This programme is offered by the Department of Paraclinical Sciences.
This degree programme underlines the major health and production considerations in domesticated ruminants. It caters for the needs of candidates who wish to extend their knowledge and skills that they have gained during their undergraduate training and aims to allow them to practise at a higher level.
The curriculum consists of compulsory modules as well as a mini-dissertation. It is primarily a web-based modular degree programme. The MSc degree is conferred by virtue of the successful completion of prescribed modules in the curriculum and a mini-dissertation. Coursework: 60%; Mini-dissertation: 40%.
Also consult the General Regulations. Students are required to confirm whether a module will be presented in any particular year. This enquiry should be directed to the relevant head of department according to the syllabi information provided in the list of modules.
Subject to the stipulations of the applicable General Regulations, a BVSc, a four-year BSc in Agriculture (Animal Science), Microbiology, Zoology or Entomology or a BSc(Hons) in Microbiology, Zoology or Entomology or an equivalent degree is required.
In certain cases, it remains the prerogative of the head of department to require, in addition to the entrance requirements already mentioned, the successful completion of an admissions test before registration. A student may also be required to pass a proficiency test in English (TOEFL) at an acceptable level.
Examinations and pass requirements
If a student fails a module, he/she will have to repeat the module the following year. A module cannot be repeated more than twice.
Consult the General Regulations.
On an appropriate topic depending on the field of interest of the student, a research project of limited scope must be undertaken and written in the format of a mini-dissertation to fulfil the requirements of the MSc. The research topic is determined in consultation with the supervisor and head of department and the research project must be approved according to Faculty guidelines.
Before or together with the mini-dissertation, a student must submit at least one draft article for publication in an acknowledged and accredited journal. The draft article must be based on the research for the mini-dissertation and must be acceptable to the supervisor and meet subsidy requirements. Proof of submission of the article from the relevant journal editorial office must be submitted together with the final bound mini-dissertation.
Pass with distinction
In order to obtain the degree with distinction, 75% in the mini-dissertation and a cumulative average of 75% in the core modules provided that a minimum pass mark of 60% in all the core modules are required.