|08250172||Faculty of Veterinary Science||Department: Production Animal Studies|
|Minimum duration of study: 3 years||Total credits: 360||NQF level: 09|
Also consult the General Academic Regulations G30 – G41.
A master's degree in Veterinary Medicine (MMedVet) is a clinical specialty degree at NQF-level 9 of 360 credits to be completed in 3 years of full-time study as part of a residential training program. The training program consists of clinical work (at least 90 weeks of supervised clinical training), coursework, culminating in a multi-component examination (270 credits) and a research project resulting in a mini-dissertation (of 90 credits) and subsequent publications as required for SAVC registration as a specialist.
Minimum admission requirements:
The candidate will be required to work full-time at the faculty in the field of specialisation under supervision of an approved supervisor for the required duration.
While the MMedVet is an advanced professional programme equivalent to specialist certification, registration to practise as a specialist is controlled by the SAVC or international equivalent. These bodies may have additional requirements for registration that are not university requirements. Please check their requirements as well.
Also consult the General Academic Regulations G35 – 38 (coursework) and G39 – G40 (mini-dissertation).
The MMedVet is conferred by virtue of completion of a minimum of 90 weeks of clinical training, examination in specialist module, and a mini-dissertation.
Examination in specialist module: Also consult the Faculty’s SOP MMedVet examinations guidelines as reflected in the study guides.
The examination(s) in the specialist field of study may only be taken on completion of the minimum clinical training which includes successful presentation of seminars. Special permission will have to be obtained from the HOD if the examination is conducted at an earlier stage. The examination will consist of a theoretical component (the addition of an oral exam is optional and dependant on the discipline) and a practical component (optional; dependant on the discipline). The nature and duration of the specialist module's examination(s), which must fully test the theoretical knowledge as well as the practical skills of the student, is determined by the head of department in which the chosen field of study is presented.
A minimum examination mark of 50% is required in each of the theoretical and practical sections of the specialist module.
The Faculty regulations do provide for supplementary and special examinations as per General Academic Regulations G37.4 and G37.5; however, only after an additional period of training (theoretical and/or practical) as prescribed has been completed.
Note: Students who intend applying for membership of a specialist college abroad later on, should bear in mind that many of these colleges require a minimum examination mark and a final mark of at least 60% for admission. The student bears the responsibility of ensuring that they familiarise themselves with the relevant college requirements and regulations that might be applicable.
A mini-dissertation is submitted to the Head: Student Administration, before the closing date for the relevant graduation ceremonies as announced annually (i.e. 31 October or 31 March to qualify for the Autumn or Spring graduation, respectively), after permission is granted by the supervisor and co-supervisor(s). (Also consult the General Academic Regulation G39 with regard to the submission and technical editing of the thesis).
If a mini-dissertation is submitted after the due date specified above, the student takes the risk that the examination of the mini-dissertation may be delayed and the student will not be considered for the graduation concerned. A student will only be allowed to graduate if the student has successfully complied with all the requirements for the particular programme.
The mini-dissertation will be evaluated by two examiners (for the appointment of the examination panel, consult the General Academic Regulation G39.12.1).
The average of the separate marks awarded by the two examiners, constitutes the final mark for the mini-dissertation.
Before or on submission of the final copy of the dissertation, a student must submit a draft first-author research article for publication to the supervisor (Also consult the General Academic Regulations G39 - G40). The draft article should be based on the research study undertaken (and as approved by the Faculty Research Ethics committee) during the master’s study, and be approved by the supervisor(s) 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. The affiliation of both the student and the supervisor(s) should be listed as the University of Pretoria.
Also consult the General Academic Regulation G38.
All students should register for (and pass) the module Research methodology (VRM 813) (non-credit-bearing). If a student has already completed a similar module for a previous degree (within the past five years) and can show sufficient evidence of competence in research skills required at postgraduate level, a student may apply for exemption from this module.
The MMedVet master’s degree consists of a minimum of 90 weeks of clinical training, coursework modules as well as a mini-dissertation of 90 credits. The basic requirements and Faculty expectations of an MMedVet mini-dissertation are:
The MMedVet master’s degree mini-dissertation is based on a research project or related research projects (which need not be original), planned and written down by the student within the theme of the chosen specialization. (Assistance with statistical processing, applied specialised procedures, etc. is allowed, but must be acknowledged.) The student may use appropriate research done previously, to add to the writing of the mini-dissertation.
Research undertaken by an MMedVet master’s student is conducted in accordance with the University’s Code of ethics for scholarly activities. All research proposals must be submitted for ethics clearance/approval/exemption to the relevant faculty research and/or research ethics committee. Faculty research ethics committees may consider and approve or reject research proposals in accordance with the guidelines of the general policy.
Compliance with degree requirements
Also consult the General Academic Regulation G40.
A professional master’s degree is awarded with distinction if a student meets the following requirements:
Minimum credits: 360
A web-based introductory module in research methodology that includes planning and undertaking a research project or clinical trial, collecting and analysing data, scientific writing, and enabling preparation and presenting of a research protocol.
Minimum credits: 360
Minimum credits: 360
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