go towards your degree, please include that transcript as part of your application to enrol.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS must include evidence of English language proficiency for applicants for whom English is not their first language. The Department will assess the student’s suitability for entry into the MCom Programme.

The Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship will forward its decision and the applicant’s documentation to Admissions. This is because students whose first degree is not from a New Zealand University must be granted admission ad eundem. Admission ad eundem is processed by Admissions. It is the Admissions Office that is responsible for confirming if a student is eligible for entry to the University of Canterbury.

FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS, enquiries about admission ad eundem should be made by email to, telephone +64 3 364 2459, or by post to Admissions, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand.

School of Business and Economics Forms
MCom Thesis Proposal Registration Form
MCom Thesis Progress Report
MCom Thesis Assurance of Learning


Contact Information

For further information, please contact:
Dr Sarah Wright
MCom Coordinator
Room 336 Business and Law Building
Tel: +64 3 369 3762 Ext: 93762

Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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