Arts & Social Science
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Current Students

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First Year Academy 

The First Year Academy was launched in 2007 to improve first-year students' academic success. During the first six weeks of the academic year, students do Early Assessment tests as an early academic gauge of their academic progress. When students who are most likely to need additional support are identified early on in the academic year, assistance can be provided in time and their chances of long-term success can be improved. In the second term extra tutorials (over & above normal subject tutorials) are introduced which are compulsory for students who failed subjects in their Early Assessment. Students can participate in the teaching and learning process by approaching their class representatives or lecturers about academic challenges they might experience. Student feedback at the end of a subject module can also be used constructively to communicate with lecturers about their teaching strengths and weaknesses.

Outside our Faculty, students can get help from the following service environments that can enhance their academic performance: the Centre for Student Counselling and Development (study guidance, stress management, personal counselling) and theLanguage Centre (essay writing, academic writing skills; trilingual subject glossaries).

Contact details for the First Year Academy:

Ms Anita Jonker (Student Support Coordinator in the Faculty) 
Tel: 021 808 2081 
E-mail

Where to find us: 
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 
Arts Building 
Fourth floor 
Room 460

PostGraduate Examinations Office (PEO)


The Postgraduate Examinations Office (PEO) manages certain aspects of the examination of Doctoral and Master's candidates in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It is responsible for:

  • sending the thesis/dissertation to the internal and external examiners;
  • following up the examination process;
  • receiving the reports of all the examiners;
  • sending the examiners' reports of Master's candidates to departments for the calculation of the final mark;
  • dealing, in accordance with the prescribed procedures, with cases where serious differences have arisen between examiners of Master's candidates;
  • dealing, in accordance with the prescribed procedures, with cases where serious differences have arisen between examiners of doctoral candidates which the examination committee has been unable to resolve;
  • arranging, in consultation with the non-examining chairs, the oral examinations of doctoral candidates.
The procedure for submission of doctoral dissertations and Master's theses is as follows:

  • The student must inform the PEO of his/her intention to graduate by handing in the prescribed form.
  • When the thesis/dissertation is ready for examining, a copy for each examiner, in the correct format for sending to the examiners, must be handed in to the PEO.
Contact details of Postgraduate Examinations Office:
Ms Nicky Steenstra (Administrative Officer) 
Phone: 021-808-2012 
Fax: 021-808-2123 
E-mail

Where to find us: 
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 
Arts Building 
Fourth floor 
Room 483

Important links to all students: 

  • Want to know when the University's academic begins and when you can have those much needed breaks in between your busy study schedule each year, clickhere.
  • To find faculties, departments, centres and units easily on campus, visit the University's A-Z list by clicking here
  • The Postgraduate Skills Programme of the Postgraduate and International Office offers workshops, short courses and conferences to postgraduate students who would like to improve on their research skills, thereby improving the quality of their research and who wish to gain the skills to finish their postgraduate studies on time.


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