The paramount role of a university is to advance the horizon of knowledge. We do this in two ways. First, we pursue new knowledge through research, which is then published and disseminated to both peer and lay communities. Secondly, we nurture and develop the capacity to pursue new knowledge. The most important way we do this is through the mentoring of postgraduate students into the manifold challenges and rewards of research.
Universities thus place a high value on the ability to conduct research and produce knowledge. This value is not a value solely in and of itself. It is hard to think of a domain of society that is not significantly shaped by new knowledge: the heart of research and development is new knowledge; it shapes the education system and what students learn; it affects the choices we make and the new technologies that shape our lives.
As a prospective postgraduate student in Humanities, you will already have a good idea about the pleasures and rigours of student life. You will know how to negotiate the small but complex world of campus, you will have some idea of your appetite for intellectual work, and you will in all probability have some idea of what you want to pursue in terms of postgraduate study.
Postgraduate study will provide you with new challenges. You will be expected to work more intensively on your own, you will gradually develop an independence in your studies, and you will in time become inducted into the intoxicating world of primary research.
Although we do offer a range of specific professionally-oriented postgraduate qualifications,the principal focus and purpose of postgraduate work is research. The Faculty of Humanities is particularly proud of its many researchers with well-deserved international reputations. We have, at last count, 80 NRF rated researchers in the Faculty.
Faculty of Humanities
University of Cape Town
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