Masters programmes

All applications for MEd studies are subject to a rigorous selection process. A complete academic record in respect of all previous studies must accompany applications. Computer literacy is strongly recommended for admission to the MEd.

Requirements for admission

A Candidate can be admitted if he/she holds one of the following qualifications:

  1. A BEd(Hons) degree/BEd (Postgraduate); or
  2. An applicable Honours degree and a teacher’s diploma; and
  3. Has achieved an average of at least 60% in the Honours or related examination.
  4. The Senate may:
  • Grant a graduate of another university (either in South Africa or elsewhere) a status at the university that is equivalent to the status the student has at such other university;
  • Admit a person who has passed examinations at another university or institution (either in South Africa or elsewhere) which the Senate deems equivalent to or higher than the examinations prescribed for a degree at the University, which are set as a prerequisite for admission to a particular postgraduate study programme, or for the admission of such a person as a research student; or
  • Admit a person who in another manner has reached a standard of competence the Senate considers adequate for the purpose of postgraduate study or research at the University.
  1. Admission of MEd Students are based on the University’s Enrolment Plan according to the enrolment targets approved for the Faculty. Admission is also subject to supervisory capacity and the research projects in the field of specialisation in a department, therefore the relevant department has the right to limit the number of students per year.

B. Selection procedure
Selection is based on:

  1. Meeting the minimum academic requirements required for admission;
  2. Previous academic performance;
  3. Applicable academic and/or teaching background;
  4. Availability of supervision for the required research project;
  5. Proven academic potential which may include academic communication and computer application skills;
  6. Additionally, an interview may be requested to clarify aspects of theapplication;
  7. The requirements of professional registration bodies;
  8. The discretion of the Head of Department, to consider the available supervision capacity in the department.

C. Duration

  1. A minimum of one academic year for the research programme and two years for the course-work packages;
  2. The programme must be completed within two years;
  3. Students will be granted two opportunities to pass the Research Proposal (NMQ 800/801). Unsuccessful candidates will be phased out of the programmes thereafter. This requirement is for both the full research as well as the coursework master’s degrees.

D. Additional requirements

  1. All Master’s students must submit a dissertation or a mini-dissertation and must pass the Research Proposal (NMQ 800/801);
  2. All students have to attend the research capacity sessions on quantitative and qualitative research at master’s level;
  3. After registration every student and his/her supervisor will sign a agreement with regard to the academic supervision. The student’s, as well as the supervisor’s expectations will be indicated.

E. Degree with distinction

  1. The MEd degree is conferred with distinction on a student who obtains at least 75% in the dissertation.
  2. The MEd degree with course-work is conferred with distinction on a student who obtains 75% in the mini dissertation and an average of 75% in the remaining modules.
Knowledge Areas Package coordinators
Computer Integrated Education Dr Maryke Mihai 
Tel: 012 240 2570
E-mail: [email protected] 
Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Prof Ugorji Ogbonnaya
Tel: 012 420 5871
E-mail: [email protected] 
Assessment and Quality Assurance Dr Celeste Combrinck
Tel: 012 420 5680
E-mail: [email protected] 


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