UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

Masters of Arts in Psychology by Coursework and Research Report

The discipline of Psychology offers two research-focused MA degrees:

1. Master of Arts in the field of Psychology by Research

2. Master of Arts in the field of Psychology by Coursework and Research Report

 

Master of Arts in the field of Psychology by Research
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 two years full-time, or four years part-time.

Requirements:
1. An Honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, achieved with a minimum pass of 70%
2. The availability of a member of staff able to supervise the area of interest*
3. Favourable referee reports
4. Favourable performance in a selection interview
5. Diversity considerations

* PLEASE NOTE that prospective applicants should consult with the Course Coordinator, Dr Kevin Whitehead, prior to submitting an application in order to establish whether a suitable supervisor is available should the applicant be accepted.

 

Master of Arts in Psychology by Coursework and Research Report
This degree is a well-established programme with a focus on developing practical research expertise. The degree requires students to complete three coursework modules, including a compulsory course in Multivariate Research Design and Analysis, and 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 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.

Requirements:
1. An Honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, achieved with a minimum pass of 65%
2. Favourable referee reports
3. Favourable performance in a selection interview
4. Diversity considerations

List of coursework modules

a) Compulsory module

PSYC7025 - Multivariate Research Design and Analysis

b) Elective modules

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

Alternatively, a course from another Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities might be substituted for ONE of the elective modules, with the permission of the Course Coordinator.

NOTE: These modules will not all be offered every year, and modules will not be offered if they are not selected by a sufficient number of students.

Information:
Further information may be obtained by contacting the Course Coordinator, Dr Kevin Whitehead, or the Postgraduate Admin Officer, Ms Mmopiemang Sesing-Letsike.

 

APPLICATION FOR STUDY

The application closing date for study in 2015 is 29 August 2014.

Application booklet 2014 for 2015 [available for download later this year]

A complete application requires submission of:

  • University postgraduate application form;
  • Departmental application form [available for download later this year];
  • 2 completed referee reports [available for download later this year];
  • Certified copies of academic records
  • A piece of academic writing, e.g., a journal article, Honours class paper, or chapter out of your Honours research report
  • A brief biographical essay (less than 1000 words) describing your previous educational experiences, with specific reference to why you are applying for the programme, and any significant obstacles you have overcome in order to reach the point of applying for the programme


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.