MA Degrees in South Africa

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An MA or Master of Arts degree is obtained by students after completing a one- to two-year program studying History, English or other fine arts or humanities subjects. MA studies are most often a mix of research and coursework.

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MA in Creative Writing

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

The MA in Creative Writing at Wits University is a highly regarded two-year MA in which students complete a full-length creative project and an accompanying reflective essay. The programme is housed in the School of Literature, Language and Media but enjoys cross-disciplinary collaboration with lecturers and supervisors from several schools in the Faculty of Humanities. [+]

MA in Creative Writing

The MA in Creative Writing at Wits University is a highly regarded two-year MA in which students complete a full-length creative project and an accompanying reflective essay. The programme is housed in the School of Literature, Language and Media but enjoys cross-disciplinary collaboration with lecturers and supervisors from several schools in the Faculty of Humanities. Guest writers and publishers are invited to conduct workshops or give lectures in the programme, giving students the benefits of their experience and expertise. This intensive course combines seminars with one-on-one supervision so that students receive extensive feedback on their work: from their peers, their supervisor and other supervisors in the programme.... [-]


MA in African Literature

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

This programme provides students with specialist training in African and diasporic intellectual and literary history. Taught by leading figures in the field, the programme inducts students into core theoretical debates and new approaches in the field while using African literary material to resituate and critique major trends like world literature and postcolonial theory emanating from the Anglo-American world. [+]

This programme provides students with specialist training in African and diasporic intellectual and literary history. Taught by leading figures in the field, the programme inducts students into core theoretical debates and new approaches in the field while using African literary material to resituate and critique major trends like world literature and postcolonial theory emanating from the Anglo-American world. Capitalizing on Johannesburg as the new intellectual hub of the continent, the programme draws participants from across the continent and beyond. Since its inception under Es’kia Mphahlele in the early 1980s, the Department of African Literature has produced a cohort of graduates who have taken up positions across the African academy and other parts of the world.... [-]


MA in Film and Television (Wits School of Arts)

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The Masters in Film and Television offers a Professional degree in the discipline of filmmaking and aims to stimulate learning at a postgraduate level through the application of theory with practice. The following Masters' options are available to applicants: (1) MA by coursework with research report; (2) MA by dissertation. MA by coursework requires that students take three semester-long courses (one of which may be taken outside the division with the permission from the Head of Division). Students undertake research which consists of the production of a short film in a documentary, fiction or experimental film genres AND a written research report (10 000 words). Alternatively, students may wish to take the dissertation option without the option of a creative project (the written submission here is 20 000 words). Supervision of the creative work and research report is undertaken by lecturers in the Film and Television division. [+]

POST GRADUATE STUDIES IN FILM AND TELEVISION

The Masters in Film and Television offers a Professional degree in the discipline of filmmaking and aims to stimulate learning at a postgraduate level through the application of theory with practice. The following Masters' options are available to applicants: (1) MA by coursework with research report; (2) MA by dissertation. MA by coursework requires that students take three semester-long courses (one of which may be taken outside the division with the permission from the Head of Division). Students undertake research which consists of the production of a short film in a documentary, fiction or experimental film genres AND a written research report (10 000 words). Alternatively, students may wish to take the dissertation option without the option of a creative project (the written submission here is 20 000 words). Supervision of the creative work and research report is undertaken by lecturers in the Film and Television division.... [-]


MA in Development Studies

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

A leading inter-disciplinary postgraduate programme in development studies is currently on offer. The programme is social sciences orientated and specializes in health, labour, gender and rural development. [+]

MA in Development Studies

A leading inter-disciplinary postgraduate programme in development studies is currently on offer. The programme is social sciences orientated and specializes in health, labour, gender and rural development. The programme is appropriate for students keen to pursue a career in policy research and in the local and international development organizations. Students will be able to draw upon a vast range of local and international academic expertise in a range of disciplines within the School of Social Sciences and in Economics as they critically engage in current local, national and international debates in Development Studies while promoting professional skills in these fields. Students draw upon local and international expertise in a range of disciplines. The student body is cosmopolitan and admission is highly competitive. Students with practical experience in the world of development are especially welcomed. The Programme has grown steadily since its inception in 2001. On average it is estimated that about a third of the student cohort is non-South African. Topics of student research include many focused on studies within Africa broadly.... [-]


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.... [-]


MA in English Literature (by research only)

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

Staff members in English at the University of the Witwatersrand are able to offer supervision at Master’s level in areas ranging from medieval texts to contemporary literature, with particular strengths in Renaissance studies, Victorian fiction, modernism, postmodernism and postcolonial writing. Topics in literary theory, as well as inter-disciplinary projects, are equally welcome. [+]

Staff members in English at the University of the Witwatersrand are able to offer supervision at Master’s level in areas ranging from medieval texts to contemporary literature, with particular strengths in Renaissance studies, Victorian fiction, modernism, postmodernism and postcolonial writing. Topics in literary theory, as well as inter-disciplinary projects, are equally welcome. Staff undertaking supervision are active researchers, who publish regularly in their fields of specialisation. In the 2014 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the department was placed in the top 51-100 category. Students receive individual mentoring and are given the opportunity to develop a professional profile by participating in undergraduate tutoring. Those with appropriate interests may be invited to share in international research partnerships with specified universities in Great Britain, Sweden and Germany.... [-]


MArch in Sustainable and Energy Efficient Cities (MArch(SEEC))

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

The MArch(SEEC) qualification is a one-year full-time program on sustainability and energy studies with a focus on cities, settlements, buildings, and architecture. With a strong focus on the energy and climate change challenge, this multi-disciplinary program aims to arm the graduates with an integrated range of competencies which will make them invaluable role players in decision making concerning the future/sustainability of cities and their built environment. [+]

The MArch(SEEC) qualification is a one-year full-time program on sustainability and energy studies with a focus on cities, settlements, buildings, and architecture. With a strong focus on the energy and climate change challenge, this multi-disciplinary program aims to arm the graduates with an integrated range of competencies which will make them invaluable role players in decision making concerning the future/sustainability of cities and their built environment. Besides the basic technical principles on a variety of the interventions/technologies at different scales, courses in the program address a wide range of inter-related issues including policy frameworks, institutional structures, markets, behavior, finance and socio-economic dimensions.... [-]


MA in Applied Ethics for Professionals

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

This programme is a rigorous and intellectually challenging introduction to philosophical ethics, and, in particular, applied or “practical” ethics, based in the Department of Philosophy. [+]

This programme is a rigorous and intellectually challenging introduction to philosophical ethics, and, in particular, applied or “practical” ethics, based in the Department of Philosophy. It is designed for professionals in the Gauteng region with some management and leadership experience and presupposes no background in philosophy. It is not a programme in “professional ethics”—e.g. business ethics, biomedical ethics, technology and ethics, etc.—though some such material is sometimes covered in one or more of the electives. Rather, its emphasis is on learning methods and techniques for thinking about ethical issues of any sort. It includes exposure to the principal ethical theories and critical examination of some well-known work in various sub-fields of applied ethics. It is not a distance-education programme; regular attendance at seminars is required. To accommodate the professional lives of our participants, seminars, exams, and other programme activities are held on Saturday mornings, about 19 in the first year and 10 in the second.... [-]


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 Corporate Communication (Research)

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

This programme is designed to facilitate mastery of a complex and specialised knowledge area within the discipline of Corporate Communication. The focus of this qualification is on the development of conceptual knowledge and skills at highly abstract levels that will facilitate highly specialised and advanced technical, professional and research skills in corporate communication. [+]

This is an advanced study programme that can be completed either as a coursework or as a research-based study programme.

This programme is designed to facilitate mastery of a complex and specialised knowledge area within the discipline of Corporate Communication. The focus of this qualification is on the development of conceptual knowledge and skills at highly abstract levels that will facilitate highly specialised and advanced technical, professional and research skills in corporate communication.

Admission requirements

An Honours Degree in Communication is required, with a minimum average of 65%. The closing date for applications for this Degree is 31 October of the preceding year for the first semester and 30 April of the same year for the second semester.... [-]


MA in Public Management and Governance (CW / RD)

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

This coursework Master’s programme comprises one compulsory and three elective modules to be completed as well as a compulsory minor dissertation. The compulsory module is a Research Methodology module and is supplemented by three additional elective modules. The research Master’s Degree requires the student to submit a dissertation on a relevant topic within the academic field of Public Management and Governance. A lecturer within the Department would act as supervisor for the study. [+]

MA in Public Management and Governance (CW)

This coursework Master’s programme comprises one compulsory and three elective modules to be completed as well as a compulsory minor dissertation. The compulsory module is a Research Methodology module and is supplemented by three additional elective modules.

The compulsory dissertation is in the form of a research project.

The coursework Master’s Degree structure makes provision either for two specialised sub-disciplinary foci or for a general PMG focus through a random choice of three electives out of a possible nine available modules. One specialised focus is on evaluating general public sector policy management and governance and the second focuses on a specialisation in advanced municipal management and governance.... [-]


MA in Philosophy (Research / Coursework)

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

For the research degree, students write a dissertation of approximately 45,000 words under supervision, on a topic selected in consultation with the Department. The topic must be in line with the expertise of the available lecturers. The MA by Coursework curriculum consists of six compulsory modules. [+]

MA in Philosophy (Research)

For this degree, students write a dissertation of approximately 45,000 words under supervision, on a topic selected in consultation with the Department. The topic must be in line with the expertise of the available lecturers.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to this Degree, students must fulfil the Department’s admission requirements (in addition to the University’s admission requirements) and prove their knowledge of research methodology and history of philosophy. Some of the requirements are [i] at least 65% average for the Honours degree in Philosophy and [ii] the submission of written philosophical work done for the Honours Degree. Supplementary oral examinations might be required.... [-]


MA in French (Research)

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

On a more advanced level (Master’s studies) students are encouraged to collaborate with us in our fields of expertise, i.e. the Contemporary French Novel; Autobiography; Contemporary French Theatre and Francophone Literature, in order develop their capacities for research and critical thought. The French Department’s Master’s is designed for dedicated researchers and mainly consist of a dissertation or a thesis. [+]

On a more advanced level (Master’s studies) students are encouraged to collaborate with us in our fields of expertise, i.e. the Contemporary French Novel; Autobiography; Contemporary French Theatre and Francophone Literature, in order develop their capacities for research and critical thought. The French Department’s Master’s is designed for dedicated researchers and mainly consist of a dissertation or a thesis.

Admission requirements

The admission requirement for a Master’s is an Honours Degree in French.

Contact details

Name: Prof WA Kabwe-Segatti Tel: 011 559 2757 / Email: desirew@uj.ac.za

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MA in Audiovisual Communication (Research)

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

A dissertation on a theme from Audiovisual Communication that gives evidence of the candidate’s critical sense and research capability is required. A research article that is suitable for publication is also required. [+]

A dissertation on a theme from Audiovisual Communication that gives evidence of the candidate’s critical sense and research capability is required. A research article that is suitable for publication is also required.

Admission requirements

An Honours in Communication is required, with a minimum average of 65%. The general regulation with regard to the duration of the Master’s programme is also applicable in this instance.

The closing date for applications for this Degree is 31 October of the preceding year for the first semester and 30 April of the same year for the second semester.

Contact details

Name: Dr Ylva Rodny-Gumede Tel: 011 559 4112 / Email: yrodny-gumede@uj.ac.za... [-]


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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