OUR RESEARCH AIM
“The purpose of doing research is to solve problems that limit the growth and development of societies, communities, businesses and individuals. At the NWU, we remind ourselves constantly that we are here to make a difference in people’s lives and to nurture nature. By taking care of some of the problems humanity faces today and producing students ready to reshape the world, we are building a better university and a better South Africa,” says Prof Dan Kgwadi, NWU Vice-Chancellor, NWU Research Dynamics.
At the NWU our objective is to educate and empower our postgraduate students by providing quality programmes, ensuring well-educated graduates who are able to think critically and laterally.
One of the most important factors in deciding to enrol for master’s-degree or doctoral studies is the available academic expertise. In this regard you can rest assured: the North-West University prides itself on its increased research intensity, evidenced by the wide scope of postgraduate degree offerings.
Why should you enroll for a post graduate degree?
It strengthens your competitiveness as a graduate in a specialised job market.
It offers you research preparation that enhances your ability to access, make sense of, and deploy new knowledge in a complex society.
It extends and deepens your knowledge and skills in an ever changing international market.
Degrees presented in Potchefstroom, Vanderbijlpark and Mahikeng
Our master’s qualifications are designed to provide students with an advanced basis of theory as well as the application of the principles of human resource management, labour relations and industrial psychology in research and the business world. The degree prepares students for research-based postgraduate study at NQF level 10 and has as purpose the consolidation and deepening of research capacity in the methodology and techniques suitable to human resource management. Students will acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be competent and successful in exercising the function of human resource managers and apply the skills required to analyse, advise and support employers/employees within the work context.
Degrees presented in Potchefstroom
A PhD degree is a full research degree, requiring a thesis (with a minimum of 360 credits), which contributes 100% of the final grade. In general, PhD candidates must be able to demonstrate that they are conversant with the relevant literature, have clear research capabilities, and are able to present their research in the required format. In addition to theserequirements, a PhD thesis must indicate a clear contribution to new knowledge and insights into the specific subject discipline or field. The work must be of adequate quality to satisfy peer-review scrutiny and merit the publication of findings. In this regard, a thesis must reflect original thinking through the uncovering of new facts and/or the use of critical and independent analysis.
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