Graduate Degrees by Project

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We are proud to be one of only a few institutions to offer this option for your PhD or Masters study. It involves a combination of mentor-led instruction and in-depth assignments and projects, for which you will be able to choose your focus area – 2 for the Master’s, and 4 for a Doctorate degree. You will work closely with your mentor throughout.

It will be up to you to ‘demonstrate’ through assignments/projects that you are qualified, experienced, knowledgeable and up-to-date in your area of specialisation. You will be working with your mentoor and your knowledge and skills will be tested at each stage of the program. Through this, we are able to carefully assess your abilities and expertise..

As a candidate you will be considered a ‘learner‘.

Learners are required to complete several primer modules which provide the basics for adequately conducting research for a graduate degree. Upon completion, the learner can then work on a project(s) with the approval of the mentor and the College.

Please note that learners are able to turn work-related projects to this advantage. By conducting substantive, systematic, rigorous and independent investigation into issues raised, students can produce material that is not only meaningful to themselves but also useful for application in their own careers.

Learners can nominate their own mentors or be allocated one by the Graduate Studies Committee. Throughout the program as mentioned, the learner will work closely with the mentor by any method chosen by them. This may be online and/or face-to-face.

At the end of each term, the learner and the mentor must each submit a progress report to the Graduate Studies Committee. These reports are monitored closely so that the learner can be guided and counselled accordingly.

Each assignment/project is submitted to and graded by the mentor. These are approximately 10,000 words in length and must meet high standards in presentation, critical analysis and content. Initially, the mentor and the learner will decide together on the topics and the overall focus, which then will be submitted for approval by the Graduate Studies Committee.

At the end of the program, all assignments are submitted to the Graduate Studies Committee together with reports from the Mentor and the external examiners. In some cases, an oral examination (viva voce) may be required either in person, or by other techniques. A learner cannot progress to the next assignment/project until the current one is passed. The penalty for not meeting the required academic standards, he or she will fail, or receive a lesser degree.

This program is ideal for those candidates who are involved with, or used to project-based work. Students new to research, or who need to brush up on their research skills will find this program invaluable. For success in this module, a person needs to be motivated, able to adapt, and posess a high degree of practicality. Degrees by project candidates can link work competencies and professional development goals to these projects as well (with approval). Accepted students may matriculate (begin) on the first of any month.

A Master’s Degree may be obtained within one academic year, or less for those with advanced placement.

A PhD/DBA may be completed within two academic years in exceptional circumstance.

Transfer students from other institutions are welcome to apply, and advanced standing may be given for previous study and research.

Extensions are permitted (maximum of six terms for Master’s and ten terms for Doctorate).

A semester is 4 months. Students are required to pay separately for extension terms. Please refer to the Fees section for more information. Also, see Financial Aid and Scholarships.

The first day of any month, and the term begins the first date of matriculation (entry) when the student is approved as a researcher. Find out HOW TO APPLY.

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