Mpumalanga University Postgraduate Application 2020

By | June 11, 2019

About Mpumalanga University Postgraduate Application

Mpumalanga University Postgraduate Application 2020

This research programme is composed of a research proposal and a dissertation. Selection for this programme is based on candidates meeting the minimum academic requirements required for admission; their previous academic performance; applicable academic and/or teaching background; availability of supervision for the required research project; proven academic potential which may include academic communication and computer application skills; additionally, an interview may be requested; the requirements of professional registration bodies; the discretion of the head of department. 


The Bachelor of Development Studies Honours degree affords development studies graduate an opportunity to further and advance their studies. Furthermore, students will be expected to do a year course research module and project (to produce about 45 pages’ mini-dissertation) which will give them a better understanding of relationships, connections and synergies of different development concepts, debates and discourses pertaining to their areas of study interest. The honours degree also provides a bridging gap to those students who want to do Masters and Doctoral degree respectively, either within the University of Mpumalanga or elsewhere. 

PROGRAMME CURRICULUM
DURATION
The minimum duration to finish the honours degree is 1 year, for 120 credits. All students are required to successfully complete and submit a mini-dissertation before the qualification can be awarded. 

CURRICULUM: 
The Bachelor of Development Studies Honours degree is designed to bring about a deeper understanding of issues, topics and themes which students dealt with in their undergraduate studies: 

Semester 1
In this semester, all students must take Rural and Social Development and Project Planning and Management. They must also select one subject from Entrepreneurship Development or Financing for Development.

Semester 2
In this semester, students are to take Development Planning and Management, Environmental Planning and Management, and Macroeconomics for Developing Countries, with Research Methodology and Project as the fundamental year subject. 

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) AND CREDIT ACCUMULATION AND TRANSFER (CAT):
The University accepts Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as an integral part of education and academic practice. It is acknowledged that all learning has value and the University accepts the challenge to assess prior learning that is aligned to programmes and award credit (through CAT) to promote lifelong learning. The purpose of the University of Mpumalanga’s RPL and CAT policy, is to recognize prior learning in order to provide for admission to programmes, grant advanced placement in programmes and grant credits for modules using the principles and processes that serve as basis for RPL practices.

ENQUIRIES 
School of Developmental Studies
Dr Thanyani Madzivhandila (Programme Leader)
Tel: 013 002 0198 
E-mail: t.madzivhandila@ump.ac.za

Ms Lewane Nchabeleng (Administration Assistant)
Tel: 013 002 0198 

Click here to download fees for Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation
The Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation at the University of Mpumalanga (UMP) has a strong focus on the inclusion of people in conservation and has been carefully designed to provide very clear career paths for students. Mpumalanga, and South Africa more broadly, are characterised by competing and often conflicting demands for land for agriculture and forestry, for conservation and tourism, for mining, and for human settlement. Thus, the new generation of conservationists must be able to work in this contested space and understand the genuine demands from all the players. This is a key aim of the Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation. 

Completion of the Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation will provide an important opportunity for progression for those students who wish to continue with their studies at the UMP. It will also provide a route into further postgraduate studies (Post-Graduate Diploma, Masters and Doctoral studies). 

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PROGRAMME CURRICULUM
DURATION
The Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation is at exit level 7 on the HEQSF, with a requirement of 120 credits as a minimum. The Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation is offered over 1 year. 

CURRICULUM: 
The focus of the Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation will be to produce graduates with strong theoretical and applied skills in: 
1) research and problem solving skills to solve complex problems when employed in the nature conservation industry; 
2) applied and adaptive management of fauna and flora inside and outside protected areas; and 
3) the human-wildlife interface, and the implications thereof. 

The Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation will consist of four modules, each worth 30 credits. These modules are Protected Area Management, Communities and Wildlife, Natural Resource Management and Research Methodology.

Teaching will be by contact and will include lectures, tutorials, practicals, field trips, group work and online learning. Throughout the year, there will be an emphasis on independent research, and the Programme will include at least 30 credits for research. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The minimum requirements for admission are: 
Students with the following qualifications will be considered for admission into this degree: 
• A Diploma in Nature Conservation (or equivalent) at NQF level 6.

Students who have completed a 360 credit Diploma in an appropriate field such as conservation will be considered for this Programme.

Students will be considered on a monthly basis and students who meet or exceed the minimum entrance requirements will be offered places. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
The minimum requirements for admission are: 
A candidate can be admitted if he/she holds one of the following qualifications: 
• Undergraduate Bachelor of Development Studies or related.
• An average of at least 60% in the third year level undergraduate.

  ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
A candidate can be admitted if he/she holds one of the following qualifications: 
• a B.Ed. Hons degree/B.Ed. (Postgraduate); or 
• an applicable Honours degree and a teacher’s diploma; and 
• has achieved an average of at least 60% in the Honours or related examination. 

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) AND CREDIT ACCUMULATION AND TRANSFER (CAT):


The University accepts Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as an integral part of education and academic practice. It is acknowledged that all learning has value and the University accepts the challenge to assess prior learning that is aligned to programmes and award credit (through CAT) to promote lifelong learning. The purpose of the University of Mpumalanga’s RPL and CAT policy, is to recognize prior learning in order to provide for admission to programmes, grant advanced placement in programmes and grant credits for modules using the principles and processes that serve as basis for RPL practices.

PROGRESSION:
Students will be able to articulate horizontally and diagonally between this Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation, and our existing BSc (Honours) and BSc (Agriculture). Graduates from the Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation will be able to continue into Postgraduate Diploma programmes in any of the subjects in which they will have majored. 

ENQUIRIES 
Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Sciences
Prof Daniel Parker (Programme Leader)
Tel: 013 002 0223 
E-mail: daniel.parker@ump.ac.za

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BACHELOR OF AGRICULTURE HONOURS IN AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION AND RURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT


The purpose of the degree is to develop the capacity of Agricultural Extension practitioners who will work in agricultural and rural development in the NGO sector, for government service, for agri-business and for other private sector companies involved with farmers and rural communities. Graduates will contribute to enhance the quality and effectiveness of agricultural extension services. They will help meet the demand for professionals who can lead and manage agricultural extension through the complex world of agricultural and rural transformation. 

Qualifying learners will gain specialised competencies in terms of communication, behaviour change, facilitation, leadership and group dynamics, adult learning, technology innovation and transfer, project planning and management, extension evaluation and community development. Competencies also include client orientation and customer focus, service delivery innovation, problem solving, honesty and integrity and people management and empowerment. The programme prepares graduate for further study and research in Agricultural Extension. 

PROGRAMME CURRICULUM
DURATION
The Bachelor of Agriculture Honours in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management is a one-year, 120 credit, exit Level 8 qualification. 

CURRICULUM: 
The curriculum is grounded in five key themes: systems thinking; agricultural extension in a learning framework; project design for development; research; and self-directed application based praxis learning. Together these themes augment the extension learning in place to enable students to acquire the capacity to practice agricultural extension in a development and capacity building context and to conduct primary and secondary research in agricultural extension. The curriculum has been designed to develop the capacity of Agricultural Extension practitioners who will work in agricultural and rural development in private and public sectors. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants with the National Senior Certificate: 
Students with the following qualifications will be considered for admission into this degree: 
• Bachelor of Agriculture (NQF7) with a minimum
credit-weighted third-year average mark of 60%.
• Advanced Diploma in Agricultural Extension (NQF7) (or
similar agricultural qualification at least at NQF 7) with a minimum credit-weighted average of 60%.

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) AND CREDIT ACCUMULATION AND TRANSFER (CAT):
Applicants wishing to be considered for admission in terms of RPL or to have credits transferred to this programme must indicate this on their application. The University policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) will be applied.

PROGRESSION:
Students successfully completing this degree will be able to apply for admission into Masters level studies. 

Click here to download fees for Bachelor of Development Studies Honours

Click here to download fees for Bachelor of Agriculture Honours in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management

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2020 APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

Application must be made on the prescribed forms and must reach the University of Mpumalanga (UMP) before the closing date. Forms are obtainable electronically from www.ump.ac.za or from the following UMP Campuses and sites of delivery.

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