• A student for a master’s degree must complete his or her studies within four years after first registering for the degree. The study comprises a 30 000-50 000 word dissertation based on an research proposal approved by the Research Proposal and Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Humanities (see requirement for preparatory year).
• Students are also required to: (a) perform one outreach activity per semester registered; (b) to participate in the Departmental Seminar Series; (c) to construct a museum display of their dissertation research; and (d) submit an article based on their research to an accredited publication at the end of their study.
• Students are required to conduct at least 8 weeks of fieldwork by the end of the master’s programme and must demonstrate mastery over basic and intermediate field techniques.
- Honours degree in Archaeology or relevant honours degree
- A cumulative weighted average of at least 65% for the honours degree
- Students with a cumulative weighted average of at least 70% or more will receive preference
- An admissions essay may be required
- An entrance examination may be required
Note: Additional modules may be required in order to reach the desired level of competency
Students who do not have the required level of proficiency in English have to take an additional module TTS 751 Academic writing skills.
University of Pretoria Programme Qualification Mix (PQM) verification project
The higher education sector has undergone an extensive alignment to the Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework (HEQF) across all institutions in South Africa. In order to comply with the HEQSF, all institutions are legally required to participate in a national initiative led by regulatory bodies such as the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The University of Pretoria is presently engaged in an ongoing effort to align its qualifications and programmes with the HEQSF criteria. Current and prospective students should take note that changes to UP qualification and programme names, may occur as a result of the HEQSF initiative. Students are advised to contact their faculties if they have any questions.