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1 This brochure is for all prospective master s and doctoral students who are considering my Unisa Unisa as their university of choice for postgraduate study in Please note that applications must be made online at unless otherwise stated.

2 Table of contents Choose Unisa The colleges College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences College of Economic and Management Sciences College of Education College of Human Sciences College of Law College of Science, Engineering and Technology Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership Unisa School of Graduate Studies Unisa Library Make the right choice Readiness for postgraduate study questionnaire Important things to consider before you apply: The foundation of master s and doctoral studies Admission requirements Recognition of prior learning (RPL) Documentation that must accompany your application Difference between research and coursework master s degree Time required for processing an application Degrees by selection Qualifications offered Once you have been accepted The role of the supervisor The Research Proposal Module Funding your studies MBA, MBL and DBL qualifications Choose a qualification Qualification tables including admission requirements Apply A summary of the application process Registration The research proposal The information contained in this brochure was accurate at the time of publication (31 July 2011). For updates, please go to the Unisa website or to the Unisa mobi site

3 Contact details Website: Mobi: Application dates for the 2012 academic year All master s and doctoral students, with or without a Unisa student number, must apply online (unless otherwise stated) to study through Unisa in 2012 during one of the three application periods. You are advised to apply as early as possible, as this will influence how much time remains to complete the Research Proposal Module. 1 August 2011 to 15 September January 2012 to 10 February March 2012 to 26 April 2012 Application requirements documents and fees Note that your application must be accompanied by the following: Certified supporting documents, scanned and available to upload: - ID document (South African citizens) or passport (international students) - Marriage/divorce documents (if applicable) - Complete and incomplete academic records (including the scoring legend) - Any other additional documents indicated on the admission requirements - Sworn translations of documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans - International students proof of meeting English language requirement Application fee - R100,00 (only applicable if you do not have a Unisa student number for formal studies) my Unisa

4 Thank you for considering Unisa Dear prospective master s and doctoral students I am delighted that you are considering Unisa as your university of choice for postgraduate study in Unisa has a proud history in South Africa, going as far back as 1873, and for nearly 140 years we ve been helping students achieve their qualifications through correspondence teaching - and now, open distance learning. We are cognisant of the challenges - but also the rewards - of pursuing your studies independently. The university, therefore, makes every reasonable attempt to support you throughout this process. As a university and community of academics, we have empathy for your postgraduate journey and have created a framework to support you in your studies - your success is, after all, our success. Our academic staff members are appointed because of their competence, expertise, quality and integrity in their respective fields and disciplines, and because they have the stated desire to share this knowledge. We have more than 80 NRF-rated researchers among whom are eight internationally acclaimed, leading researchers. Completing your master s or doctoral studies will require commitment and dedication; there may even be some tears and frustration. However, I believe that the final outcome is an unparalleled joy and achievement, both personally and for the world to see. I wish you every success with your studies and look forward to seeing you at the graduation ceremony when I will be able to warmly welcome you to the Unisa family of postgraduate achievers. Sincere regards and the best of luck. Prof Mandla S Makhanya Principal and Vice-Chancellor Unisa July

5 A summary of Unisa s application process 1 Choose your qualification What must I do? 2 Check the admission requirements Use the information on pages 19 to 27 to confirm your decision to begin your master s or doctoral postgraduate studies. Check the tables on pages 30 to 67 to ensure that Unisa offers the qualification of your choice. Please check the admission requirements carefully to ensure that you meet the minimum admission criteria for the qualification of your choice. 3 Complete the application form online, submitting all necessary documents and paying the application fee online* *the application fee is not applicable if you have an existing Unisa student number for formal studies OR Contact the department for qualifications with selection processes* *(this information is available on the website; also refer to page 26) In order for your application to be considered, please ensure that all the relevant documentation, certified, is attached. In addition, you will need to include the proposed title for your research in your application (applicable to research master s and doctoral degrees). What will Unisa do? 4 Confirm receipt of the application via or SMS Application dates: 1 August 2011 to 15 September 2011 What will Unisa do? Revert within 21 working days after the close of applications with: An acceptance OR A request for further information OR What I must do? Register online for the Research Proposal Module OR Respond to all requests 16 January 2012 to 10 February March 2012 to 26 April 2012 In the case of a coursework master s degree, you will register for the modules of your choice. Once you have registered, all the relevant study material will become available to you online at A detailed list of additional requirements will be provided to you. Depending on the nature of the requirements you may need to defer your application to the next application period or re-apply after you have met the requirements. A declined application my Unisa

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7 Choose Unisa Embarking on master s and doctoral postgraduate study is a life-changing experience, both for your career and for personal growth. Approached correctly it will be extremely rewarding, an intellectual adventure. It can, however, also be daunting and deeply disappointing, and it remains your responsibility to take advantage of the resources available to you as a postgraduate student at Unisa. This brochure contains useful information that will assist you in reaffirming Unisa as your postgraduate university of choice and ensure that you comply with the requirements of the application process. It also outlines some of the initial challenges that you may face as you embark on your master s or doctoral studies. This brochure will assist you in answering some of these important questions: Why is Unisa a good option for postgraduate study? Does Unisa offer postgraduate study in my chosen area of specialisation? What are the key steps in the application process? What are my qualification options and do I fulfil the admission criteria for my chosen qualification? The most important question, however, is one that this brochure cannot answer: Are you ready for the personal challenge of postgraduate study? It is a decision not to be taken lightly. It will demand commitment, academic maturity, discipline, but most of all a true desire to acquire knowledge and to stretch the parameters of your mind. my Unisa

8 Unisa a pillar of the academic community Unisa is a university with a proud history; a story that began in South Africa but one that has now reached the greater African continent and the world, thanks to the continued dedication and aspirations of our academic staff. As a university, our reputation and academic ethos are a direct reflection of our people. People that are so passionate about their fields of interest and supportive of learning in others that it seems to diminish their vocation by calling them staff or lecturers. Rather a philosophy of mentorship exists, particularly with our master s and doctoral students. When you are accepted to Unisa for master s or doctoral studies, you are welcomed into our academic community with a wealth of knowledge, guidance and support to assist you in achieving success. Our master s and doctoral students, along with our academic community, are the lifeblood of this university. Our focused approach, with several research initiatives in place, ensures that we consistently produce world-class research, in many instances with strong local and African relevance. In addition, our number of NRF-rated researchers is increasing exponentially year on year and we have shown a steady increase in research outputs over the last seven years. In the section that follows we introduce you to our colleges and their fields of expertise, the Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership and the Unisa School of Graduate Studies. We also provide a brief overview of the Unisa Library facilities and their benefits for master s and doctoral students. Contents to this section Page number College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences 9 College of Economic and Management Sciences 10 College of Education 11 College of Human Sciences 12 College of Law 13 College of Science, Engineering and Technology 14 Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership 15 Unisa School of Graduate Studies 16 Unisa Library 17 8

9 The colleges Each one of our colleges and departments at Unisa has specific focus areas for master s and doctoral students. It is important that prospective students ensure that their areas of interest and proposed research topics align with the expertise that is available within these departments. We have therefore included a brief summary of the colleges to guide your decision-making process. You are advised to visit the college websites for more information. College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences comprises two schools: the School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the School of Environmental Sciences. Within these two schools are four academic departments offering master s and doctoral degrees in more than seven disciplines, ranging from Consumer Sciences to Geography. Students are welcome in all areas of these disciplines, and master s and doctoral students enjoy further interaction with our research units and focus areas. These include Biotechnology for Health and the Environment, Responsible Consumerism, Agribusiness, Science for Rural Development and ABEERU (Applied Behavioural Ecology & Ecosystem Research) which provides great advantage to our students as these are transdisciplinary units with significant international participation and interest. These units were created to conduct basic and applied research to solve industry-related problems. This integrated approach has clear academic and practical value, and is in line with Unisa s education philosophy and of the approach followed by the National Research Foundation of establishing and supporting research focus areas involving transdisciplinary research teams. We pride ourselves on both the number and quality of our postgraduate students and provide many opportunities for practical application, such as close working relationships with government and industry partnerships with national bodies like parks boards, research councils and municipalities, as well as international universities like the University of Lancashire and Liverpool in the UK who work closely with CAES researchers, creating an opportunity for students to do joint research locally and internationally my Unisa

10 College of Economic and Management Sciences The College of Economic and Management Sciences comprises three schools: the School of Accounting Sciences, the School of Economic Sciences and the School of Management Sciences, as well as the Institute for Corporate Citizenship and the Bureau of Market Research. Both the institute and the bureau are renowned research establishments and contribute meaningfully to industry and education. Within these 3 schools are 13 academic departments offering master s and doctoral degrees in more than 19 disciplines, ranging from Taxation to Economics, Human Resource Management, and Industrial and Organisational Psychology. Throughout the college research is continually undertaken in association with business to ensure that the relevance of all course material is maintained. By registering for a master s or doctoral degree in this college you will enjoy the support of either an NRF-rated or experienced supervisor. You will also have the opportunity to conduct focused and meaningful research in one or more exciting fields, enabling you to make a difference to your community and the business industry. 10

11 College of Education The newly established College of Education, which previously operated as the School of Education within the College of Human Sciences, is proud to have been mandated by Council and the university s management to play a pivotal role in assisting the Ministry of Basic Education in the education and training of qualified and professional teachers from the Foundation to the Further Education and Training levels in this country. Our ultimate goal is not only to play a critical role in improving the quality of teaching and learning in our schools and classrooms particularly in the fields of science, mathematics, early childhood education, special needs education, educational management, technology and languages education but also to be engaged in transdisciplinary research that helps us gain deeper insights into curriculum and instruction, student learning, assessment, teacher learning and educational reform in general. As a postgraduate student within this college you will have the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking and life-changing research initiatives, both for South Africa and the African continent, supported by a team of committed and passionate lecturers who are not only organic intellectuals but some of the best NRF-rated education researchers in the country. The College of Education focuses on research into specialised areas of education, which include the following: Adult Basic Education and Training Comparative Education Didactics Early Childhood Education and Development Education Management History of Education Inclusive Education Philosophy and Psychology of Education Socio-education Adult Education Curriculum Studies Environmental Education Guidance and Counselling Mathematical and Natural Science Education Technology Education As a college that is committed to the study, research and teaching of education as a discipline, an Institute of Higher Education Research is also being established to focus on the study of policy and practice issues in higher education and training. In addition, continuing and professional teacher education will be handled by the newly established Centre for Continuing, Professional Training and Development by utilising an inquiry model to CPTD that focuses on the teacher as a researcher in enhancing their pedagogical content and subject matter knowledge in particular. The college currently comprises four departments and one school. As of 1 January 2012, plans are underway to establish a second school and six more departments. These departments are supported by a fully-fledged Teaching Practice Department which will soon be expanded to assist foreign students, an office of Tuition and Learner Support and an Office of Graduate Studies to support our master s and doctoral postgraduate students. To fulfil our mandate of being an engaged university, the college is re-establishing the Unisa Centre of Early Childhood Education into a state-of-the-art multifunctional unit that will be used for teaching and research, as well as assisting children from the neighbourhood. Ours is a continuous quest for a new democratic vision of learning, teaching, and school and classroom management that results in effective and transformative education for our children today and tomorrow as we remove barriers to learning. my Unisa

12 College of Human Sciences The College of Human Sciences comprises two schools: the School of Arts and the School of Social Sciences and Theology, as well as two research institutes the Institute for Social and Health Sciences and the Research Institute for Theology and Religion. In addition the college also hosts the Institute of Gender Studies, the Unisa Art Gallery and the Museum for Anthropology and Archaeology. Within these 2 schools are 22 academic departments offering master s and doctoral degrees in more than 32 disciplines, ranging from languages to humanities, social sciences and theology. The School of Arts hosts more than 20 languages from Arabic to Zulu and includes disciplines such as Information and Communication Sciences, Visual and Musical Arts, Linguistics and Theory of Literature, Anthropology and Archaeology The School of Social Sciences and Theology invites exploration into fields such as history, development studies, politics and philosophy. Five departments focus on various aspects of theology covering disciplines as diverse as Old and New Testament, Missiology, Church History, Systematic and Practical Theology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Alternatively you may find an academic home in one of the professional areas of study such as psychology, social work or health studies., We pride ourselves on both the number and the quality of our postgraduate students and are investing resources in postgraduate students in a number of ways, such as a dedicated Office for Graduate Studies to provide support to master s and doctoral students and their supervisors hosting workshops in the regions on research proposal writing, statistical support and other relevant subject matter appointing online mentors for master s and doctoral students who would like another perspective on their research journey By registering for a master s or doctoral degree in this college you will enjoy the support of either an NRF-rated or experienced supervisor. You will also have the opportunity to conduct focused and meaningful research in one or more exciting fields, enabling you to make a difference to your community. And soon you too will join the ranks of the 174 master s and 105 doctoral students who were awarded their degrees in one of the Human Sciences during

13 College of Law The College of Law comprises two schools: the School of Law and the School of Criminal Justice. Within these two schools are eight academic departments offering master s and doctoral degrees in various disciplines in law and criminal justice. The purpose of our master s and doctoral qualifications is to equip graduates with knowledge, specific skills and applied competence to ensure that they will have opportunities for continued personal intellectual growth and gainful economic activity, and will be able to make valuable contributions to society. We are investing resources in postgraduate students in a number of ways, such as a dedicated office for Graduate Studies to provide support to master s and doctoral students and their supervisors hosting workshops in the regions on research proposal writing and relevant subject matter my Unisa

14 College of Science, Engineering and Technology The College of Science, Engineering and Technology comprises 3 schools: the School of Science, the School of Engineering and the School of Computing. Within these 3 schools are 8 academic departments offering master s and doctoral degrees in more than 11 disciplines, ranging from Chemistry and Mathematical Science to Civil and Industrial Engineering and Computing. A complement of more than 20 NRF-rated researchers within this college ensures that master s and doctoral students receive support of the highest quality throughout their studies. In addition, the college places a significant focus on research, particularly multidisciplinary research clearly aligned to the research goals and strategies of Unisa. The 6 flagship projects are: Flagship 1: Flagship 2: Flagship 3: Flagship 4: Flagship 5: Flagship 6: Creating enabling open distance learning and teaching environments for disciplines in Science, Engineering and Technology Topology Ecotoxicology Research Fuel Cell & Nanotechnology Water Research Human Computer Interaction By registering for a master s or doctoral degree in this college you will enjoy interaction with fellow postgraduate students, exposure to the flagship projects and a wealth of knowledge and research from the NRF-rated researchers within the college. 14

15 Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership The Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) is an autonomous academic department within the College of Economic and Management Sciences at Unisa. In 1965, following the advice and active support of senior South African business leaders, Unisa decided to introduce a Master of Business Leadership (MBL). The success of this programme, coupled with the unique characteristics associated with a multidisciplinary degree led, in 1969, to the establishment of the SBL as an autonomous body within the university. As its name and that of its flagship programme (the MBL) indicate, the emphasis from the start has been on leadership development as opposed to administration. Regarded as one of the top three business schools in South Africa, the SBL has produced more than a third of all the MBL/MBA degrees awarded by South African universities since its inception. Driven by a philosophy of innovation, social responsibility, ethical engagement and global connectedness, the success of the SBL s approach is demonstrated daily by achievements of the people and organisations who have participated in their programmes. More than 150 of the MBL graduates appear in the Who s Who of Southern Africa, and many SBL alumni hold senior positions in world-class companies. my Unisa

16 Unisa School of Graduate Studies The Unisa School of Graduate Studies is already significantly advanced in achieving its goals of providing a central hub for master s and doctoral support, actively promoting and facilitating transdisciplinary research and creating a centre for academic excellence, debate and creative thinking. It includes three research institutes and a Department of Science and Technology endowed chair which focus on various interdisciplinary fields: Institute of African Renaissance Studies Institute of Open and Distance Learning Institute of Science and Technology Education South African Research Chair in Development Education In addition, the staff have research expertise in the following specialisations: Genocide studies Semantic computing and natural language processing Intergroup conflict, tolerance and emotions Heritage and archive South African political and historical studies Theoretical discourses around inter/transdisciplinarity Research in higher education Indigenous/endogenous knowledges Most important for the Unisa School of Graduate Studies is the creation of a research community, whose primary purpose is to nurture master s and doctoral researchers within a supportive academic environment. Benefits for master s and doctoral students include: Commitment to excellence in advanced research methodology, research tools, resources and technologies, and supervision A unique focus on national and international basic and applied inter/transdisciplinary research programmes Dedication to community engagement and the creation of vibrant virtual communities of best practice in all our activities Ambition to introduce a state-of-the-art virtual research platform using sophisticated technologies Diverse and expert dedicated academic and administrative staff Please contact us directly for any enquiries pertaining to the above benefits at 16

17 Unisa Library A crucial component of successfully completing your master s or doctoral degree is access to sufficient and relevant literature sources. As a master s and doctoral student at Unisa, you not only have access to the largest academic library in Africa, with over 2 million items, but also the services of a dedicated personal librarian, who is available to assist with training in the use of subject databases and in locating relevant material for your research. As a registered master s and doctoral student you also have access to the following: the reference collection housed within the library current periodical titles housed within the library more than full-text electronic journals more than e-books 443 subject databases the special and archival collections of unique and in some cases rare book collections loans of up to 16 books and eight audiovisual items an interlibrary loan service e-newspapers, e-theses and dissertations, and e-reference sources my Unisa

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19 Make the right choice How ready am I for my master s and doctoral postgraduate studies at Unisa? You are a successful student. You have completed the necessary undergraduate or honours degree to qualify for postgraduate study. Can you remember what it was like and what you wish you had known before you started? The aim of this section is to stimulate your thinking about, and planning for, further studies. How does your postgraduate choice influence your career development? It is an opportunity to re-examine your career vision and consider what needs changing. We suggest that you look at this from three points of view: personal development needs, knowledge of the field and career prospects. While these three points are interlinked, they may have different emphases according to your circumstances. If these three points are in balance, you increase your chances of completing your studies successfully and reconnecting more purposefully with your career path. Integrating personal and career needs At this point, your postgraduate studies may be motivated by a balance between experience and academic sophistication. From a professional and personal point of view, you may see it as a sense of completion or as a way of enhancing your career. Or it might provide entertainment value, that is, a useful way of occupying your time or your contribution to humanity. The degree is not about career mobility as such, but rather about life enhancement. Are your expectations of postgraduate studies in balance with your current career needs, as well as the changes you anticipate for the future? How much information have you gathered in order to assess the possible value of the future of your studies? Were you able to do some job shadowing? If not, we recommend that you conduct at least an informational interview to refine your career ideas. Demands of postgraduate study Would you enjoy training in research where, on the one hand, you have to be skilful with the practical elements (research, analysis, writing and presentation) and, on the other hand, be masterful in the theory and methodology of a knowledge domain? Postgraduate study demands time, energy and commitment. How well are you able to tolerate frustration when faced with negative feedback, for example? This section on motivation and goals indicates how deeply you have thought about the possible impact of your postgraduate studies on your life. The more clearly defined your goals are, the better your chances of completing your studies. Internal sense of control refers to how well you focus your will, your heart and your mind on the task at hand. You take responsibility for your actions, and you manage your stress and your relationships. my Unisa

20 Deepening of academic skills Postgraduate study requires a deepening of your academic skills in order to make a contribution to knowledge creation. Knowledge creation is the apex of postgraduate achievement. The workload at postgraduate level demands that you do more work on your own (reading, making notes and reflecting) when compared to undergraduate level. You set the timeline for the study goals you wish to achieve. The sections on time management, study responsibility and academic preparedness provide guidelines, but how well you progress with your postgraduate studies depends on your ability to assimilate information generated by these questions. Journey of discovery The biggest challenge that confronts you at this point is to extend your thinking and capacity to find and integrate information. In order to find an appropriate topic, your ability to use advanced search functions on the computer and extensive use of the library is very important. How quickly can you become more skilful? Finally, postgraduate studies have equal amounts of sorrow and joy. Nobody can teach you how to find the balance; it is a journey of discovery. Factors that contribute to success According to Dominguez (2006: 22-23) there are internal factors that you should consider developing before you start and, external factors that the institution should have in place: Internal Planning abilities Map goals and objectives of thesis/dissertation project Link tasks to specific due dates Adjust your plans as the project unfolds Refine your writing strategies as you progress Personal characteristics A positive orientation to life Hard working and focussed on the project Flexible, disciplined, confident and resilient Communication skills Reflect on the feedback provided Express ideas Convey concerns Communicate proactively, do not sit back and wait to be told External Support from the supervisor Someone who understands your academic and individual skills Someone who guides you through your rewrites in a way that inspires you Someone who is focussed on your success and from whom you welcome feedback Family support Provide relief and support as you progress with your thesis/dissertation Institutional support Provide training workshops that develop and promote interpersonal and goal setting skills and encourage resiliency skills The institution is committed to the postgraduate students and have a number of strategies in place that push them to completion 20

21 What can you do to meet the challenges? We suggest that you work through this check list to gauge how ready you are for postgraduate study. Please note that the following points provide a framework of the necessary skills. There are no right or wrong answers, so be as honest as you can. Use this check list and simply indicate Yes or No to each of the statements below. Then use the feedback to decide which adjustments you should make to be an effective student. We trust that this framework will help you to succeed and graduate. Postgraduate career choice and motivation I expect to succeed with my postgraduate studies because: 1 There is a match among my personal development needs, knowledge of the field and my career prospects 2 I have a personal need to engage with knowledge creation 3 I want to fill the gaps in my knowledge of the field 4 I could earn a higher salary (I have checked that this is true) 5 I expect greater job security (I have checked that this is true) 6 I could access flexible work options (I have checked that this is true) 7 I could access employee benefits (I have checked that this is true) 8 I could be involved with social responsibility programmes (I have checked that this is true) 9 It could increase my abilities to work in Africa (I have checked that this is true) 10 It could increase my abilities to work internationally (I have checked that this is true) 11 I could influence the ethical behaviour of organisations in greater depth (I have checked that this is true) Yes No Motivation and goals I expect to succeed with my postgraduate studies because: 12 It fits with my interests, abilities, values and goals 13 When I set my sights on an end result I usually achieve it, therefore I am goal-directed 14 My goals are clear, therefore I am self-motivated 15 I know what I need to do in order to reach my goals, therefore I am a self-starter 16 I expect to succeed with my postgraduate studies as it will further improve my ability to grasp complex information or to see problems from a different perspectives 17 I expect to succeed with my postgraduate studies as there is a match between my studies and the motivation and goals of the organisation that I work for 18 I like to get things done today and not to put them off for tomorrow, therefore I do not procrastinate Yes No my Unisa

22 Internal sense of control Yes No 19 I have made arrangements so that my studies are my priority until I graduate 20 I see myself as a hard worker who is willing to make personal sacrifices to complete my thesis/dissertation 21 I start and finish tasks on time, therefore I am self-disciplined 22 I prefer to sort out difficulties on my own, therefore I am able to work independently 23 I make a plan to cope with problems, therefore I do not give up easily 24 I know how to manage my stress levels 25 I am willing to master new and difficult ideas in order to be capable of doing postgraduate level work Time management and study responsibility Yes No 26 In order to be successful with my postgraduate studies, I acknowledge the value of working systematically (do things step-by-step, therefore I am an organised person) 27 I put aside enough study time and I know how to use this time effectively 28 I have a strong support person in my immediate circle of family and friends 29 I find study help when I need it, therefore I consider myself a responsible student 30 I am willing to participate in programmes that prepare me for postgraduate university studies 31 I am aware of the financial costs that accompany postgraduate studies Academic preparedness Yes No 32 I am confident of my ability to meet the thesis/dissertation requirements at postgraduate level 33 I am confident of my ability to read effectively at postgraduate level (sorting important from less important sources) 34 I am confident of my ability to make notes at postgraduate level (experiment with different styles) 35 I am confident of my ability to write at postgraduate level (write 1-2 pages every day, proof read and then rewrite) 36 I am confident of my ability to develop deeper insight into my subject matter at postgraduate level (reflect on my learning as I progress) Topic selection Yes No 37 I have considered the possible impact of race, gender, culture and community-centredness on my topic 38 I am able to accommodate feedback from supervisors 39 I have read widely in the field and have an idea of a possible topic 40 I am sure that it is feasible to sustain my interest in the possible topic 22

23 Computer and information management skills 41 I am confident that my computer skills are adequate for my studies at postgraduate level 42 I know how to use the advanced search functions on the internet to search for specific information 43 I know how to use a library to search for specific information Yes No What now? Count the statements to which you answered Yes : statements: Postgraduate study will suit you - if you do experience problems later in your studies, feel free to make use of the support services that Unisa offers statements: We suggest that you familiarise yourself with the support services that Unisa offers as soon as you register statements: We recommend that you make use of the support services that Unisa offers statements: We strongly recommend that you make use of the support services that Unisa offers. We want to help you find an appropriate plan of study for your degree. If you would like more help deciding whether postgraduate study is the appropriate career development decision for you at this moment, please make an appointment with a counsellor at the Directorate for Counselling, Career and Academic Development. Adapted from: Dominguez, R. (2006). Completing the dissertation: it s not only about academics. College Teaching Methods & Styles Journal. Second Quarter, 2(2). Eubanks, D. (2009). Noncognitives as indicators of success. Available: [23 February 2010]. my Unisa

24 Important things to consider before you apply While the process for applying is relatively simple, there are many factors that can affect your application and chances of acceptance. Please use this information in conjunction with the summary of the application process on page 69 to ensure that you embark on this process with all the information at hand. The foundation of master s and doctoral studies The core requirement of a master s degree is to demonstrate the capability for independent research. The core requirement of a doctoral degree is that the research must be original and must contribute to the body of knowledge. Admission requirements Each master s and doctoral degree has specific minimum admission requirements. Please check the detailed admission tables to ensure that you comply with all the requirements. Please note that all applications are assessed on an individual basis and compliance with minimum admission criteria does not mean an automatic acceptance into your qualification of choice. In addition, Research Methodology must have been completed at postgraduate level (NQF 8 or equivalent). Should you not meet this requirement you will need to complete this module for non-degree purposes before applying for your master s or doctoral degree. An alternative pathway for students who do not meet the 60% requirement (where applicable) for admission to either master s or doctoral level is provided below. Submission of a portfolio consisting of the following: a motivation, in no more than three pages, providing reasons for wishing to be admitted a CV highlighting experience relevant to the field of interest evidence of engagement with research which could include one or more of the following: - a written report of a scholarly nature - a literature survey - a paper presented at a conference - a published article Recognition of prior learning (RPL) If you are interested in RPL, please send an to Documentation that must accompany your application The following certified, supporting documents must be uploaded in scanned format together with your application form: - ID document (South African citizens) or passport (international students) - Marriage/divorce documents (if applicable) - Complete and incomplete academic records (including the scoring legend) - Any other additional documents indicated on the admission requirements - Sworn translations of documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans International students proof of meeting English language requirements 24

25 Extract from the Procedures for Studies for Master s and Doctoral Degrees on the English language requirement for international students: 2.1 Applications from international students follow a similar route to that of local students but care must be taken with the English language requirements. International students should show that they have taken the TOEFL (http://www.ets.org) or IELTS (http://www.ielts.org) international language test or equivalent. 1 If further language assistance is deemed necessary students may be required to register for a language module. 1 All non-native English-speaking applicants (other than those who have been educated in the medium of English language during their two most recent years of study) must satisfy one of the following requirements: IELTS: overall score of 6.5 (with at least 6.5 in each of the four components); TOEFL (paper-based): overall score of 600, with a Test of Written English score of 5.5; TOEFL (computer-based): overall score of 250, with Test of Written English score of 5.5; TOEFL (internet-based): overall score of 100; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A; Cambridge Certificate for Proficiency in English (CPE): grade B; English Language GCSE, IGCSE or O-level: grade B; International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in English; European Baccalaureate: score of 70% in English. Difference between research and coursework master s degree The majority of master s qualifications are full research degrees, with a full dissertation. In some instances a coursework option exists, with a combination of modules and a smaller research component (eg dissertation of limited scope or short dissertation) for your master s degree. These coursework options are indicated in the qualification tables. Please note that if you select the coursework master s option you will be required to register for, and officially pass, two modules before you will be eligible to register for the Research Proposal Module, unless otherwise stated. Time required for processing an application The time required to process a complete application can vary and for that reason we suggest that you apply as soon as applications open on 1 August Factors to be aware of: Qualifications with a selection process usually have an earlier application date. Please go to page 26 of this brochure for the application dates and contact people. Certain international degrees will need to be accompanied by a SAQA evaluation certificate. It is the student s responsibility to contact, and manage this process, through SAQA. Please note that this can be time consuming and could delay your application by as much as one year. Once SAQA verification has been received please resubmit your application to Unisa with the necessary SAQA evaluation certificate. In some instances these applications will be referred to the relevant academic department for review. Contact the Directorate: Student Admissions and Registrations, Postgraduate Qualifications master s and doctoral section on if you have not received feedback from the university within 21 working days after the closing date of applications. my Unisa

26 Degrees by selection The following qualifications have a selection process and applications must be made directly with the relevant academic department (unless otherwise stated) before the closing date noted below. Degree Closing date for the following academic year Contact Person address Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology 30 June Mrs MD Lekgoathi Master of Arts (Social Behaviour Studies in HIV/AIDS) Master s degrees in Psychology Research Consultation Master s degrees in Industrial Psychology (dissertation of limited scope) Master of Education in Education Management (dissertation of limited scope) Master of Education Guidance and Counselling Doctoral degrees in Consulting Psychology 30 September Mr HJL Roets or July Mrs CH Barrish Ms TN Thwala or or September Ms MM Mahlangu or October apply online from 1 August 2011 to 15 September 2011 Prof AE Van Zyl 27 August Prof HE Roets November Ms MM Mahlangu or Please note that some of these degrees are full-time practical degrees and are run from the Unisa Muckleneuk campus. Information on the criteria for selection, application forms and details with regard to practicals are available from the above contact people. Qualifications offered Please check the qualifications carefully and ensure that your chosen qualification is offered by Unisa. All qualifications offered are listed in the drop-down box in the online application form. Once you have been accepted You will be notified in writing and, once you have registered for the Research Proposal Module, you will be assigned a contact person within the relevant department. Once you have contacted the department you will either be referred to the appropriate subject expert within the department or the contact person will guide you through the Research Proposal Module until your topic is finalised. It is important to note that the more robust your initial concepts for your topic, the easier it will be to assign an appropriate supervisor to you early on in the process. 26

27 The role of the 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. The Research Proposal Module This is the foundation of your master s or doctoral studies. It is incredibly important to have already considered the direction that you wish your research to take. We suggest that before you apply you should have conceptualised a viable topic; one that can be researched further and that has a body of existing literature and research (between 15 and 20 sources) to support it. Your supervisor will then guide you through the process for completing and submitting your research proposal. Please be aware that there are strict closing dates for submission and acceptance of this module in the academic year, as well as ethical clearances that must be obtained prior to proceeding with the research. Funding your studies The Research Proposal Module carries a fee of approximately R3,000 In addition each year of study will cost approximately a further R10,000 for master s studies and R12,000 for doctoral studies International students (excluding Africa) an additional foreign levy of approximately R5 000 per year Please note that these fees are approximate indications only and are applicable for every study year payable in full at the time of registration and re-registration Bursaries - Limited bursaries are available for research master s and doctoral degrees - A qualifying mark of 60% on honours or master s level in the case of doctoral studies is the minimum requirement for application - but each application will be assessed on a case by case basis - The funding is limited and applications should therefore be made as soon as possible at the Directorate for Student Funding on - Funding is available for both national and international students - Please note that the awarding of bursaries is entirely discretionary - Bursaries must be re-applied for on an annual basis Eduloan People employed in government departments may apply for assistance with study fees if they meet the following criteria: - they must be in the direct employ of the SA Government or a permanent member of the SANDF - they can apply for themselves, or sponsor their spouses/children under their guardianship - the loan instalment may not exceed 25% of their basic salary The financial assistance is administered by Eduloan. For more information, phone , send an SMS to edu at or visit MBA, MBL and DBL qualifications Applications for these qualifications must be made directly with the Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership. Contact details: Tel: my Unisa

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29 Choose a qualification Unisa has a comprehensive range of master s and doctoral qualifications, each housed within a specific college or the Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership. Each qualification has detailed minimum admission requirements which are contained in the section that follows. Please ensure that you meet all the criteria before applying. In addition please take note of qualifications with a selection process as the application for these must be done with the relevant department before the closing date specified for that qualification. Qualifications which are not listed in this section are not available at Unisa. my Unisa

30 College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Master s degree Qualification Code Admission requirements NQF Credits Master of Consumer Science An appropriate Bachelor Honours Degree, or an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma, or a 480 credit Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 96 credits at NQF level 8 in Consumer Science or a related field. A student who is admitted on the strength of a Postgraduate Diploma or a 480 credit Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 96 credits at level 8 and who has not completed a module in research methodology may be required to complete such a module at NQF level 8 for NDP before he/she will be allowed to register for the module in research methodology of which the outcome is the research proposal. International students must meet the English language requirement as provided for in paragraph 2.1 of the Procedures for Studies for Master's and Master of Science in Agriculture An appropriate Bachelor Honours Degree, or an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma, or a 480 credit Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 96 credits at NQF level 8 in Agriculture or a related field. A student who is admitted on the strength of a Postgraduate Diploma or a 480 credit Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 96 credits at level 8 and who has not completed a module in research methodology may be required to complete such a module at NQF level 8 for NDP before he/she will be allowed to register for the module in research methodology of which the outcome is the research proposal. International students must meet the English language requirement as provided for in paragraph 2.1 of the Procedures for Studies for Master's and Master of Science in Environmental Management An appropriate Bachelor Honours Degree, or an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma, or a 480 credit Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 96 credits at NQF level 8 in Environmental Management or an equivalent degree. A student who is admitted on the strength of a Postgraduate Diploma or a 480 credit Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 96 credits at level 8 and who has not completed a module in research methodology may be required to complete such a module at NQF level 8 for NDP before he/she will be allowed to register for the module in research methodology of which the outcome is the research proposal. International students must meet the English language requirement as provided for in paragraph 2.1 of the Procedures for Studies for Master's and Doctoral Degrees. Master of Science in Environmental Science An appropriate Bachelor Honours Degree, or an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma, or a 480 credit Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 96 credits at NQF level 8 in Environmental Science or a related field. A student who is admitted on the strength of a Postgraduate Diploma or a 480 credit Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 96 credits at level 8 and who has not completed a module in research methodology may be required to complete such a module at NQF level 8 for NDP before he/she will be allowed to register for the module in research methodology of which the outcome is the research proposal. International students must meet the English language requirement as provided for in paragraph 2.1 of the Procedures for Studies for Master's and Master of Science in Geography An appropriate Bachelor Honours Degree, or an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma, or a 480 credit Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 96 credits at NQF level 8 in Geography or a related field. A student who is admitted on the strength of a Postgraduate Diploma or a 480 credit Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 96 credits at level 8 and who has not completed a module in research methodology may be required to complete such a module at NQF level 8 for NDP before he/she will be allowed to register for the module in research methodology of which the outcome is the research proposal. International students must meet the English language requirement as provided for in paragraph 2.1 of the Procedures for Studies for Master's and 30

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