Master's & doctoral degrees

Master of Laws in Private Law (Full Dissertation)

Qualification code: 90056
NQF level: 9
Total credits: 180
SAQA ID: 101117

Admission requirements

a) A South African LLB degree, or (b) a foreign LLB degree of minimum 4 years' duration, or (c) a B Proc or (d) a Postgraduate Diploma in Law on NQF level 8 OR (e) a foreign LLB degree of minimum 3 year's duration and 4 LLB modules selected from the NQF level 8 modules in the LLB degree of which one must be the compulsory research module or (f) a foreign LLM. In addition to the above requirements, applicants must submit a transcript or an academic record. Admission to the Master's programme is based on the availability of adequate supervisory capacity and research expertise in the discipline or department.


Research master's degree

A research master's degree comprises either a single advanced research project, culminating in the production and acceptance of a dissertation, or a research proposal module (where the outcome is an acceptable research proposal on a research topic). Once this module is finalised, the student may then proceed to register for the research component (ie a dissertation).

Please note: Once you have passed all the modules, but fail the research proposal module, you will not be permitted to continue with the qualification.

Research focus areas

Click here to view a list of departments and research focus areas for the College of Law.


Research outline (not required for coursework LLM degrees)

Unisa’s admission policy has changed and you are now required to submit a detailed research outline for each master's and doctoral qualification for which you apply. No application submitted without a detailed research outline will be considered. Although this research outline may differ for each qualification or academic department, the basic information required is as follows:

  • Title
  • Summary of topic
  • Short literature review
  • Expected contribution of the study
  • Methodology to be followed
  • Availability of the data
  • List of references
  • Reasons why you are interested in the topic

Plagiarism of any form is unacceptable. Please take note of Unisa's Policy for Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism.

Student fees and funding your studies

Application fee

Pay the online application fee of R110,00 once you have received your Unisa student number.

Please note: 

  • The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa or do not qualify for admission to Unisa.
  • An application for a student number does not constitute an application for admission. After you receive your student number, you must still complete the online application for admission and upload the compulsory supporting documents.


Student fees

Click here for the 2019 student fee information. The fee information for the 2020 academic year will be available at the time of registration. 

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Apply for a student number and apply for admission

Applications for admission to Unisa have been extended. Apply now!

Click here to apply for a student number and apply for admission.

Please ensure that you apply for a Unisa student number, apply for admission and upload all the supporting documents during the application period.

Registration

Only students whose application for admission was approved and re-registering students (who made sufficient progress during the current academic year) will be allowed to register online within the approved registration period for the 2020 academic year. No printed registration forms will be accepted.

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Curriculum