The MCom (Human Resource Management) course is a programme accredited by the South African Board of People Practice (SABPP). The master’s programme entails eight modules of coursework presented over at least four block weeks during the first year of study and a mini-dissertation.
- Relevant BComHons degree
- A cumulative weighted average of at least 65% for the BComHons degree
- At least 65% for the research component at honours level
A candidate may be refused admission to a master’s degree by the Department of Human Resource Management Postgraduate Selection Committee if the student does not comply with the standard of competence in the module as determined by the Department of Human Resource Management – with the proviso that a candidate who does not comply may be admitted, provided that the student completes additional study assignments and/or examinations.
The number of applicants admitted to the programme is limited by supervisory capacity and the availability of research projects in the field of specialisation in the Department of Human Resource Management.
The number of students admitted in the programme will be determined by the growth strategy of the University of Pretoria as approved by the Executive.
Allowance will be made for the diversity profile of students.
Other programme-specific information
Preparation and submission of dissertation
Refer to General Academic Regulation G39.
The pass mark for the mini-dissertation is 50%. The provisions regarding pass requirements for dissertations, contained in General Academic Regulation G39.12, apply mutatis mutandis to mini-dissertations. A pass mark of at least 50% is required in the examination of each module.
Pass with distinction
In order to be awarded the degree with distinction, a student must meet the following criteria:
- obtain an overall weighted average of at least 75% according to module credits
- obtain at least 75% in the mini-dissertation
- complete the degree/diploma within the minimum prescribed period.
- Only the final mark of the first attempt to pass the modules or dissertation will be considered;
- The overall weighted average (according to course credits) will be not be rounded up to a whole number.
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.