Master of Science (MSc)
Dr Colleen Saunders
Dr Colleen Saunders
This research degree offered by UCT is by dissertation only. Candidates will be required to undertake an advanced, approved researched project under the guidance of a supervisor, indicating successful training in methods of research. Contact the MSc lead prior to making any application.
Academic requirements: (minimum of a NQF L8 degree, i.e. a 4-year Bachelor's or 3-year Bachelor's + Honours)
- Registration as a medical practitioner with the HPCSA
- Graduate emergency care practitioners registered with the HPCSA
- Graduate nurse practitioners registered with the HPCSA
In date Advanced Life Support course status (ACLS, ATLS and APLS/PALS) is an advantage when applying.
I want to apply, what should I do next?
You can apply online using the course code for the MSc: CHM7055W. It is unlikely that your application will be successful if you have not consulted with the MSc lead prior to the application. You will also require an approved summary for your research project. You can submit a summary for approval to the emergency medicine division research committee (EMDRC). Progression to proposal and registration may not be supported until the summary has passed the EMDRC summary stage. Following agreement through the EMDRC, the next step is registration, signing a memorandum of understanding with your supervisors and working on your proposal. The expectation is that you successfully achieve HREC approval within a year. As a research degree, it is expected that students wishing to apply for the MSc have an understanding of basic research concepts and principles. Although this is not a requirement, prospective students may be required by the EMDRC to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the scientific method by passing EMCT's research methodology competency test. Alternatively prospective students can enrol on either one of the following courses
- EMCT MPhil's research methodology module (see below)
- The Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics online course from Coursera
- A notable exception is planned qualitative research which is not covered in these research methodology courses. The Qualitative Research Methods online course from Coursera is recommended instead on the two research courses listed above
How do I enrol for the EMCT MPhil research methodology module?
The research methodology module (CRM 1), can be enrolled for in a number of ways:
- If are a UCT student, you can formally register for the module by adding the course code CHM6005F to your registration at the start of the year
- If you are not a UCT student and wish to register as an occasional student (thus completing the module before attempting registration in the MSc), you should apply online. Follow all the prompts to work your way through: postgraduate non-degree Health Science –> Surgery –> Emergency Medicine. Use MZ002CHM02 as the plan code. Following the application and acceptance, registration for the module will take place at the end January. You have to first apply, be accepted and register in order to be recognised on the module.
- The alternative is that you simply let us know that you wish to register for CRM 1 and complete coursework and exams as if you were registered. You would satisfy the divisional requirements, but your results would not be on a formal university transcript (and therefore could not be used for credits and exemption for any other degree in the future).
If you have registration difficulties, please contact Salega Tape.
The Dissertation guidelines for the MMed and the MPhil apply in principal. However, the requirements in terms of length and depth of the dissertation for the MSc are greater (length – 40,000 to 50,000 words) representing at least one to two publishable papers.
If after the first year of work on the dissertation, the candidate and the supervisor feel that there is good reason to convert the MSc to a PhD this will be considered by the Senate. The MSc degree is not regarded as basis for registration as a specialist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, but can be registered as an additional qualification.