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 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 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 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.... [-]


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 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.... [-]


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 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 Design

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

The purpose of the programme is to educate and train researchers who can contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level. The Master’s degree is earned by completing a single advanced research project, culminating in the production and acceptance of a dissertation. [+]

The purpose of the programme is to educate and train researchers who can contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level. The Master’s degree is earned by completing a single advanced research project, culminating in the production and acceptance of a dissertation.

Admission requirements

A relevant Bachelor Honours Degree. A “professional” Bachelor’s Degree, or a Postgraduate Diploma, with sufficient preparation to conduct research with a recommended minimum of 60% for all final-year modules.

Selection criteria

In addition to the minimum admission requirements as outlined above, prospective students may be required to present a portfolio of their work to an interview panel. A portfolio would be requested if further evidence is required of a students’ readiness to conduct textual or artefactual research. In case of textual research the portfolio would contain examples of written research, and in the case of artefactual research, a portfolio with the design would be 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 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 English (Research or Coursework)

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

Students accepted for this course are required to research, write and present a full dissertation (approx 120 pages), under the guidance of a supervisor. The Department is able to supervise topics in most areas under the general ambit of English studies, including South African literary Studies and Post Colonialism; Text Editing; Medieval, Renaissance and Romantic Studies; and Contemporary Fiction. [+]

MA in English (Research or Coursework)

Students accepted for this course are required to research, write and present a full dissertation (approx 120 pages), under the guidance of a supervisor. The Department is able to supervise topics in most areas under the general ambit of English studies, including South African literary Studies and Post Colonialism; Text Editing; Medieval, Renaissance and Romantic Studies; and Contemporary Fiction.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master’s Degree must be approved by the Chairperson of the Department.

Contact details

Name: Prof Karen Scherzinger Tel: 011 559 2493 / Email: kscherzinger@uj.ac.za

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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 Journalism (Research)

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

A dissertation on a theme from Journalism that provides evidence of the critical sense and research capability of the candidate is required. A research article that is suitable for publication is also required. [+]

A dissertation on a theme from Journalism that provides evidence of the critical sense and research capability of the candidate is required. A research article that is suitable for publication is also required.

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.

Contact details

Name: Mrs Elna Rossouw Tel: 011 559 3434 / Email: erossouw@uj.ac.za

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MA in African Languages (Research)

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

A student writes a dissertation on a topic in linguistics or literature giving evidence of the ability to conduct research. This document will be about 100 pages long. [+]

A student writes a dissertation on a topic in linguistics or literature giving evidence of the ability to conduct research. This document will be about 100 pages long.

Admission requirements

Students who have obtained a BA Honours with a mark of at least 60% (but preferably higher) in Northern Sotho (Sesotho sa Lebowa/ Sepedi) or isiZulu may register.

Contact details

Name: Dr IK Mndawe Tel: 011 559 4662 / Email: ikmndawe@uj.ac.za

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