MSc in Zoology
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa
Full time, Part time
ZAR 40,802 / per year *
Earliest start date
* fees for the complete programme amount to between R40802,00 and R101910,00. Fees may vary depending on the composition of a particular qualification
The primary purpose of the MSc in Zoology minor-dissertation with coursework is to provide students with specialized advanced education and training while meeting the requirements of a specific research component so that students can master the required experimental and technological skills and necessary fieldwork competencies such as innovation, decision-making, strategic thinking, and organizational skills. A minor dissertation with coursework MSc in Zoology consists of a minimum of 120 credits of research at level 8 in the form of a research project, written up as a minor dissertation.
Reasons for studying at UJ
- UJ offers not only a special program called the First Year Experience to help orientate students throughout the first year but we also offer a Senior Student Experience that gears students toward the workplace!
- Grab the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and train alongside Olympians and Paralympians on state-of-the-art pitches, tracks, and fields, or just keep fit by joining one of the gyms on each of our 4 campuses.
- Be part of a young, vibrant, and agile university that reflects and adapts easily to our country’s aspirations, while maintaining global relevance through numerous international partnerships.
- 178 Internationally respected and accepted qualifications.
- Join a university that cares enough to have raised over R300 million since the start of 2016 in order to support the Missing Middle Campaign. UJ also ensures that more than 6 000 needy students have two healthy meals per day.
- Study in the vibrant City of Gold – the economic hub of South Africa. Join a vibrant, cosmopolitan, progressive group of students and academics on their way to re-imagining the future!
- UJ offers an amazing on-campus experience whether you live in one of UJ’s residences, belong to a day house, or whether you just want to socialize at the Student Centres on all campuses.
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- Did you know that during the first five years of UJ’s existence it doubled its targeted research output and to this day, continues to break records!
The Master’s degree in Zoology consists of three programs i.e. Aquatic Health, Biodiversity and Conservation, and Zoology. The master's examination in Zoology normally consists of a dissertation on an approved research topic, based on experimental work approved by the Head of the Department and the Faculty of Science, a manuscript ready for publication, and two seminar presentations.
Alternatively, a Tutored Master’s degree depending on the nature of the topic consists of three examination papers (lectured component) that make up 50% of the final mark and a research project in the form of a minor dissertation (making up the remaining 50% of the credits for the degree). To pass, a student must obtain at least 50% for each of the examination papers as well as the research project, based on a minor dissertation. The research-based minor dissertation makes up the remaining 50% of the final mark (i.e. weight of 50% of the total course) and has to be passed (i.e. a mark of 50% or more) for the student to pass the degree. In the case of part-time students, the examination may be written in two parts: two papers in the first part and a paper and a minor dissertation in the final part. The two parts must be passed within the course of one academic year. Candidates lacking adequate statistical awareness are required to complete a statistics awareness course.
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- Use a range of specialized skills to identify, analyze and deal with complex problems and issues drawing systematically and creatively on the theories, research methodologies, methods/techniques, literature, and materials of their discipline/field of specialization.
- Operate autonomously and take responsibility for their own work and be accountable for the work of others when working with others in a team.
- Manage learning tasks autonomously and professionally and continue and sustain independent learning and academic professional development.
- Demonstrate advanced information retrieval and processing skills to identify, analyze, synthesize and independently evaluate quantitative and/or qualitative data, using appropriate Information Communication Technology (ICT).
- Demonstrate a comprehensive, systematic, and integrated specialist knowledge of the discipline/field with a coherent and critical understanding of the theories, research methodologies, epistemologies, and methods/techniques relevant to their science discipline/ field of specialization.
- Evaluate their own and others’ academic work and initiatives against a range of criteria.
- Present and communicate the results of research by appropriate academic/professional discourse, and produce a dissertation or research report which meets the standards of scholarly/ professional writing/presentation.
- Operate in specialized science contexts and utilize ethical decision-making skills in dealing with complex ethical and professional issues and make informed judgments on such issues.
- Critique and evaluate current research and participate in scholarly debates, addressing both theory and practice, in the science area of specialization.
- Develop a mastery of the application of research methodologies, methods/techniques, and technologies applicable to the science area of specialization.
- Plan, execute, and write up research, investigation, or development in the science area of specialization under some supervision.