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Minimum admission requirements for Masterís and Doctoral studies in the College of Education:

Masters of Education

  • An appropriate Bachelor of Education Honours Degree, or a Postgraduate Diploma, or a 480 credit Bachelor of Education with a minimum of 96 credits at NQF level 8.
  • The average mark obtained for the degree shall be 60%. 
  • All students should have completed a module in research methods and methodologies as part of their previous level 8 qualification. Students who do not meet these requirements may follow an alternative pathway (e.g. RPL, submitting a portfolio of evidence or working through a prescribed reading list - refer to Possible alternative pathways).
  • The application should accord with the various research focus areas/areas of specialisation of the Department, the Departmentís capacity to provide expert supervision and the requisite qualifications listed above.

Doctor of Education

  • An appropriate Master of Education Degree. The average mark obtained for the degree shall be 60%.
  • Students who do not meet this requirement may follow an alternative pathway (e.g. RPL or submitting a portfolio Ė refer to Possible alternative pathways).
  • The application should accord with the various research focus areas/areas of specialisation of the Department, the Departmentís capacity to provide expert supervision and the requisite qualification listed above. 

Supporting documentation to be submitted with application:

For Masters: 

  • All relevant documentation as specified by the Department of Student Admissions and Registrations (DSAR).
  • Students should submit a short concept document (statement of intent) of 500 - 600 words which outlines the intended research area, problem statement and a working title.
  • In addition a list of 5 articles and 2 books that have been consulted to compile the concept document should be provided. These sources should be predominantly recent, with exception of (classical) theories which can only be found in old sources.
  • The Harvard Referencing method should be used.
  • Students should provide a declaration that they have consulted the departmentís website prior to submitting their application and should propose the name of his/her preferred supervisor in his/her concept document.
  • Supervisors in the College supervise across departments. Students are therefore advised to consult the lecturer profiles of other departments in the College when trying to identify a suitable supervisor.

For Doctorate:

  • All relevant documentation as specified by the Department of Student Admissions and Registrations (DSAR).
  • Students should submit a short concept document (statement of intent) of 700 - 800 words which outlines the intended research area, problem statement and a working title.
  • In addition a list of 10 articles and 4 books that have been consulted to compile the concept document should be provided. These sources should be predominantly recent, with exception of (classical) theories which can only be found in old sources.
  • The Harvard Referencing method should be used.
  • Students should provide a declaration that they have consulted the relevant departmentís website prior to submitting their application and should propose the name of his/her preferred supervisor in his/her concept document.

Selection procedures followed in the selection of candidates for postgraduate studies:

All applications will be considered simultaneously by the Departmental Higher Degrees Committee, Chair of the Department, Director of the School and the Head of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research for purposes of fairness and transparency.

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • The Departmentís internal supervision capacity and availability of external supervisors will be the first and most important selection criterion.
  • No applicant will be admitted without a supervisor being allocated to the student. If a student requests to be supervised by a particular supervisor, but the supervisor is not available because of his/her existing supervision load, it is the Departmentís prerogative to allocate an alternative supervisor (internal or external).
  • Further selection will be done based on the following selection criteria (weight attached to each criteria is indicated between brackets as a percentage of the overall evaluation):
    • Studentís academic record and experience in and understanding of research methods (30%);
    • concept document (30%);
    • academic writing skills (30%);
    • addressing of past inequalities by taking race, gender and disability status into consideration (10%).
  • A limited number of students will be admitted annually for the MEd in Socio-education (course work) Ė qualification code 98455. Students who do not qualify for the course work Masterís, may be considered for the full research Masterís in Socio-education if a supervisor is available.
  • The Department will keep record of all applications and reasons will be provided for unsuccessful applications.

For more general information about the Office of Graduate Studies and Research in general, please click here.