Honours degrees & postgraduate diplomas

If you don’t meet the minimum admission requirements for honours degrees and postgraduate diplomas

Where to start?

You need to understand why you do not qualify for the qualification for which you have applied, for example: You did not complete a specific subject (eg Economics) as a major and you do not, therefore, qualify for an Honours degree in Economics, or you do not meet all the admission requirements for the postgraduate qualification (eg a 60% average at third-year level for the major subject).

If your application for admission to a qualification or to both qualifications of choice is rejected, you may appeal the outcome of your application, either on the basis that you believe the decision was an error on the part of the university or that further supporting documents may result in a different outcome regarding your application for admission. Click here for the FAQs for honours degrees and postgraduate diplomas for more information.

There is a possibility for admission to postgraduate diplomas and honours degrees through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), provided you have knowledge gained from extensive, relevant working experience that directly relates to the postgraduate diploma(s) and/or honours qualification(s) you want to apply for. The first step is to decide on which postgraduate diploma or honours qualification(s) you wish to study and then to apply for these qualifications during the application period. Unsuccessful applicants may then contact the relevant RPL academic coordinator for more information and to obtain an RPL application form. Click here for more information.

What else can you consider?

You need to think about your career vision and what you need from your qualification, for example: You applied for an Honours degree in Psychology because you are planning to also complete a master’s degree to register as a psychologist. In this case, it would be important for you to explore how you can meet the requirements for the honours degree (eg by completing relevant undergraduate modules at third-year level to meet the requirements). Unisa may not be able to grant you an opportunity to complete modules for non-degree purposes. It is therefore important that you also explore options at other universities.

In other instances, you may think about exploring other study option, for example: You have completed a degree and now need a management qualification to progress. Can you consider a management development programme through a business school to meet this need? Even another option is to focus on obtaining relevant practical experience to broaden your career opportunities.

You may need to reconsider your career vision and think about other study options to link to your career development.

Who can you talk to if you want to reconsider or adjust your career plans?

Contact a Unisa career counsellor at counselling@unisa.ac.za to have a conversation about your career and appropriate study options.

Last modified: 2023/08/30