The MSc degree is conferred on grounds of a dissertation and such additional postgraduate coursework as may be prescribed. A student is required to demonstrate, by means of a dissertation, the ability to plan, institute and execute a scientific investigation.
A student works under the guidance of a supervisor and is expected to identify and complete a research project. The research results are to be fully reported in an MSc dissertation.
Also consult G Regulations G.30 to G.40 and G.54.
An appropriate BScHons or equivalent degree is required for admission. In addition to be considered for admission an average of 65% should have been obtained for the modules passed for the honours degree. The Dean, on the recommendation of the supervisor and the Head of Department, may approve additional requirements and conditions.
Promotion to next study year
If the supervisor affirms that a candidate has progressed satisfactorily, registration may be renewed for the second year (full-time) or for the second to fourth year (part-time). Re-registration thereafter will only take place if a written motivation from the candidate, supported by the Head of Department is submitted to the student administration offices.
Unless Senate, on the recommendation of the supervisor, decides otherwise, a student, before or on submission of a dissertation, must submit proof of submission of an article by an accredited journal to the Head: Student administration.
The draft or submitted article, as the case may be, should be based on the research that the student has conducted for the dissertation/thesis and be approved by the supervisor if the supervisor is not a co-author.
The supervisor shall be responsible for ensuring that the paper is taken through all the processes of revision and resubmission, as may be necessary. Conferment of the degree may be made subject to compliance with the stipulations of this regulation. Also consult the G Regulations.
Pass with distinction
The MSc degree is conferred with distinction on candidates who obtain a final average mark of at least 75%.