|08250902||Faculty of Veterinary Science||Department: Veterinary Tropical Diseases|
|Minimum duration of study: 1 year||Total credits: 180||NQF level: 09|
Also consult the General Academic Regulations G39 and PG Faculty regulations.
Master’s degree by dissertation is a research master’s degree that requires a high level of theoretical engagement and in some cases, demonstration of the ability to relate knowledge to a range of contexts for professional practice. It must contain a research component at NQF level 9 (to the value of 180 credits), culminating in the acceptance of a dissertation. A research master’s degree is a full research programme designed to develop research skills which amongst others, allows the graduate to progress seamlessly to the research demands of a PhD.
Examination and pass requirements
Also consult the General Academic Regulations G39.
The degree is conferred by virtue of the successful completion of a dissertation and a draft first-author research article.
A dissertation is submitted to the Head: Student Administration, before the closing date for the relevant graduation ceremonies as announced annually (i.e. 31 October or 31 March to qualify for the Autumn or Spring graduation, respectively), after permission is granted by the supervisor and co-supervisor(s). (Also consult the General Academic Regulation G39 with regard to the submission and technical editing of the thesis).
If a dissertation is submitted after the due date specified above, the student takes the risk that the examination of the dissertation may be delayed and the student will not be considered for the graduation concerned. A student will only be allowed to graduate if the student has successfully complied with all the requirements for the particular programme.
The dissertation will be evaluated by two examiners (for the appointment of the examination panel, consult the General Academic Regulations G39.12.1).
The average of the separate marks awarded by the two examiners, constitutes the final mark for the dissertation.
Compliance with degree requirements
Also consult the General Academic Regulation G40.
Also consult the General Academic Regulation G39.
All students should register for (and pass) the module Research methodology (VRM 813) (non-credit-bearing). If a student has already completed a similar module for a previous degree (within the past five years) and can show sufficient evidence of competence in research skills required at postgraduate level, a student may apply for exemption from this module.
The main objective of master’s degree studies is to enable the candidate to undertake research in all its semi-fractions, under supervision. The basic requirements and Faculty expectations of an MSc are:
The research topic is determined in consultation with the supervisor and the relevant head of department, and the research project(s)/ dissertation that follow, must be approved according to Faculty guidelines.
Research undertaken by a master’s student is conducted in accordance with the University’s Code of ethics for scholarly activities. All research proposals must be submitted for ethics clearance/ approval/exemption to the relevant faculty research and/or research ethics committee. Faculty research ethics committees have the authority to consider and approve or reject research proposals within the guidelines of the general policy.
A master’s degree is awarded with distinction if a student meets the following requirements:
Minimum credits: 180
A web-based introductory module in research methodology that includes planning and undertaking a research project or clinical trial, collecting and analysing data, scientific writing, and enabling preparation and presenting of a research protocol.
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