UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

Research-related MA programmes

The Department of Psychology offers three research-related MA degrees:

  1. MA in Psychology by Research (Dissertation)
  2. MA in the field of Psychology by Coursework and Research Report
  3. MA in the field of Social and Psychological Research by Coursework and Research Report

 

MA in Psychology by Research (Dissertation)

This degree requires that the student completes a research dissertation. The student works with a supervisor on a topic of their choice. This degree is usually selected by students who enjoy working independently and wish to pursue their interest in a particular topic. Students are expected to complete the degree within 1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time.

Requirements:

  1. An Honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, achieved with a minimum pass of 70%
  2. Demonstrated potential to succeed in the programme, based on responses to questions on the application form and favourable performance in a selection interview
  3. Favourable referee reports
  4. Equity considerations
  5. The availability of a member of staff able to supervise in the area of interest

 

MA in the field of Psychology by Coursework and Research Report

This degree focuses on developing advanced conceptual expertise in one or more areas of Psychology, while also allowing for advanced training in a specialised research approach (quantitative, qualitative or applied research). The degree requires students to complete three coursework modules, a maximum of one of which can be a research methods module, as well as completing a research report.

The MA in Psychology by Coursework and Research Report may be done as a full-time or part-time degree. Students are expected to complete the degree in one year if registered full-time, and in two years if doing the course part-time. The degree equips students to work in specialised conceptual or research-related areas, or applied work in NGOs or other sectors (depending on the modules completed for the degree), and can serve as a basis for an academic career.

Requirements:

  1. An Honours degree in Psychology (or a related discipline), achieved with a minimum average mark of 65%
  2. Demonstrated potential to succeed in the programme, based on responses to questions on the application form and favourable performance in a selection interview
  3. Favourable referee reports
  4. Equity considerations

Coursework modules :

a) At least two of the following modules must be completed:

PSYC7027 - Qualitative Methods
PSYC7032 - Research in Context
PSYC7033 - Selected Topic in Psychology
PSYC7037 - Cognitive Neuropsychology
PSYC7052 - A Psychology of Childhood

b) A maximum of one of the following modules may be completed:

PSYC7025 - Multivariate Research Design and Analysis
PSYC7026 - Programme Evaluation
PSYC7027 - Qualitative Methods
PSYC7032 - Research in Context

Alternatively, a module from another Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities may be substituted for ONE of the above modules, with the permission of the Course Coordinator.

NOTE: These modules may not all be offered every year, and a module may be cancelled if an insufficient number of students elect to take it.

 

MA in the field of Social and Psychological Research by Coursework and Research Report

This degree focuses on developing practical research expertise in quantitative, qualitative and applied research methods. The degree requires students to complete three coursework modules, all of which are compulsory, and a research report.

The MA in Social and Psychological Research by Coursework and Research Report may be done as a full-time or part-time degree. Students are expected to complete the degree in one year if doing the course full-time, and in two years if doing the course part-time. The degree equips students to be multi-skilled social science researchers, and can serve as a basis for an academic career. This is the only degree offered by the Department that leads to registration as a Research Psychologist with the HPCSA (and only if followed by an accredited one year internship). However, the degree is also suitable for students from related social science disciplines who wish to pursue research careers, but are not eligible for registration with the HPCSA.

Requirements:

  1. An Honours degree in Psychology (or a related discipline), achieved with a minimum average mark of 65%
  2. Demonstrated potential to succeed in the programme, based on responses to questions on the application form and favourable performance in a selection interview
  3. Favourable referee reports
  4. Equity considerations

Coursework modules (all compulsory):

PSYC7025 - Multivariate Research Design and Analysis
PSYC7027 - Qualitative Methods
PSYC7032 - Research in Context

 

Applications

In order to apply for one of these programmes, the following must be submitted by 29 August 2014:

 

These documents can be submitted (electronically, as hard copies, or by fax) to:
Ms Mmopiemang Sesing-Letsike
Discipline of Psychology
University of the Witwatersrand
Private Bag 3
Wits 2050
South Africa

Telephone number: 011 717 4541
Fax number: 011 717 4559
Email: Mmopiemang.Sesing-Letsike@wits.ac.za

PLEASE NOTE that applicants who have obtained their previous degrees from a non-South African university need to apply to SAQA for accreditation before submitting an application.

 

Information

Information about the programmes and modules is available in the Application Booklet. Queries can be directed to the Course Coordinator, Prof. Kevin Whitehead (kevin.whitehead@wits.ac.za) or the Postgraduate Admin Officer, Ms Mmopiemang Sesing-Letsike (Mmopiemang.Sesing-Letsike@wits.ac.za).