The curriculum for the MSc (eScience) coursework degree programme comprises 180 credits of coursework and a research component. One of the key features of the curriculum is a capstone project that runs parallel with coursework modules in the first year of study. During the capstone project, students will go through the entire cycles of solving a real-world data science problem, collecting and processing real-world data, designing methods to solve the problem, and implementing a solution. The capstone project and coursework prepare the student for the mini-dissertation problem supervised by an expert.
- An honours degree in either statistics, mathematics, computer science, physics, or related fields; and demonstrable knowledge of basic principles of probability and statistics, computing, calculus and linear algebra;
- Passing an entrance evaluation designed by the academic advisory committee of the programme within the consortium. An average of 65% or more at honours level is the minimum for consideration. Admission will be competitive and an honours average of at least 70% is highly recommended.
- Student numbers are limited to a maximum of 30 over the consortium (6 at the University of Pretoria).
- Admission is additionally dependent on availability of supervisor/s and/or projects within the participating departments.
- Historical performance during prior studies will also be considered in selecting students. Specific attention will be given to modules repeated and duration of study.
- The research proposal of applicants should be in line with the research focus of the participating departments.
- Any further additional entrance requirements as specified by the head of department in consultation with the departmental postgraduate selection committee and the academic advisory committee of the programme.
- Applications must include full academic transcripts from undergraduate to current level. SAQA evaluation documentation is required for international applications and on request for students with qualifications from South African institutions.
Other programme-specific information
Candidates are required to familiarise themselves with the General Regulations regarding the maximum period of registration and other requirements for master’s degrees.
Promotion to next study year
The progress of all master’s candidates is monitored biannually by the supervisor and the postgraduate coordinator. A candidate’s study may be terminated if the progress is unsatisfactory or if the candidate is unable to finish his/her studies during the prescribed period.
Subject to exceptions approved by the Dean, on recommendation of the head of department, and where applicable, a student may not enter for the master’s examination in the same module more than twice.
Pass with distinction
The MSc degree is conferred with distinction to candidates who obtain a final average mark of at least 75%, with a minimum of 65% in each module, and a mark of at least 75% for the mini-dissertation from each of the members of the examination panel. Where a member of the examination panel awards a mark of less than 75% for the mini-dissertation, that member of the examination panel must offer, in writing, support for his/her decision, or indicate in writing that he/she supports the examination committee’s decision to confer the degree with distinction.