The rules for degrees, diplomas and certificates published here are subject to change and may be amended prior to the commencement of the academic year.
The General Regulations (G. Regulations) apply to all faculties of the University of Pretoria. It is expected of each student to familiarise himself or herself well with these regulations. Ignorance concerning these regulations will not be accepted as an excuse for any transgression.
Also consult General Rules and Information on the Yearbook website for additional information.
1. Transfer to the Faculty of Humanities
The closing date for application to be transferred to the Faculty of Humanities is 31 October.
1.1 Internal application to transfer (from another Faculty to Humanities or from one Humanities degree to another)
1.2 Application to be readmitted (after academic exclusion)
Students who apply to be readmitted after academic exclusion must submit an application online, as well as a letter of motivation and other supporting documents, in order to be considered for readmission.
In the absence of complete supporting documentation, the Committee will not be able to take a decision. It is the student's responsibility to provide all the required and relevant information. The Faculty is entitled to verify the documents or proof submitted, if necessary.
1.3 Application to transfer from another university to UP
Process to be followed as above (1.1). In the case where the credit system differs from the one used by UP, students will be considered on the following criteria:
2. Cancellation of modules
Dates for cancellations and/or changing of modules are published annually. The dates published by the Faculty of Humanities, will be strictly adhered to.
3. Community engagement
The Faculty of Humanities creates opportunities for community engagement in which students may actively participate in order to promote social responsibility.
Specific requirements for undergraduate programmes
Prospective students must check which requirements apply to particular programmes and modules offered in the Humanities and other faculties. The details of the particular requirements for programmes are set out in the section on curricula.
Should a student wish to take a module offered by another faculty, he or she must determine the admission requirements for that module, as well as the subminimum required for examination papers, supplementary examinations, amount of credits etc. in the faculty concerned.
A student accepted for a bachelor’s programme in the Faculty of Humanities and who does not make good progress in the first semester (at least pass the following modules: AIM 101 (6) plus 2 semester modules (24), a total of at least 30 credits), will have to complete UPO101 in the first year of study. This module must be completed before further admission will be considered. A student may be limited in the number of credits he/she is allowed to register for in the second semester.
Furthermore, at the end of a semester or a year of study, a student may be limited in the number of credits he/she is allowed to register for in the subsequent semester/year(s) of study, or the student may be transferred to the BA – Extended programme, pending the student’s previous academic achievements. Please refer to Regulation 4 below.
1. Class attendance
The study programmes of the Faculty of Humanities have been approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training and accredited by the Council on Higher Education. Programme managers and coordinators are thus compelled to comply with the minimum requirements set by the Department.
Since the Faculty places a high premium on the development of thinking skills and specific academic competencies, class attendance in all modules and for the full duration of a programme is compulsory for all students enrolled in degree programmes of the Faculty of Humanities.
Where the electronic media (such as clickUP) predominate in a module, it may be that class attendance is not a requirement. In these modules students are obliged to comply with all requirements as prescribed for the specific module.
Students may be refused admission to the examination in a particular module if they have failed to fulfil the published attendance requirements in that module.
At the beginning of a module, the study guide for that module will inform students about the requirements and monitoring of class attendance in that particular module.
2. Recognition of modules passed
The maximum duration for the retention of credits after an interruption in studies is five (5) years. If a student wishes to continue with a specific module at a higher (second, third or fourth) year level after an interruption, he or she will have to repeat all previous modules within that discipline passed more than five years prior to the year in which they plan to re-register.
The regulations given below apply to the assessment of modules in the Faculty of Humanities, but departments may, in exceptional cases and in consultation with the Dean, make alternative arrangements for specific modules.
At the beginning of a module, the study guide for that module will inform students about all arrangements regarding assessment in that particular module.
*NB In such cases the Dean's permission must be obtained beforehand.
3.2 Supplementary examinations, extraordinary examinations and aegrotats
Students who did not write the main examination on the scheduled day may apply for an extraordinary examination (or an aegrotat) at the Student Administration office. Lecturers are not allowed to grant students access to such examinations. Applications for these must be handed in together with a valid medical certificate and/or supporting documentation/affidavits not later than three working days after writing the main examination.
A medical certificate will not be accepted where it states that students appeared ill or declared themselves unfit to write the examination. The medical practitioner must be consulted on or before the date on which the examination was scheduled.
A medical certificate will not be accepted if it does not contain the physical address and telephone number of the doctor/medical practice as well as the practice number. In cases where a reason other than sickness is given, students must submit an affidavit that reflects the reason for their absence from the examination. It is the responsibility of students to ascertain whether their requests have been successful or not.
Students who have been granted permission to write an extraordinary examination or an aegrotat and who then fail to write the examination will not qualify for any further extraordinary or aegrotat examinations.
3.3 Special examinations in the Faculty of Humanities
Students who complied with all the requirements of a degree with the exception of at most a year module, or the equivalent thereof, in which they obtained a final mark of at least 40%, may with the approval of the Dean, on recommendation of the head(s) of department, be admitted to a special examination at the beginning of January. Students who obtained a final mark of less than 40% in any of the mentioned modules will not be considered. The maximum final mark that may be awarded is 50%. Students only qualify for a special examination if they have completed the prescribed examination in their final year of study.
3.4 Exemption from an examination (promotion)
No promotions are allowed in any modules in the Faculty of Humanities.
3.5 Requirements to pass
Unless otherwise indicated, General Regulation G.12.2 applies.
3.6 Perusal of examination answer scripts
After the main examination, departments will give students the opportunity to peruse their examination answer scripts and give feedback about the criteria used by examiners. The date/time of the perusal and the manner in which feedback is given shall be determined by the department concerned and notices will be posted in departments about when perusal will take place. Students who are unable to attend the official perusal session may apply to the department for an opportunity to see the examination answer script. No lecturer is under any obligation to grant any student such a perusal opportunity more than two weeks after the commencement of the following semester.
3.7 Re-marking of examination answer scripts
Students may apply for re-marking of an examination answer script after perusal of such a script, but within 14 calendar days after commencement of lectures in the next semester. Students who wish to have their scripts re-marked must pay the prescribed fee and submit their request to the Dean of Humanities (Student Administration office), who will inform the department concerned if a re-mark is granted. The answer script will then be re-marked by an examiner appointed by the head of the department concerned. Marks will be adjusted according to the re-marking, but no supplementary examination will be granted.
3.8 Release of examination marks
Final marks will be released by the Student Administration office.
Lecturers may destroy examination answer scripts once a period of one year has passed from the date on which the examination was written.
3.9 Departmental test policy
Departmental test policy will be communicated to students by means of study guides and/or departmental guidelines.
Students who do not comply with the undermentioned requirements, may be excluded from the Faculty.
3.10 Promotion requirements
In the case of full-time students, a three-year degree must be completed in a maximum of five years, and a four-year degree must be completed in a maximum of six years. In the case of students who follow an approved extended study programme, a three-year degree must be completed in a maximum of six years. Unless the Faculty Board has approved other regulations for a programme:
3.12 Termination of registration
The Dean may, on the recommendation of an appropriate faculty committee, cancel the registration of a student or the registration for a module during an academic year if the student fails to comply with the minimum requirements determined by the Faculty Board with regard to tests, examinations or any other work, with the proviso that a student may request that the Dean reconsider the decision in terms of the set procedures.
3.13 Humanities Special
This programme is designed for students who have completed their first degree wanting to register for non-degree purpose.
4. Maximum number of credits
Any student who wishes to undertake additional credits above the 120 credits specified for the degree must seek the advice of programme coordinators and obtain their permission before being allowed to register.
If permission is granted:
Students who are granted permission to take additional credits must pass all courses in a semester before being given permission to take additional credits in the subsequent semester.
Specific regulations applicable to postgraduate qualifications
1. Academic literacy
It could be required from new postgraduate students to provide proof of their academic literacy.
2. Credit for modules
No credit will be given for modules which form part of another degree programme where the student has already complied with the requirements of such a degree. The rule is also applicable in instances where the student is currently registered for more than one degree programme.
3. Recognition of modules passed
The maximum duration for the retention of credits after an interruption in studies isthree (3) years. If a student wishes to continue his or her postgraduate studies after an interruption, he or she will have to repeat all modules passed more than three years previously.
4. Renewal of registration
4.1 Honours degree
Subject to exceptions approved by the Dean, on the recommendation of the head of the department, a student may not sit for an examination for the honours degree more than twice in the same module.
A student who is registered for an honours degree must complete his or her study, in the case of full-time students, within one year of registering for the degree and, in the case of part-time students, within two years of first registering for the degree. Under special circumstances, the Dean, on the recommendation of the head of the department, may give approval for a limited extension of this period.
4.2 Master’s degree
5. Minimum study periods and requirements for degrees
5.1 Honours degree
5.2 Master’s degree
The master’s degree is conferred on a student only if at least one year has expired after the qualifications by virtue of which admission to master’s study has been obtained – with the proviso that the student is registered for at least 12 months for a master’s degree at this University, although the Dean may approve a shorter period.
A master’s degree is conferred on a student only if he or she complies with all the requirements laid down in these faculty regulations.
5.3 Master’s degree by coursework and mini-dissertation
The doctorate is conferred on a student only if one of the following periods has expired:
In addition to the stipulations of the applicable G. Regulation a doctorate is conferred on a student only if he or she has complied with all the requirements laid down in faculty regulations.
6. Procedures with regard to registration for master’s and doctoral degree programmes (by research)
No interruption may occur in a postgraduate student’s registration for a research-orientated postgraduate study programme. Should a student interrupt his/her studies, such a student will upon re-registration be liable for the full fees applicable to the degree programme.
Postgraduate students, who fail to renew their registration annually, are regarded as having had an interruption in their studies.
6.1 Students for the master’s degree (by research only) must:
Submit an approved research proposal before registration of a specific degree programme. The research proposal for the dissertation must be approved by the departmental research committee, after which it must be submitted to the Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Humanities for final approval before the research can be proceeded with.
6.2 Students for the PhD degrees must:
6.3 Students enrolling for a coursework master’s degree programme must, in the case of ethical implications, submit a research proposal for a mini-dissertation beforehand to the Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Humanities for approval before the research can be proceeded with. Also see the applicable General Regulations.
The regulations given below apply to the assessment of postgraduate modules for honours and master’s degree programmes with coursework offered by departments in the Faculty of Humanities. Departments may, in exceptional cases and in consultation with the Dean, make alternative arrangements with regard to specific modules.
At the beginning of a module, students must be informed in the study guide about the arrangements regarding assessment in that particular module.
*NB The Dean’s permission must be obtained beforehand in such cases.
7.2 Supplementary and extraordinary examinations (including aegrotats)
Only where applicable.
7.3 Exemption from an examination (promotion)
No promotions are allowed in any modules in the Faculty of Humanities.
7.4 A formal examination (written or oral) is a requirement for doctoral degrees in the Faculty of Humanities unless the Dean of the Faculty gives exemption. Also see the applicable G. Regulation.
8. Degree with distinction
Except where otherwise indicated for individual programmes, a student has to obtain a weighted average of at least 75% in order to pass the degree with distinction. The doctoral degree cannot be conferred with distinction.
9. Draft article for publication
A dean may require, before or on submission of a dissertation, the submission of a draft article for publication to the supervisor. The draft article should be based on the research that the student has conducted for the dissertation and be approved by the supervisor concerned. The supervisor should then have the opportunity to take the paper through all the processes of revision and resubmission as may be necessary and/or appropriate in order to achieve publication.
A student, before or on submission of a thesis, must submit proof of submission of an article issued by an accredited journal, to the Head: Student Administration. The submitted article should be based on the research that the student has conducted for the thesis and be approved by the supervisor.
The supervisor shall be responsible for ensuring that the paper is taken through all the processes of revision and resubmission, as may be necessary.
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