Master's & doctoral degrees

Master of Science in Geography (Full Dissertation)

Qualification code: 98004
NQF level: 9
Total credits: 180
SAQA ID: 6095

Admission requirements

An appropriate Bachelor Honours Degree (NQF Level 8) (or equivalent) in Geography or a related field. A student who is admitted on the strength of an equivalent qualification and who has not completed a module in research methodology may be required to complete such a module at NQF level 8 for non-degree purposes (NDP) before he/she will be allowed to register for the research proposal. In addition to the above requirements, all applicants must submit a transcript or an academic record, an updated CV as well as a 5-page research concept document within the scope of the research group.
Students will be accepted on the following criteria: Suitability and viability of the intended research, adequate supervisory capacity and research expertise in the discipline or department. An approved selection procedure which is in line with Unisa's policies on equality and diversity in the discipline or department will be implemented. Students who are awaiting Honours examination results must still submit applications by the due date. Applications will be considered once results become available.

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 Agriculture & Environmental Sciences.

Research outline

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.


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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