Master's & doctoral studies
Apply for a student number and apply for admission
Application dates 2015
Online for all master's and doctoral qualifications
Monday 15 September 2014
Friday 14 November 2014
1. Application for a student number
Who must apply for a Unisa student number?
You must obtain a Unisa student number if you have never before studied towards a formal qualification at Unisa. Student numbers issued for Unisa's short learning programmes are not valid for formal qualifications. No application will be processed without a valid student number.
You need not re-apply for a student number if you already have a student number for a formal qualification.
How to apply for a Unisa student number
- Apply online for a student number: http://applications.unisa.ac.za/ and pay the non-refundable application fee of R100* (online payment by credit card is available when applying online).
- Your application for a student number will only be finalised upon receipt of the application fee. Please note the application fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa or do not qualify for admission to your qualification of choice.
- Upload your identify document, passport or birth certificate.
* Some exceptions may apply.
Pay application fee
Pay the online application fee of R100,00 (online payment by credit card is available). This fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa or do not qualify for admission to Unisa. Unisa does not accept cash at any of its offices. You may deposit cash into the university’s Standard Bank account:
- Payment information for students living in South Africa
- Payment information for international students
- International students must pay fees via SWIFT payment:
- Beneficiary: Unisa student deposits;
- Standard Bank;
- Account number: 011554622;
- Branch code: 010645;
- SWIFT code: SBZAZAJJ
Please e-mail proof of SWIFT payment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Application for admission
Who should apply for admission?
- First-time application for master's or doctoral qualification.
- If you previously applied for admission to a master’s or doctoral qualification and did not register (for whatever reason), you must re-apply for admission to the qualification.
- If you were previously registered for a qualification, applied for a formal deferment and received formal approval, you do not need to re-apply for admission.
How to apply for admission
- Complete and submit your application online: http://applications.unisa.ac.za/MD
- You must have a valid e-mail address so that Unisa can communicate with you during the application process
- You must upload all the necessary supporting documents as part of the online application process. E-mailed documents will not be accepted. You will have 10 working days from when you apply to upload your supporting documents. The 10 days do not apply after the closing date for applications:
- Certified copies of all official academic records stating all papers passed and percentages obtained.
- Certified copies of your ID document, passport or birth certificate.
- A research outline, CV and any additional documents as indicated in the admission requirements for the specific degree or on the relevant departmental website.
- A research outline - this document describes your intended research and comprises a two to five page expression of interest essay describing the following:
- Short literature review
- Potential contribution of the study
- Potential unit of analysis
- Access to the research context
t (include the method you plan on using)
- Personal motivation to pursue studies on this topic
- List of references (using the Harvard referencing method OR in the case of the Department of Psychology “APA”)
- CV and any additional documents as indicated in the admission requirements for the specific degree or on the relevant departmental website.
- Please note that academic departments have different dates on which selection for master's and doctoral qualifications will take place.
- No late or incomplete applications will be considered.
Rules for uploading supporting documents
Unisa does not provide scanners or electronic devices. Please ensure your documents are in an electronic format (as stipulated below) before starting the application process.
- Each document must be uploaded as a separate file.
- Files cannot be larger than 2MB (2048KB) each.
- Maximum number of files allowed: 5 (combine similar items as one file, eg all school certificates as one file).
- Only black and white documents may be uploaded.
- Only the following file types are allowed:
- PDF (Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format file),
- DOC (Word document file) or
- TIF (image file)
What will Unisa do upon receiving your application?
Unisa will assess your application to ensure that you meet the necessary admission requirements. Your application will then be referred to the relevant academic department, where a selection process will take place. Please note that this selection process will only take place after the closing date for applications.
You will receive notification of the outcome of your application no later than the end of February 2015.
What happens next?
- Successful application - Unisa will confirm this via e-mail and will also provide you with the contact details of a specific member of staff within the relevant academic department – please ensure that you make contact with this person after registration.
- Unsuccessful application - Unisa will inform you of this via e-mail.
You must register online for your approved qualification during the prescribed registration period. If you want to change the qualification for which you have applied and received confirmation, you will need to re-apply for admission during the next academic year.