The aim of the programme is to empower students with the competencies to design and execute research projects, and produce postgraduate students equipped with the knowledge, skills and motivation to conduct research and publish their research findings. The Faculty may award the degree Master of Arts (MA) in the following disciplines, subject to the general regulations for Master's degree studies.
Prospective candidates must be in possession of a relevant Bachelor's degree at NQF Level 8 with at least a C grade average (i.e. 60%), or a good postgraduate diploma from a recognised institution.
Subject to the relevant regulations for admission to postgraduate studies, a candidate should have completed at least two years of field experience in social work to qualify for admission to the MA programme in Social Work.
Candidates who intend to pursue MA degree studies should approach the head of the department in which they intend to undertake their studies before 31 October of the year preceding intended registration.
Prospective candidates will be required to write a one page submission to articulate the goals of their undertaking MA studies, and the Faculty reserves the right to interview applicants.
Submission of an application for admission to the MA programme does not ensure admission to the programme.
The MA programme consists of two parts. In the first year, students will complete their academic coursework studies and examinations. In the second year, students write a research thesis.
Duration of Studies:
The MA degree cannot be completed in less than two (2) years of study. Candidates will have the option of conducting their MA studies on a full-time or part-time basis. Full time candidates should complete their studies within three (3) calendar years. Part-time candidates will be allowed up to five (5) years to complete their studies. An extension of the registration period of up to six (6) months beyond the stipulated deadlines may be granted by relevant committees if valid reasons are advanced.
Year 1, Semester 1
The Research Process
Qualitative Research Design
* Quantitative Research Design
* Creative Research Design
Year 1, Semester 2
Seminars and Presentations
Writing Proposals, Reports and Publishing
Year 2, Semester 1
Year 2, Semester 2
* = students have to select one of the marked courses