Research Development

Research Development

UWC is a research-rich environment with 50% of its academic staff holding doctorates, and 20% of all its students registered as postgraduates. Most departments have graduate programmes, some with the largest intake in the country. There are many institutes and centres with a strong research emphasis.

There are also significant projects and programmes which draw on expertise across departments and faculties, along with joint endeavours between UWC and the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch.

Research at UWC has an international dimension. UWC’s major network of international partners ensures an inflow of students and eminent scholars from other countries, enriching the environment. Some major projects are undertaken jointly with partners abroad. Many UWC scholars speak at international conferences and publish in internationally-respected journals and books. There is also a strong and growing relationship with institutions in other countries in Africa, Europe and North America, leading to research partnerships, joint capacity building, and a flow of postgraduate students to UWC.

In addition, UWC Honours and Master’s graduates have won a number of major international scholarships. They have done well in doctoral programmes abroad.

Qualification Structure

The general qualification structure for degrees at South African universities is a three-year Bachelor’s degree, followed by a one-year Honours degree, a one or two-year Master’s degree (either coursework and mini-thesis, or thesis), and a degree of Doctor awarded on a thesis. Professional first degrees are four years or more in length and it is not uncommon to move directly from such a degree into a Master’s programme.

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas are also offered in some areas.

Postgraduate studies can be followed full-time and part-time.

Admission requirements

Before admitting them, the university must satisfy itself that applicants are equipped to undertake work at their chosen level. The most common means of establishing such competence is good performance in the junior degree. However, other qualifications, appropriate experience and significant achievements in the field may also be taken into account.

In certain disciplines and areas there may be additional requirements. You would do well to contact the department you are interested in for further information about programmes, entrance requirements and selection criteria.

In the sections that follow you will find:

• a list of qualifications which UWC is accredited to offer

• some information which may be useful to you about research focuses and facilities at UWC


PG Dip (Library and Information studies)

Postgraduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies

Postgraduate Degrees


BA (Hons)

… cont:


MA / (MLIS) Master in Library and Information Studies / (MTh) Master of Theology / MPhil (Master of Philosophy)


Dth (Doctor of Theology) / PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Community & Health Sciences


MSc – in Nutrition Management


Master in Nursing

PhD Nursing

Occupational Therapy

MSC (Occupational Therapy)


BSc (Hons) (Physiotherapy)

MSc (Physiotherapy)

PhD (Physiotherapy)


MA (Psychology)

M (Psychology)

PhD (Psychology)

Public Health

PGDPH – Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

MPH (Public Health)

PhD (Public Health)

Social Work

MA (Social Work)

Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family studies

MA (Child & Family Studies)


Sport Recreation and Exercise Science

BA or BSc (Hons) (Biokinetics)

BA (Hons) (Sport, Recreation Management)

BA (Hons) (Sport and Exercise Science)

MA (Sport, Recreation & Exercise Science)



PDD (Postgraduate Diploma in Dentistry) is offered in the following disciplines:

  • Aesthetic Dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Forensic Dentistry
  • Implantology
  • Interceptive Orthodontics
  • Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Minor Oral Surgery
  • Oral Pathology
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Sedation & Pain Control

MSc (Dent) in:

  • Forensic Dentistry
  • Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral Medicine and Periodontology
  • Oral Pathology
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry

MChD with specialisation in:

  • Community Dentistry
  • Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
  • Oral Medicine and Periodontics
  • Oral Pathology
  • Orthodontics
  • Prosthodontics

(Admission to the MChD programme for foreign candidates is subject to the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s approval).


DSc (Odontology)

Economic & Management Sciences

Advanced Diploma in Management

Advanced Diploma in Public Administration

Postgraduate Diploma in Land and Agrarian studies

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

Postgraduate Diploma in Finance

BAdmin (Hons)

BCom (Hons) (Accounting) (Accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)

BCom (Hons)

BCom (Hons) (Finance)

BCom (Hons) (Management)

B.A (Hon) Development Studies

BEcon (Hons)

M Administration

M Com

MCom (Information Management)

M Economics

M Public Administration

M Philosophy

Master in Development Studies



Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law

LLM/MPhil by coursework with specialisation in:

  • Constitutional Litigation
  • International and Human Rights Law
  • Environmental Law
  • International Trade, Business and Investment Law
  • Labour Law

LLM/MPhil by thesis




Postgrad Diploma (Integrated Water Resource Management)

BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons) (Applied Geology)

BSc (Hons)( Chemistry Geology)

BSc (Hons) (Biodiversity and Conservation Biology)

BSc (Hons) (Biotechnology)

BSc (Hons) (Environmental and Water Science)

BSc (Hons) (Herbal Science)

BSc (Hons) (Medical Bioscience)

BSc (Hons) (Physical Science)

BSc (Hons) (Structural Biology)

MPhil (Integrated Water Resource Management)

MPhil (Population Studies)


MSc (Applied Geology)

MSc (Biodiversity and Conservation Biology)

MSc (Biotechnology)

MSc (Bioinformatics)

MSc (Computational Finance)

MSc (Environmental Science)

MSc (Chemical Science)

MSc (Computer Science)

MSc (Mathematical Science)

MSc (Medical Bioscience)

MSc (Nano Science)

MSc (Statistical Science)

MSc (Herbal Science)

MSc (Physical Science)

MSc (Structural Biology)

MSc (Water Resource Management)

MSc (Pharmaceutical Science)

MSc (Pharmacy Administration & Policy Legislation)




BSc (Hons) Population Studies

BSc (Hons) Chemistry

BSc (Hons) Mathematical Science

BSc (Hons) Statistical Science

BSc (Hons) Computer Science

BSc (Hons) Computational Finance

MSc (Chemical Science)

MSc (Statistical Science)

MSc (Pharmacy Admin and Policy Regulation)

MSc (Petroleum Geology)

MSc (Mathematical Science)

MSc (Nanoscience)

MSc (Medical Bioscience)


PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education)

BEd (Hons)

M Education – by coursework and mini-thesis, or by full thesis only.

Masters in Adult Learning and Global Change

PhD – Thesis only

Various specialisations:

• Curriculum

• Pedagogy

• Language in Education

• Mathematics and Science Education

• Educational Management and Policy

• School Improvement

• Inclusive Education

• Adult Education

• Support Services

• Higher Education

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