Ethics & Proposal Process: Professional Master's in Psychology

This page is relevant to the Ethics & Proposal Process for the Professional Master's Clinical, Counselling & Research (coursework) Programmes in Psychology (selected & enrolled students only) as part of the preparation process for mini-dissertations
The MA Clinical, Counselling and Research MA-degrees consist of two parts, namely, coursework and a mini-dissertation and each contributes 50% towards your degree. This page contains information about the topic allocation, proposal approval and ethics approval processes required to commence with the mini-dissertation.
1.  Topic allocation and/or application
During your  coursework year (Year 1), the programme manager will provide students with a list of topics/research areas available from which you can choose to do your research on. These topic lists are compiled annually to be in line with the Department's Research Themes and Focus Areas. In addition, you will also be allocated to a supervisor.
2.  Brief proposals
You will be required to write a brief proposal,  the requirements of which depends on your particular programme and the lecturer/supervisor involved with the MA course research.
3.  Preparation of research proposals
As soon as you have met your supervisor (usually within two weeks of being allocated a supervisor), you can start developing your research proposal in accordance with the official Departmental Proposal Template. The Template has guidelines and needs to be read in conjunction with the Reader Evaluation Form which guides you about the information required. You and your supervisor collaborate on the proposal until the supervisor is satisfied that you can go to the next step.
Forms and documents:
  1. All students need to complete the Memorandum of Understanding for Academic Supervision when they register or no later than two months after registration.
Click here to visit the library's "Research Guide" Page for research assistance.
Click here for the differences between a mini-dissertation, dissertation and doctorate thesis.
4.  Reader evaluation
Your supervisor sends your proposal to the Departmental Research Committee (Rescom). They allocate two readers who have to complete the Reader Evaluation Form within 2 weeks and send it back to Rescom. You and your supervisor receive the readers’ comments and you have to make changes and indicate your response  on the Reader Evaluation Form. This is then sent back to Rescom who distributes your response to the original readers. They indicate their decision on the form and if positive you may proceed to the next step.
5.  Presentation of proposal
The Department has allocated two days in the year for proposal presentations where you, staff, and postgraduate students attend. You have to present a Powerpoint of at least 5 minutes whereafter the two readers respond and the audience also can make suggestions or comments. If there are comments you get an opportunity to incorporate suggestions in your proposal after the meeting.
6.  Final approval by Rescom and submission to Faculty Resethics
You and your supervisor get a final notice from ResCom about the outcome of the presentation. If approved you prepare and submit all documents (proposal, permission letters, consent letters, instruments and the Memorandum of Understanding) on the online Faculty system. The Faculty Research Ethics Committee sits once a month to consider proposals/ethical applications. You and your supervisor will be advised of the outcome and if necessary asked to make required changes.
Forms to be uploaded and information:
  1. Process of Electronic Ethics Submission
  2. Approved proposal
  3. Consent forms
  4. Permission letters
Department's Research Committee:   Armand Luijk at [email protected]
Professional Master's Programmes:   Vanessa Augus at [email protected]
Student Administration of the Faculty:
For University regulations, academic registration forms, or to get assistance with the online applications please contact Jean Pretorius at: Tel #:  012 420 6909 or Email:  j[email protected]

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