Students' achievement of critical cross-field, general and specific outcomes will be assessed through a range of assessment methods. For the purpose of stipulating the criteria by which student performance will be assessed, see the integrative assessment. Examination of course work papers in all competence areas listed. Formulation of a research proposal. Examination of a research dissertation.
Assessment is by minor dissertation (25 000 words) or full dissertation (40-50 000) depending on whether the programme is done by course work or not. In addition, where the degree is done by course work, all candidates are required to take a non-credit bearing course in research methods.
The dissertations should demonstrate competence in the following areas:
Research problem formulation
Integration of literature
Appropriate design and execution of research
Use of appropriate methods of data collection and analyses
Integration of findings
Appreciation of the limits of the study
Use of the publication and style conventions of the discipline
The dissertation is subject to external examination. A progress report by the supervisor is submitted at the end of each academic year and, if satisfactory, the candidate is permitted to reregister in the following year.