Master's & doctoral degrees

Registration FAQs


Registration

I was previously registered for a master’s degree, but did not re-register. Can I register online?

If you did not apply for a formal deferment, you will have to re-apply for admission as spaces are limited for each year.

I tried to register online, but could not find the master’s degree I was previously registered for. What should I do?

This could mean that the qualification you were previously registered for has been phased out and is no longer available. Send an e-mail to the Master’s and Doctoral Administration Section at mandd@unisa.ac.za to apply to re-register (as an exceptional case) or to find out to which qualification you can transfer your studies to. You should re-apply for admission for the new qualification.

I was registered for a master's or doctoral degree during the previous academic year. Must I re-register?

Yes. You have to register and pay annually during the prescribed registration dates.

How often do I have to renew my registration?

You have to register and pay the annual registration fee until you have completed your studies.

What are the registration dates for master's and doctoral qualifications?

Visit Unisa's registration website for more information: www.unisa.ac.za/register.

I am registered for a master’s degree. May I cancel my studies?

Students registered for the research proposal module or a research master's and/or doctoral qualification may cancel their registration. Please, however, take note that the full fees will be forfeited.

I am registered for a research degree. Why must I indicate an examination venue?

You must indicate an examination venue close to where you live for administrative purposes.

May I register for modules for non-degree purposes (NDP) concurrently with my master’s or doctoral degree?

If you are registered for a master’s qualification, you may also register in the same academic year for two undergraduate modules or for one honours paper or the corresponding number of modules on the same level for non-degree purposes (NDP).

If you are registered for a doctoral qualification, you may also register in the same academic year for two undergraduate modules or for one honours paper or one master’s paper or the corresponding number of modules on the same level for non-qualification purposes (NDP). You will only be allowed to register for the honours paper(s) or a master’s paper/module(s) if you comply with the prescribed admission requirements for the honours or master’s qualification concerned.

An application for concurrent registration must be submitted online on the prescribed form at least three weeks before the closing date for registration for the NDP paper/module(s).

I registered for the research proposal module and I did not receive any study material.

No printed study material is available for master’s and doctoral candidates. You have to claim your myLife e-mail address and then register on myUnisa to obtain your study material. Information on the research proposal module is linked per department under “resources”.

It is your responsibility to contact your supervisor/contact person to access departmental requirements. The outcome of the research proposal module is an acceptable title and research proposal.

When must I pay for my research master’s or doctoral studies?

Study fees for research master’s and doctoral studies must be paid in full at the time of registration.


Study

My application was approved and I have registered online. What must I do now?

Claim your free myLife e-mail address, register as a myUnisa user and download your study material. Make contact with your supervisor or the contact person whose name appears on your admission letter as soon as possible after registration.

I am registered for a coursework master’s degree. Can I submit my assignments online?

Yes, but you have to be registered on Unisa’s student portal, myUnisa: https://my.unisa.ac.za/portal.

I missed the deadline for submitting my dissertation/thesis for examination. What must I do?

If you have permission from your supervisor you may submit your dissertation/thesis for examination until the end of February without having to re-register. If submission takes place after the end of February you will have to re-register and pay the full tuition fees for that academic year. A candidate can then expect to graduate in September.

If submission takes place after 15 June, a candidate can expect to graduate in April/May of the following year. If submission takes place after 30 November, graduation will probably take place in September of the following year.

What is the duration of a coursework master’s degree?

Coursework master's degree: A student registered for a 180-credit structured coursework master’s degree must complete the study programme within three years. A student may apply for one additional year of study.

Applications should be submitted to the Master’s and Doctoral Section.

What is the duration for a research master’s degree?

Research master's degree: A student registered for a 180-credit structured research master’s degree must complete the study programme within three years. A student may apply for one additional year of study. Applications should be submitted to the Master’s and Doctoral Section.

What is the duration for a research doctoral degree?

Doctoral degree: A student registered for a research doctoral programme must complete the study programme within six years. A student may apply for one additional year of study. Applications should be submitted to the Master’s and Doctoral Section.

Am I allowed to complete my coursework degree in one year?

Yes, but it is highly unlikely as certain prerequisites are set for each qualification (eg the research proposal must be accepted before registration for the research component will be allowed).

Am I allowed to complete my research degree in one year?

Yes, but it is highly unlikely as you first have to register and comply with the requirements for the research proposal module before registration of the research component may take place

Am I allowed to complete my doctoral degree in one year?

No, a doctoral candidate must be registered for at least two academic years before the submission of the thesis for examination may take place.

What is the role of my supervisor?

Your supervisor is integral to your studies and will assist you in planning your academic year, ensuring that you are aware of all critical milestones and detailing both your and their responsibilities during the course of your studies. Both you and your supervisor will sign a Code of Conduct that governs the conditions of your relationship. The support and guidance of your supervisor will be invaluable during the course of your studies.

My supervisor informed me that my research proposal has been approved. What should I do?

You will receive formal confirmation from the Master’s and Doctoral Section. If you want to add the research component to your current registration you need to complete the additions form on the website and pay the fees by the end of May (inform the M&D section once you have paid) as your registration must be finalised by the end of June. If you do not choose this option, you must re-register and pay during the next registration period. This is only advised if you are intending to complete your studies in that particular year.

If you do not receive confirmation within two weeks of your supervisor informing you of the outcome, please contact the Master’s and Doctoral Section on mandd@unisa.ac.za.

I am in my final stages of my studies and I am almost ready to submit my dissertation/thesis for examination. What is the process?

You must be registered for the dissertation/thesis in the current academic year to be able to submit your research for examination. Doctoral candidates must be registered for at least two academic years before they may submit for examination. When the thesis nears completion, the candidate must complete Annexure 14 Notice of Intention to submit to inform the university of his or her intention to submit for examination. Please discuss your intention with your supervisors before you submit the form to the university.

The form is available on the application website. The form must be completed and e-mailed to Resexcoord@unisa.ac.za.

Candidates are advised to submit the form at least eight weeks prior to submitting the copies for examination (normally 30 September for the Autumn graduation period of the next year and 15 April for the Spring graduation period).


Contact details

How can I contact the Master’s and Doctoral Administration?

Contact the Master’s and Doctoral Administration on mandd@unisa.ac.za or 012 441 5708 (011 471 3296 for students from the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences).

Should you wish to submit your thesis for examination, please complete the Annexure 14 Notice of Intention after discussion your intention with your supervisor. The form is available on the application website. The form must be completed and e-mailed to Resexcoord@unisa.ac.za.

Last modified: Mon Feb 27 07:46:55 SAST 2017