Master of Education

The Master of Education by dissertation or by coursework and research report is a 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time degree.


The Master of Education Degree Programme can be completed either by coursework and research report or by dissertation only. Students can study full time (one year to complete the programme) or part-time (two years to complete the programme). 

For the MEd by coursework and research report, students select three courses, of which two are normally selected from the 'course package' most closely related to their likely area of research. 

These packages include:

  • Applied language and literacy education
  • Curriculum and Tertiary Teaching
  • Education Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Education and Work
  • Educational Technology
  • Inclusive Education
  • Mathematics and Science Education

The third course may be selected from another package in the School of Education or, subject to approval, from those offered by other schools in the Faculty of Humanities or in Science Education. In addition, a course in research design prepares students for the research report which comprises half the requirements for the completion of the degree.

Entry Requirements

Students normally require an average of 65% in an Honours Degree in Education and at least 65% in the Honours Research Project.

International students may have to pass the IELTS test of English proficiency, with a score of at least 7. Please contact the International Office for more details.

The above are minimum requirements and assessments of each applicant’s writing and previous experience are also made. Interviews with applicants might also be requested.

For admission into the Masters by dissertation, an excellent Honours research project is normally required (70% or higher)

University Application Process

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students, please check this section.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at

University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees site also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.