Programme: MAgric Extension and Rural Development

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Code Faculty
02256001 Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Credits Duration
Minimum duration of study: 1 year Total credits: 180

Programme information


      On the recommendation of the head of department, the Dean may set specific residential requirements for the MScAgric degree.

      Renewal of registration
      As long as progress is satisfactory, renewal of the registration of a master’s student will be accepted for the second year of the study. Registration for a third and subsequent years will only take place when the Student Administration of the Faculty receives a written motivation which is supported by the head of department and Postgraduate Studies Committee.

      Subject to programme-specific requirements, the curriculum for the MScAgric degree consists of the following:
      a. A dissertation; and
      b. Further study in the major subject/s, augmented by ancillary modules prescribed by the Postgraduate Studies Committee, on the recommendation of the head of department. Such ancillary modules may be taken simultaneously with the major subject/s. Candidates in possession of the BScAgricHons degree may be exempted from additional ancillary modules.

      Candidates are required to familiarise themselves with the General Regulations regarding the maximum period of registration and the requirements on the submission of a draft article for publication.

      Admission requirements

      The BAgricHons in Extension and Rural Development – with an average of at least 60%


      A Postgraduate Diploma in Extension and Rural Development with an average of 60% in each module and the completion of at least 60 credits at honours level


      BInstAgrarHons in Extension with an average of at least 60%. At least 120 credits of relevant extension modules at postgraduate level (honours level) with an average of at 60% or higher in each module.

      Examinations and pass requirements

      1. The examinations in the ancillary modules should be successfully completed prior to, or simultaneously with, the examinations in the major subject/s, unless the Faculty Board decides otherwise.
      2. General Regulation G.12.2 applies to the calculation of marks.
      3. In order to obtain the MScAgric degree, the candidate must pass all prescribed modules, including the examination in the major subject/s, as well as the dissertation.

      Pass with distinction

      The MScAgric degree is conferred with distinction on candidates who obtain a final average mark of at least 75% and a mark of at least 75% for the dissertation/mini-dissertation from each of the members of the examination panel. Where a member of the examination panel awards a mark of less than 75% for the dissertation/mini-dissertation, that member of the examination panel must offer, in writing, support for his/her decision, or indicate in writing that he/she supports the examination committee’s decision to confer the degree with distinction.

      The information published here is subject to change and may be amended after the publication of this information. The General Regulations (G Regulations) apply to all faculties of the University of Pretoria. It is expected of students to familiarise themselves well with these regulations as well as with the information contained in the General Rules section. Ignorance concerning these regulations and rules will not be accepted as an excuse for any transgression.

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