Master Degrees

Master of Arts in Industrial Sociology (MA)

School of Social Sciences

Programme leader: Prof Johan Zaaiman (Potchefstroom) 

Industrial Sociology is a subject that has many applications. It is valuable in a wide range of work settings. Whatever your eventual career choice, the skills you gain in a master’s degree in Industrial Sociology will prove valuable in many work settings. A master’s degree in Industrial Sociology will expose you to advanced research methodology and writing skills.

Admission requirement: An honours degree in Sociology or an equivalent qualification obtained with an average mark of 65%.

Outcome: The student should be able to undertake advanced research on industry in society and report on it in a scientific manner.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Dissertation – 100%.

Master of Arts in History (MA)

School of Social Sciences

Programme leader: Dr Claudia Gouws (Vanderbijlpark and Potchefstroom) 

History at the North-West University provides opportunities towards master’s-degree and PhD study on a range of topics. Historians in the subject group History hold expertise in fields that include economic history, regional and local history, social history, global histories of British imperialism, gender history, and environmental history. The department is located at all three campuses of the University (Mahikeng, Vanderbijlpark and Potchefstroom), in a region of South Africa often viewed as a crucible for past and present agrarian, land and mining contestation. We welcome a range of topics that help explain the origins and legacies of colonialism, segregation and apartheid, and post-1994 multi-racial democracy in South Africa, that focus on wider histories of the African continent, and that engage in global contexts with the historical roots of our modern world.

Admission requirement: An honours degree in History, Cultural History, Heritage and Cultural Tourism Management or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline obtained with an average mark of 65%.

Application: The candidate who is interested in applying for this programme should write a short one- or two-page statement of intent on the topic they wish to research and submit it along with the application.

Outcome: The student should be able to undertake advanced research on aspects relating to history and report on them in a scientific manner.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Dissertation – 100%.

Master of Arts in Communication (MA)

School of Communication

Programme leader: Dr Tsietsi Mmutle (Mahikeng) and Prof Lynnette Fourie (Potchefstroom) 

Postgraduate studies in Communication afford students the unique opportunity to study communication phenomena from different subdiscipline viewpoints. Our focus is on communication in different, changing contexts. While we broadly distinguish between studies in Journalism and Media Studies, Corporate Communication and Development Communication, specific research topics can relate to more than one field of study.

Currently supervision focuses on the following themes: 

  • Branding and reputation management (Corporate Communication)
  • Community media (Journalism, Development Communication)
  • Corporate social responsibility communication (Corporate Communication, Development Communication)
  • Election communication (Development Communication, Media Studies)
  • Marketing management and marketing communication (Corporate Communication)
  • Media management (Journalism and Media Studies, Corporate Communication)
  • Nature of communication in development contexts (Development Communication)
  • Nature of communication in internal and external corporate environments (Corporate Communication)
  • News quality (misinformation, news literacy and ethics) (Journalism and Media Studies)
  • News making (news production, news dissemination) (Journalism and Media Studies)
  • Relationship management (Corporate Communication)
  • Social media (Journalism and Media Studies, Corporate Communication, Development Communication)
  • Teaching and learning (Journalism and Media Studies)

Admission requirement: A four-year Bachelor of Communication qualification for which the core modules at the fourth-year level were passed with an average of 65%, or an honours degree in Communication that was obtained with an average of 65%, or an equivalent qualification obtained with an average of 65%.

Application: Click here for information regarding the application process

Outcome: The student should be able to do independent research on a specific communication problem by using relevant scientific methods and to document it in a written report.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Dissertation – 100%.

Master of Arts in Public Management and Governance (MA)

School of Government Studies

Programme leader: Prof Luni Vermeulen (Potchefstroom)

The School of Government Studies offers you a range of specialists as supervisors in various subdisciplines of Public Administration. These subdisciplines include Science, Philosophy and Theory of Public Administration; State Capacity and Reform; Public Leadership; Public Sector Ethics; Behavioural Public Administration; Organisational Theory and Studies; Public Governance; Local Government; Comparative and International Public Administration; Public Financial Management; Public Human Resource Management; and Public Innovation and Transformation.

Admission requirement: An honours degree in Development and Management or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline obtained with an average mark of 65%.

Outcome: The student should be able to undertake advanced research on public management phenomena and to report on them in a scientific manner.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Dissertation – 100%.

Master of Arts in Political Studies (MA)

School of Government Studies

Programme leader: Dr Pieter Heydenrych (Potchefstroom) and Mr Sysman Motloung (Vanderbijlpark) 

The Political Science subject group is a suitable space for a self-driven researcher who is eager to enter the academic world or develop new and stimulating ideas in political science. The student will benefit by making a contribution through engaged scholarship on matters of own interest, including to interact with supervisors who are committed to students’ success. The subject group provides opportunities for international engagement and exchange programmes.

A student who also is keen to undertake action research with relevant impact on the community and human lived experiences should enjoy studying with the NWU.

Admission requirement: An honours degree in Political Studies or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline obtained with an average mark of 65%.

Application: Prospective students must prepare a research proposal (10 pages long) to submit along with the application, and liaise with the subject group to advise on the availability of a supervisor.

Outcome: The student should be able to undertake advanced research on political phenomena and report on them in a scientific manner.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Dissertation – 100%.

Master of Arts in Sociology (MA)

School of Social Sciences

Programme leader: Prof Johan Zaaiman (Potchefstroom) 

Sociology is a versatile subject and has many applications. It is valuable in a wide range of work settings. Whatever your eventual career choice, the skills you gain in a master’s degree in Sociology will prove valuable in many work settings. A master’s degree in Sociology will expose you to advanced research methodology and writing skills.

Admission requirement: An honours degree in Sociology or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline obtained with an average mark of 65%.

Outcome: The student should be able to undertake advanced research on social phenomena and report on them in a scientific manner.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Dissertation – 100%.

Master of Arts in Social Anthropology (MA)

School of Social Sciences

Programme leader: Dr Jess Auerbach 

The Anthropology subject group at the NWU offers a unique space for honours-degree and master’s-degree studies in Anthropology. Research foci of the faculty include the anthropology of education, science and technology studies, environments and communities, lusophone and Oceanic Africa and critical whiteness studies. Our programmes prepare students for careers in academia, the government, the NGO sector, consulting, education, and beyond. They equip students to be responsive to 21st-century needs and realities, and to contribute to public debate with skill and sensitivity.

Admission requirement: An honours degree in Social Anthropology or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline obtained with an average mark of 65%.

Outcome: The student should be able to undertake advanced research on social anthropology and report on it in a scientific manner.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Dissertation – 100%.

Master of Development and Management (MOB)

School of Government Studies

The MOB comprises the following four curricula from which prospective students can choose:

The MDM comprises the following four curricula from which prospective students can choose:

  1. Governance and Political Transformation (programme leader: Prof Luni Vermuelen)
  2. Security Studies and Management (programme leader: Dr Barend Prinsloo) (This programme is not offered for 2021.)

It is a structured master’s degree over two years, consisting of six modules and a mini-dissertation.

Students submit six work pieces (five assignments and one research proposal) and write six examinations in the first year.

On passing the research methodology examination, students may be allowed to continue with the mini-dissertation in the second year of study.

Master of Public Administration (MPA) 

School of Government Studies

Programme leader: Prof Luni Vermeulen (Potchefstroom)

Admission requirement: An average of at least 65% in an honours degree in Public Administration, Management or Governance, or an honours degree in a related field, or an average of at least 65% in a postgraduate diploma in Public Management, Administration or Governance, or a related field.

Outcomes of the programme

To provide students with advanced knowledge and skills that will enable them to be self-driven and integrated thinkers who can critically evaluate the literature pertaining to the field of public administration and contribute to their professional growth. The programme further aims to develop researchers to advance knowledge production and local leadership in scholarly activity.

Method of delivery: Part-time.

Assessment method: Formative and summative research assignments.

Structure of the programme: Students enrolled for the programme are required to complete a mini-dissertation. In addition to the mini-dissertation, the programme includes the following compulsory modules that are offered during the first semester:

  • MPAD 811     Public Administration Theory
  • MPAD 812     Research Methodology
  • MPAD 813     Advanced Public Policy Studies

During the second semester, students are required to choose two (2) elective modules from the following options:

  • MPAD 821     Advanced Organisation Studies
  • MPAD 822     Advanced Public Human Resource Management
  • MPAD 823     Advanced Public Financial Management
  • MPAD 824     Local Government

Please note that this programme is not offered for 2021 academic year. 

Master of Philosophy in Philosophy (MPhil)

School of Philosophy

Programme leader: Dr Jean du Toit 

A postgraduate degree in Philosophy is unique because it provides students with the tools to pursue a higher level of critical and creative thinking and argumentation in philosophical ideas and thought. The purpose of the degree is therefore to develop or improve meta-theoretical functioning by guiding students with regard to the broad disciplines of philosophy and ethics (both African and Western) so as to expand their intellectual horizons and explore philosophical questions. The knowledge and skills developed in this degree will contribute to participants’ philosophical competency to engage with real-world problems.

Admission requirement: An honours degree in Philosophy or an equivalent qualification.

Application process: Applications are made formally via the NWU Higher Degrees Admissions department, but pre-application contact can be made via email to Ms Mia Crous (miandra.crous@nwu.ac.za) or Prof AH Verhoef (anne.verhoef@nwu.ac.za). Selection is based on the successful completion of an honours degree in Philosophy for the master’s degree.

Outcome: The student should be able to do advanced research on philosophical phenomena and report on them.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Dissertation – 100%.

Doctoral Degrees

PhD in Social Sciences with Industrial Sociology

School of Social Sciences

Program leader: Prof Johan Zaaiman (Potchefstroom)

Industrial sociology is a subject that has many applications. It is valuable in a wide range of work settings. Whatever career you ultimately choose, the skills you will acquire with a doctorate in Industrial Sociology will be of value in many work settings. A doctorate in Industrial Sociology will expose you to advanced research methodology and writing skills.

Candidates pursuing a PhD must conduct quality research and the dissertation must make a contribution to the field of industrial sociology. It can contribute to careers in a variety of organizations where these advanced skills are valued.

Admission requirement: In addition to the requirements set out in General Rule A.5.2 of the University, the candidate must have obtained a master's degree in Industrial Sociology or an equivalent qualification in a related subject with an average mark of 65%.

Outcome: The candidate must be able to undertake advanced research in the industrial sector and report on it in a scientific manner.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Thesis - 100%.

PhD in Social Sciences with History

School of Social Sciences

Program leader: Dr Claudia Gouws (Potchefstroom and Vanderbijlpark)

History at the North-West University provides opportunities for master's and PhD studies on a variety of topics. Historians in the history group are experts in the fields of economic history, regional and local history, social history, world history of British imperialism, gender history, and environmental history. The department is located on all three campuses of the University (Mahikeng, Vanderbijlpark and Potchefstroom), in a region of South Africa that is often used as a melting pot for a struggle between farmers of the past and the present, and over land and mining is considered. We welcome a range of topics that help explain the origins and legacy of colonialism, segregation and apartheid, and post-1994 multiracial democracy in South Africa, focusing on broader histories of the African continent, and addressing global contexts. engaging with historical roots in our modern world.

Admission requirement: In addition to the requirements set out in General Rule A.5.2 of the University, the candidate must have obtained a master's degree in History or an equivalent qualification in a related subject with an average mark of 65%.

Application process: The candidate who is interested in applying for this program must write a short statement of intent of one or two pages on the topic they want to research and submit it with the application.

Outcome: The candidate must be able to undertake advanced research and report on it in a scientific manner.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Thesis - 100%.

PhD in Social Sciences with Public Management and Government

School of Government Studies

Program leader: Prof Luni Vermeulen (Potchefstroom)

The School of Government Studies offers you a variety of specialists as study leaders in the various subdisciplines of Public Administration. These include: Science, Philosophy and Theory of Public Administration; State Capacity and Reform; Public Leadership; Public Sector Ethics, Public Administration Behavior; Organizational theory and studies; Public Management; Local Government; Comparative and International Public Administration; Public Finance Management; Public Human Resource Management; and Public Innovation and Transformation.

Admission requirement: In addition to the requirements set out in General Rule A.5.2 of the University, the candidate had to have a master's degree in Public Management and Government or a master's degree in Public Administration or an equivalent qualification in a related subject with an average. point of 65%.

Outcome: The candidate must be able to undertake and report on advanced research projects in a scientific manner.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Thesis - 100%.

PhD in Social Sciences with Political Studies

School of Government Studies

Program leader: Dr Pieter Heydenrych (Potchefstroom) and Mr Sysman Motloung (Vanderbijlpark)

The subject group is a suitable space for a self-driven researcher who is eager to enter the academic world or develop new and stimulating ideas in political science. The student will benefit by making a contribution through relevant expertise on issues in which they are interested, including being involved with supervisors who are committed to the students' success. The subject group provides opportunities for international involvement and exchange programs. A student who would also like to conduct action research with a relevant impact on the community and on lived experiences of people, should enjoy studying at the NWU.

Admission requirement: In addition to the requirements set out in General Rule A.5.2 of the University, the candidate must have obtained a master's degree in Political Studies or an equivalent qualification in a related subject with an average mark of 65%.

Application process: Prospective students must prepare a research proposal (10 pages long) and submit it with the application, and liaise with the subject group to obtain advice on the availability of a supervisor for their PhD. Outcome: The candidate must be able to undertake and report on advanced research projects in a scientific manner.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Thesis - 100%.

PhD in Social Sciences with Sociology

School of Social Sciences

Program leader: Prof Johan Zaaiman (Potchefstroom)

Sociology is a versatile subject and has many applications. It is valuable in a wide range of work settings. Whatever career you ultimately choose, the skills you will acquire with a doctorate in Sociology will be of value in many work settings. Candidates pursuing a PhD must conduct quality research and the dissertation must make a contribution to the field of sociology. It can contribute to careers in a variety of organizations where these advanced skills are valued.

Admission requirement: In addition to the requirements set out in General Rule A.5.2 of the University, the candidate must have obtained a master's degree in Sociology or an equivalent qualification in a related subject with an average mark of 65%.

Outcome: The candidate should be able to conduct advanced scientific research and provide a professional and scientific report on their research.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Thesis - 100%.

PhD in Social Sciences with Governance and Political Transformation

School of Government Studies

Program leader: Prof Luni Vermeulen (Potchefstroom)

Admission requirement: In addition to the requirements set out in General Rule A.5.2 of the University, the candidate had to obtain a master's degree in Development and Management (curriculum L885P) or an equivalent qualification in a related subject with an average mark of 65%. acquired.

Outcome: The candidate must be able to undertake and report on advanced research projects in a scientific manner.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Thesis - 100%.

PhD in Social Sciences with Security Studies and Management

School of Government Studies

Program leader: Dr Barend Prinsloo

Admission requirement: In addition to the requirements set out in General Rule A.5.2 of the University, the candidate had to have a master's degree in Development and Management (curriculum L886P) or an equivalent qualification in a related subject with an average mark of 65%. acquired.

Outcome: The candidate must be able to undertake and report on advanced research projects in a scientific manner.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Thesis - 100%.

PhD in Social Sciences with Social Transformation and Management

School of Social Sciences

Program leader: Prof Johan Zaaiman (Potchefstroom)

Candidates pursuing a PhD must conduct quality research and the dissertation must contribute to the field of Social Transformation and Management. It can contribute to careers in a variety of organizations where these advanced skills are valued.

Admission requirement: In addition to the requirements set out in General Rule A.5.2 of the University, the candidate had to obtain a master's degree in Development and Management (curriculum L887P) or an equivalent qualification in a related subject with an average mark of 65%. acquired.

Outcome: The candidate must be able to undertake and report on advanced research projects in a scientific manner.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Thesis - 100%.

PhD in Communication Science

School of Communication

Program leader: Prof Lynnette Fourie (Potchefstroom) and Dr Tsietsi Mmutle (Mahikeng)

Postgraduate studies in Communication Science give students the unique opportunity to study communication phenomena from different subdisciplinary views. Our focus is on communication in different, changing contexts. Although we broadly distinguish between studies in Journalism and Media Studies, Corporate Communication and Development Communication, specific research topics may be related to more than one field of study.

Study guidance currently focuses on the following themes:

  • Branding and Reputation Management (Corporate Communications)
  • Community Media (Journalism, Development Communication)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Communication (Corporate Communication, Development Communication)
  • Election Communication (Development Communication, Media Studies)
  • Marketing Management and Marketing Communication (Corporate Communication)
  • Media Management (Journalism and Media Studies, Corporate Communication)
  • The nature of communication in development contexts (Development Communication)
  • The nature of communication in internal and external corporate environments (Corporate Communication)
  • News quality (false information, news literacy and ethics) (Journalism and Media Studies)
  • News creation (news production, news distribution) (Journalism and Media Studies)
  • Relationship Management (Corporate Communications) Social Media (Journalism and Media Studies, Corporate Communication, Development Communication)
  • Teaching and learning (Journalism and Media Studies)

Admission requirement: In addition to the requirements set out in General Rule A.5.2 of the University, the candidate must have obtained a master's degree in Communication Science or an equivalent qualification in a related subject with an average mark of 65%.

Application process: For information on the application process

Outcome: The candidate must be able to undertake and report on advanced research projects in a scientific manner.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Thesis - 100%.

PhD in Philosophy

School of Philosophy

A postgraduate degree in Philosophy is unique in that it provides students with the tools to pursue a higher level of critical and creative thinking and argumentation in philosophical ideas and thinking. The aim of the degree is therefore to develop metatheoretical functioning by guiding students with regard to the broad disciplines of philosophy and ethics (from Africa as well as Western) so that their intellectual horizons can be broadened and philosophical questions explored. The knowledge and skills developed in this degree will contribute to participants' philosophical competence and the ability to engage in real problems.

Program leader: Dr Jean du Toit (Potchefstroom)

Admission requirement: In addition to the requirements set out in General Rule A.5.2 of the University, the candidate must have obtained a master's degree in Philosophy or an equivalent qualification in a related subject with an average mark of 65%.Application process: Applications are formally made via the NWU Higher Grades Admissions Department, but pre-application contact can be made via e-mail to Ms Mia Crous or Prof AH Verhoef. Selection is based on the successful completion of a master's degree in Philosophy.

Outcome: The student will be able to do research at an advanced level with regard to philosophical issues, they will be able to contribute to new knowledge about the relevant problem and report on it in a scientific manner.

Method of delivery: Full-time and part-time.

Assessment method: Thesis - 100%.

 

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