Master of Arts in Social Sciences in South Africa

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Social Sciences

Masters degrees, commonly known as MA, are postgraduate degrees lasting at least one year and sometimes two years, they are taught degrees normally requiring some actual research. MA is the most common name for a Masters degree and is often used.

Social sciences help students to better understand the interactions and systems within human society. Topics covered may include how communities and populations form governments, make laws, develop economic systems, or how individuals make decisions.

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MA in Industrial Psychology (RD)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The student should develop the intellectual and professional skills to provide evidence of the ability to independently produce scientific work at an acceptable level. This will require competence in the application of related research methodology, the ability to conduct and complete an approved research study, the oral and written competence to present results and findings, and the academic and personal maturity to critically reflect on all aspects of the study. [+]

The student should develop the intellectual and professional skills to provide evidence of the ability to independently produce scientific work at an acceptable level. This will require competence in the application of related research methodology, the ability to conduct and complete an approved research study, the oral and written competence to present results and findings, and the academic and personal maturity to critically reflect on all aspects of the study.

Admission requirements

An Honour's qualification in Industrial Psychology on NQF Level 7 or 8 with a minimum of 65% average. Statistical methods or analytical techniques must have been included in undergraduate curricula. Potential students must have passed a module in research methodology at Honours NQF Level 8. Related experience which is considered relevant and sufficient by the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management will also be assessed. Student number constraints necessitate a selection process.... [-]


MA in Sociology (Coursework / Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

In coursework mode the candidate should successfully complete the advanced course in Social Theory, the advanced course in Social Research Methodology, and complete research and write a minor dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. In research mode, the candidate should complete research and write a dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. [+]

MA in Sociology (Coursework)

The candidate should successfully complete the advanced course in Social Theory, the advanced course in Social Research Methodology, and complete research and write a minor dissertation on an approved, relevant topic.

Admission requirements

Admission will be considered for a student who is in possession of a university-based Honours qualification in Sociology/Industrial Sociology on NQF Level 7. If a student does not comply with the requirements mentioned above, admission may be granted by the Dean of the Faculty, at the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department.

Contact details

Name: Dr Liela Groenewald Tel: 011 559 2884 / Email: lielagr@uj.ac.za... [-]


MA in Social Work (Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The Master’s by research entails only a research study – larger than the minor dissertation of the coursework Master’s, but not as large as a Doctoral thesis. The principal purpose of the master’s by research is developing advanced competencies in research. In addition, you will also develop expert knowledge in your field of study. The Master’s by research programme is ideal for students who are primarily interested in developing their research competence, do not want to participate in lectures or workshops, are highly self-motivated, independent and self-directed and have a focused, specific field of research interest. [+]

The Master’s by research entails only a research study – larger than the minor dissertation of the coursework Master’s, but not as large as a Doctoral thesis. The principle purpose of the master’s by research is developing advanced competencies in research. In addition, you will also develop expert knowledge in your field of study. The Master’s by research programme is ideal for students who are primarily interested in developing their research competence, do not want to participate in lectures or workshops, are highly self-motivated, independent and self-directed and have a focused, specific field of research interest.

Admission requirements

Candidates with a relevant Honours Degree in social work are considered for admission. A fourth year (honours) average mark of at least 65% is required.... [-]


MA in Community Development Social Work

University of Johannesburg
Campus Part time 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The aim of this qualification is to develop advanced competencies in the facilitation of processes, techniques and principles of sustainable community programmes and projects based of people-centred, participatory theoretical approaches, to address inequality, poverty and injustices in a global and African context. Further students will be able to facilitate the establishment and management of community-based organisations within the context of community economic development integrating social and community development. [+]

The aim of this qualification is to develop advanced competencies in the facilitation of processes, techniques and principles of sustainable community programmes and projects based of people-centred, participatory theoretical approaches, to address inequality, poverty and injustices in a global and African context. Further students will be able to facilitate the establishment and management of community-based organisations within the context of community economic development integrating social and community development.

Admission requirements

An entrance examination might be required. A four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, or a three-year Degree in Social Work together with an Honours Degree in Social Work, or another honours degree relevant to community development considered by the chairperson of the department to be appropriate is required. A fourth year (honours) average mark of at least 65% is required.... [-]


MA in Clinical Social Work (Coursework)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

This coursework Master’s Degree assists qualified social workers in advancing their counselling abilities in the field of clinical social work practice. This qualification empowers students to work as private or specialist practitioners in their particular work contexts. [+]

This coursework Master’s Degree assists qualified social workers in advancing their counselling abilities in the field of clinical social work practice. You will acquire these through seven modules, e.g.: Contemporary Theories; Complex Behaviour and Environmental Change; Assessment, Intervention and Evaluation; Mental Health; and the Development of the Therapeutic Self. In addition, you will apply this knowledge during a one-year internship programme, focused on micro and messo interventions. In your second year, you undertake a research project to demonstrate your research competence.

This qualification empowers students to work as private or specialist practitioners in their particular work contexts.... [-]


MA in Social Impact Assessment (Coursework)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

Students are required to complete a course on SIA methodologies, advanced social research (ASR) as well as a minor dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. Students also acquire SPSS skills and competencies. [+]

Students are required to complete a course on SIA methodologies, advanced social research (ASR) as well as a minor dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. Students also acquire SPSS skills and competencies.

Admission requirements

An Honours Degree in one of the following subjects: Sociology, Industrial Sociology, Geography, Philosophy, Historical Studies, Development Studies, Psychology, Industrial Psychology, Politics, Public Governance, Social Work and Economics.

If a student does not comply with the requirements mentioned above, admission may be granted by the Dean of the Faculty, at the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department.

Contact details

Name: Dr Liela Groenewald Tel: 011 559 2884 / Email: lielagr@uj.ac.za... [-]


MA in Semitic Languages and Cultures (Coursework / Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The coursework programme in MA in Semitic Languages and Cultures consists of a minor dissertation and the two modules. In research mode, a dissertation where students focus on a topic from the field of Arabic, Islamic Studies, Hebrew (including Jewish Studies) or a cognate Semitic language selected in consultation with the Department must be written under supervision. [+]

MA in Semitic Languages and Cultures (Coursework)

The programme consists of a minor dissertation and the two modules as listed below. Students, in collaboration with the Department, choose two modules from the list below. Modules are offered over two semesters. Each module is examined by means of an examination with a weighting of 45 credits each. The minor dissertation has a weighting of 90 credits.

Students focus on Arabic, Islamic Studies, Hebrew (including Jewish Studies) or a cognate Semitic language. Modules have the following generic content:

Compulsory modules

Module 1: Methodology of literary research Module 2: Content analysis of a selected field of research Module 3: Minor dissertation Admission requirements ... [-]

MA in Psychology (Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

Students develop advanced quantitative and qualitative research skills in Psychology. Such skills can lead to a research-based or academic career. Application of research methodology and the competent communication of research findings must be demonstrated; students must thus be able to conduct independent research. The attendance of workshops and/or contact sessions will be required. [+]

Students develop advanced quantitative and qualitative research skills in Psychology. Such skills can lead to a research-based or academic career. Application of research methodology and the competent communication of research findings must be demonstrated; students must thus be able to conduct independent research. The attendance of workshops and/or contact sessions will be required.

Admission requirements

The minimum admission requirement is 65% in an Honours Degree in Psychology which normally should have been obtained within the previous five years.

Contact details

Name: Prof T Guse Tel: 011 559 3248/ Email: tguse@uj.ac.za

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MA in Politics (Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The MA Politics Research Master’s programme covers issues in Politics and International Relations. A student has to write a dissertation on a selected theme from either the fields of Political Science or International Relations, giving evidence of a critical approach and research capability. An article ready for publication has to be submitted along with the dissertation. [+]

The MA Politics Research Master’s programme covers issues in Politics and International Relations. A student has to write a dissertation on a selected theme from either the fields of Political Science or International Relations, giving evidence of a critical approach and research capability. An article ready for publication has to be submitted along with the dissertation.

Admission requirements

Students need a 65% pass rate at Honours level.

Contact details

Name: Prof Deon Geldenhuys Tel: 011 559 2894 / Email: deong@uj.ac.za

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MA in Industrial Sociology (Coursework / Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The candidate should successfully complete the advanced course in Social Theory, the advanced course in Social Research Methodology, and complete research and write a minor dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. Students also acquire SPSS skills and competencies. Or should complete research and write a dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. [+]

MA in Industrial Sociology (Coursework)

The candidate should successfully complete the advanced course in Social Theory, the advanced course in Social Research Methodology, and complete research and write a minor dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. Students also acquire SPSS skills and competencies.

Admission requirements

Student access will be considered for a student who is in possession of a university-based Honours qualification in Sociology/Industrial Sociology on NQF Level 7. If a student does not comply with the requirements mentioned above, admission may be granted by the Dean of the Faculty, at the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department.

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MA in Development Studies (Coursework / Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

An advanced study programme by coursework, plus a minor dissertation are required or via research leading to a dissertation of around 120 pages. [+]

MA in Development Studies (Coursework)

An advanced study programme by coursework, plus a minor dissertation are required.

Semester 1

Module 1: Critical Development Theories Module 2: Social Policy Module 3: Advanced Research Methodology

Semester 2

Module 4: Development Management Module 5: Minor Dissertation Modules 1 to 4 contribute 50% to the final mark and Module 5 contributes 50%. Admission requirements

An Honours Degree in Development Studies and a final course mark of at least 65% in the particular discipline. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Development Studies, applicants (for the MA) from other Social Science Degrees with Development Studies content are encouraged and will be processed through the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning committee.... [-]


MA in Counselling Psychology (Coursework)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The MA (Counselling Psychology) programme leads to registration as Counselling Psychologist with the Professional Board of Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). This full-time programme encompasses the broad spectrum of Counselling Psychology. The programme consists of a research component (completion of a minor dissertation) as well as attending workshops, contact sessions and practical work. [+]

The MA (Counselling Psychology) programme leads to registration as Counselling Psychologist with the Professional Board of Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). This full-time programme encompasses the broad spectrum of Counselling Psychology. The programme consists of a research component (completion of a minor dissertation) as well as attending workshops, contact sessions and practical work.

After successful completion of the Degree, students apply for an internship in Counselling Psychology.

Admission requirements

Students should be in possession of an Honours Degree or an equivalent Degree in Psychology. Students are admitted to the programme after they have been evaluated as suitable candidates by the department through a selection process. The number of students allowed into the programme is determined by the availability of staff, the availability of internships and market demands. The closing date for applications and the dates for selection are determined annually by the department. Application forms and information are obtainable from the department.... [-]


MA in Clinical Psychology (Coursework)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The MA (Clinical Psychology) programme leads to registration as Clinical Psychologist with the Professional Board of Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). [+]

The MA (Clinical Psychology) programme leads to registration as Clinical Psychologist with the Professional Board of Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

This full-time programme encompasses the broad spectrum of Clinical Psychology. The programme consists of a research component (completion of a minor dissertation) as well as attending workshops, contact sessions and practical work.

After successful completion of the Degree, students apply for an internship in Clinical Psychology. In accordance with regulations by the Department of Health, students also have to complete one year of Community Service after completion of the internship.

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MA in Anthropology (Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The programme offers an MA via research leading to a dissertation of around 120 pages. The dissertation is prepared for examining under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in your choice of topic. [+]

The programme offers an MA via research leading to a dissertation of around 120 pages. The dissertation is prepared for examining under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in your choice of topic.

Admission requirements

An Honours Degree in Anthropology and a final course mark of at least 65% in the particular discipline.

Contact details

Name: Prof David Moore Tel: 011 559 2979/2859 / Email: dbmoore@uj.ac.za

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MA in Diversity Studies

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The MA in the Field of Diversity Studies is an interdisciplinary programme that is undertaken by students from various disciplines (although most come from disciplines within the Humanities and Social Sciences). [+]

The MA in the Field of Diversity Studies is an interdisciplinary programme that is undertaken by students from various disciplines (although most come from disciplines within the Humanities and Social Sciences). The content of the course can be applied to a variety of fields and professions, and the robustly critical approach to issues of diversity, difference, and otherness that the programme teaches will give you an ‘edge’ to just about any field or profession as diversity is an aspect of just about any contemporary context. Many of our students have gone on to work in areas such as media, non-governmental organisations, advocacy, research consultancies, and have pursued PhDs and academic careers. The programme is ideal for individuals who seek careers in the transformation sector or who are already working in it, and who wish to deepen their critical skills so as to improve their practice.... [-]