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Anthropology and Archaeology

Master's and Doctoral Degrees

Registration for the master's or doctoral degree at Unisa takes place between the beginning of July and the end of March. Please contact the Directorate Student Admissions and Registrations (DSAR) at telephone number (012) 441-5549 or (012) 429 2748 or fax number (012) 429-4150 (email: for an application form. The university calendar is available on the Unisa website under various links (access my Choice, my Registration, my Studies and my Modules). 

Application Phase

First-time students at Unisa must apply for admission on the prescribed form which is to be submitted together with the correct application fees, as well as the documents required for registration.  Apply on-line or contact us via email address: or

Once the data has been recorded, the system will allocate a student number which will be confirmed via e-mail, sms or mail depending on the contact details indicated on your application form. A registration package containing the relevant information brochure(s) and registration form will be mailed to you.

Registration Phase

Students who already have a Unisa student number proceed directly to the registration phase. Once a student number has been allocated to an individual, this student number will remain his/her student number at Unisa for all formal qualifications. Honours students may apply on-line for registration after the registration period for the particular academic year has opened.

However, masterís and doctoral students cannot apply on-line and are advised to submit their applications directly to Unisa Muckleneuk Campus, PO Box 392, Unisa 0003. Regional offices can only forward masterís and doctoral applications to the Muckleneuk Campus.

The registration form together with the minimum instalment required for registration must be submitted before the relevant closing date. Students must please take note that certain degrees are by selection and have earlier closing dates than the normal registration closing dates. Any documents required for registration submitted must be included here, if not previously submitted.

Kindly note that only original transcripts or academic records issued by the Registrar of the University/Institution concerned are accepted for registration purposes. Degree certificates should not be submitted.

All applications for masterís and doctoral degrees will be referred to the Section: Senior Qualifications where they will be assessed before being referred to the relevant academic department where the Executive Committee will rule on admission.

If approved, students who have submitted their complete application (i.e. all required documents and minimum fees) will automatically be registered after admission has been approved. Other students will be informed of any remaining conditions to be complied with in order to finalise their registration. All other students will be informed of the outcome of their applications and where applicable, the minimum study fees paid will be refunded.

The process outlined above may be time consuming in some cases, especially when we approach the various closing dates when most applications are invariably submitted. It is, therefore, essential that prospective students apply well in advance, especially where deadlines set by employers and sponsors have to be met.

Your application will be forwarded to the Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology for evaluation and you will duly be informed whether it has been accepted and of the appointment of a promoter and joint-promoter.

Important notice: All prospective master's and doctoral students should first contact the department before applying for registration (first-time students at Unisa) or registering (students who already have a student number).