MEd Programme with Languages Specialisation

Take your education career to the next level with our MEd Programme! It offers you an exceptional opportunity to enhance your expertise, dive into focused research, and receive advanced training in language and literacy education.



  1. Focused Research: Dive deep into language and literacy education topics that matter to you and contribute to the advancement of the field.
  2. Flexible Pathways: Choose between 1) coursework with a research report or a full dissertation.
  3. Comprehensive Courses: Our Master’s level courses are designed to equip you with the latest theories, paradigms, and methodologies in applied language studies.
  4. Lecturers: Benefit from the insights and mentorship of our renowned educators and researchers.
  5. Cutting-Edge Research: Our Division responds to South Africa’s diverse cultural and linguistic context, resulting in groundbreaking research that addresses real-world challenges.

Join a community of experts dedicated to shaping the future of education in a multicultural and multilingual context. Apply now and shape the future of language and literacy education.

Career Opportunities

  • Language Curriculum Developer
  • Literacy Specialist
  • Educational Researcher
  • Language Programme Coordinator
  • University Lecturer
  • Language Education Consultant
  • School Management (subject leader, vice principal, principal)

Entry Requirements

MEd by Coursework and Research Report:

  • An Honours degree with an average of at least 65%, with a language specialisation (this does not need to be in Education, but experience in the field would be an added advantage).

MEd by Dissertation:

  • An Honours degree with an average of 70% with a language specialisation.

*Applicants who do not meet the minimum marks required, but have experience in language education, should enquire about special admissions procedures.

NB: The last day to register for application on the Wits system is 30 October. Once you have created a profile, however, you will have until December to upload relevant documents.

Course Application Process

For an MEd by coursework, you need to register for both of the following courses:
  • EDUC7031A Research Report
  • EDUC7030A Research Design 
In addition, you will select three of the following courses:
  • EDUC7115A Paradigms and Methods in Applied Studies 
  • EDUC7119A Critical Literacy, New Literacy Studies and Multi-literacies 
  • EDUC7122A Language and Assessment (advanced)
  • EDUC7123A Language Policy and Planning 

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.