Research degrees

Masters degrees

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Applicants are required to have a honours degree or equivalent qualification. In addition, all applications for Masters by Research (Dissertation 100%) are required to submit a research outline . No formal registration can take place until the proposal has been considered and approved by the department. policy and must be approved by the Head of Department (HoD). Registration procedure:

Registration is processed by the Faculty Office. The student is required to obtain the signatures of the Programme Convenor and the Deans' representative (Deputy Dean: Research, Director: Graduate Programmes or Graduate Programmes Officer) before the registration is completed and recorded on the system. An MOU (or Progress  & Planned Activity Report -PPA ) must be submitted before registration. Online registration is available for some programmes, students will be informed if they are eligible to do so.

Appointment of supervisors:

  • Research Masters: the candidate is accepted when the research proposal is accepted and the supervisor approved by the HoD. The HoD forwards the research proposal, which details the supervisor, to the Faculty Office who refers the recommendation for ratification to the Director: Graduate Studies. It is then published in the Dean's Circular.
  • Coursework Masters: candidates are required to have approval for their research topic and supervisor by the end of first year of studies. The HoD forwards the name of the supervisor and the research topic to the Director: Postgraduate Studies and Funding It is then published in the Dean's Circular.


Continuing students' performance is monitored annually. Before re-registration is recommended in subsequent years, supervisors confirm that progress has been satisfactory (October each year). The HOD reports to the Faculty Examinations Committee on the coursework results and the progress of students registered for higher degrees. The Faculty Office enters the appropriate code for each student. Students whose progress is deemed to be unsatisfactory will not be permitted to re-register.  Students exceeding the recommended time for the degree are also informed of this.

Examination procedures:

Examination of masters' theses is administered by the Faculty Office. Students are required to submit a notice of intention 6 weeks prior to submitting their dissertation.Once such notice is received, the Faculty Office requests nominations for examiners from departments. Nominations are put to the Director of Graduate Studies, and if supported, published in a DC for faculty approval. Approved examiners are approached by the Faculty Office and the thesis submitted by the Faculty Office for examination. Masters' theses are examined by two external examiners; the supervisor is required to provide a non-evaluative report and is not part of the examination process. The examiners' reports and recommendations are considered by the Masters Dissertation Examinations Committee (MDEC). The MDEC makes a decision on the basis of the examiners' reports. The student is advised of MDEC's recommendation by the Faculty Office.