Office for International Education
The medium of instruction and examination at the NMMU is English.
All International research Master’s and Doctoral students may be required to spend at least nine months of their period of study on the campus. Applicants can also be required to spend three weeks on-campus to finalise research proposals before final admission.
The South African Higher Education system operates mostly as a 3-1-1-2 system. This means the following: an undergraduate bachelor of three years or a four year professional qualification followed by, in most cases, a one year postgraduate programme referred to as an Honours degree. This specialist-taught programme is required for entrance to a Master’s programme. Most research Master’s programmes have a one year minimum duration followed by a two year minimum registration for a Doctoral programme.
Admission to all these programmes are based on academic excellence in previous studies. Applications from applicants that acquired an average mark of 60% or higher in their previous qualification, will be considered for admission. Admission to any programme is also determined by the capacity to supervise a postgraduate research topic. Prospective applicants are thus required to provide, along with their application, a complete academic transcript of previous studies, and all other relevant documentation that will assist the University to make an informed admissions decision.
Applicants that consider the submission of an application for a research Master’s qualification or an application for Doctoral studies should also submit a study proposal that includes a comprehensive description of the field of study as well as a description of the study topic. Applicants should also include the application fee with the application. Detailed admissions criteria for all the different qualifications offered at postgraduate level are provided in the University prospectus. Applicants considering Honours and coursework Master’s programmes should apply during the dates prescribed for postgraduate students.
Tel: +27 (0) 41 504 1111
Fax: +27 (0) 41 504 2574 / 2731
PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Port Elizabeth, 6031, South Africa
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