Social Work
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M Programme in Social Work

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​The M in Social Work entails a research project.


Admission requirements

The entry level for the Master's degree is a four-year B degree in Social Work or equivalent qualification as approved by the Senate. An average of 65% for Social Work as major subject is required for admission to the M programme. See the  University Calendar.


Programme structure and contents

The programme extends over a minimum period of one year. Students have to complete their studies within two years, which may be discontinued by the Department in case of unsatisfactory progress. New students must attend a research workshop in the last week of January which does not contribute to the performance mark. The rest of the programme consists of self-study without any coursework. Students choose a topic for a thesis within a specific field of social work (see the research areas of the Department of Social Work) and conduct an independent research project under the study guidance of a supervisor. ​

For study fees please ​consult the fees page​​​

Application process

  1. Download the Departmental Postgraduate Screening form here.​
  2. Complete and submit the Departmental Postgraduate Screening Form to Prof. Engelbrecht (​).
  3. Apply online at ​ ​
  4. If your qualifications in Social Work were obtained at a tertiary institution outside South Africa, the Postgraduate Office will determine your eligibility to postgraduate studies by conducting a credential evaluation of your qualification(s) upon receipt of a formal application lodged to the University.
  5. Applications open at the beginning of April and close at the end of August.
  6. Feedback on the success of the application will be provided in October with further details regarding the specific date for the postgraduate workshop to be attended.
  7. Students must register before the end of March, and must register every year for the full period of study until the degree is obtained.

For inquiries: 

Prof Lambert Engelbrecht
Tel.: (021) 808 2073