This programme is offered by the Department of Paraclinical Sciences.
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 in this publication.
The MSc degree is conferred by virtue of the successful completion of prescribed modules in the curriculum and a mini-dissertation. Coursework: 70%; Mini-dissertation: 30%.
Subject to the stipulations of the applicable General Regulations, a four-year scientific-based degree such as BScHons, BScAgric, a BVSc, BVMCh or an equivalent degree, is required.
A candidate with a completed BTech degree with a minimum of 60% in the broad area of specialisation. 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 additional coursework and/or an admissions test before registration. A student may be required to pass a proficiency test in English (TOEFL) at an acceptable level.
Examinations and pass requirements
A minimum examination mark of 50% is required to pass each of the modules. Instructions regarding requirements for semester, year or examination marks are published in the study guides, for the specific attention of candidates.
If a student fails a module, he (she) has to repeat the module the next time it is presented. A student may not sit for an examination more than twice in the same module on postgraduate level.
Also consult the General Regulations.
Candidates must submit a mini-dissertation s, which deals with an applied field of study within veterinary public health. The topic is determined in consultation with the head of department, and the research project that follows, must be approved according to Faculty guidelines.
The mini-dissertation is based on an applied research project or related research projects (which need not be original), planned and reported by the candidate. (Assistance with statistical procession, applied specialised procedures, etc. is allowed, but must be acknowledged). The candidate may use appropriate research done previously, to add to the writing of the mini-dissertation.
Previous, related publications by the candidate may be bound with the mini-dissertation, but may not substitute the complete text of the mini-dissertation. Publications, which are submitted, must be rounded off by means of an extensive introduction, materials, and information concerning methods and a discussion of the results. An external examiner, who may not necessarily attend the final examination in the special field of study, will evaluate the mini-dissertation.
Before or together with the mini-dissertation, a draft article based on the mini-dissertation must be prepared for publication in an acknowledged journal, failing which the degree will not be conferred. The draft article must be acceptable to the supervisor and must comply with the requirements for subsidy (see applicable Faculty rules).
Pass with distinction
The degree is conferred with distinction on a student that has obtained at least 75% for the mini-dissertation and an cumulative average of at least 75% for the modules.