Not all postgraduate programmes are offered every year. Please consult the relevant faculty's student administration concerning the presentation of this programme.
- Relevant master’s degree
- A cumulative weighted average of at least 60% for the master’s degree
- Entrance examination passed with a minimum mark of 65%
The Postgraduate Committee reserves the right to prescribe additional modules/seminars for a candidate until he/she has met the specified requirements.
The Dean or Postgraduate Committee has the right of authorisation regarding matters not provided for in the General Academic Regulations or the Faculty regulations.
Due to capacity constraints, there is not necessarily an intake of new students every year. It remains the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the degree they wish to apply for, will indeed be offered.
Refer to General Academic Regulations G50 and G54.
The research component comprises the writing of a thesis and a draft article for publication (General Academic Regulation G51). A short proposal has to be submitted to the postgraduate programme manager. Upon approval of the proposal, a supervisor(s) will be appointed. The candidate will work under the guidance of his/her supervisor to develop a detailed research proposal according to the departmental guidelines and regulations. The proposal has to be approved by all relevant committees before the candidate can commence with the thesis. The candidate will then continue to work under supervision of his/her supervisor to complete the research and to develop and finalise a thesis according to departmental guidelines and regulations. An oral defence of the thesis may be required as part of the final examination.
Before or on submission of the thesis, the candidate must submit at least one draft article for publication in a recognised academic journal. The draft article should be based on the research the candidate has conducted for the thesis and be approved by the supervisor. The draft article is a necessary condition for the degree to be conferred on the candidate.
The research component (thesis and draft article for publication) contributes 100% towards the total requirement for the degree. All prescribed modules are a prerequisite for the thesis.
An approved module from other programmes in other faculties can also be included with the consent from the Postgraduate Committee and the Postgraduate Committee of the other department concerned.
University of Pretoria Programme Qualification Mix (PQM) verification project
The higher education sector has undergone an extensive alignment to the Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework (HEQF) across all institutions in South Africa. In order to comply with the HEQSF, all institutions are legally required to participate in a national initiative led by regulatory bodies such as the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The University of Pretoria is presently engaged in an ongoing effort to align its qualifications and programmes with the HEQSF criteria. Current and prospective students should take note that changes to UP qualification and programme names, may occur as a result of the HEQSF initiative. Students are advised to contact their faculties if they have any questions.