Namibia Qualifications Authority NQA Masters Degrees Award
Characteristics and purpose
Degrees at a Masterate level are normally designed to build on the principal subject(s) of a qualifying degree or qualification that itself contains a significant research component or preparattion at an advanced level of the National Qualifications Framework. Alternatively, a Masters degree may build on relevant knowledge and skills derived from occupational experience.
Masterate degrees are generally intended to prepare researchers who can contribute to the advancement of knowledge and/or prepare people for advanced and specialised employment.
Typically, Masterate degrees require people to:
- demonstrate mastery of theoretically sophisticated subject matter
- evaluate critically the findings and discussions in the literature
- to research, analyse and argue from evidence; to apply knowledge to new situations, and
- engage in rigorous intellectual analysis, criticism and problem-solving.
Masterate degrees must contain a significant element of supervised research. The results of this research would normally be embodied in a thesis, dissertation or substantial research paper, but in some cases be incorporated in a series of papers. Where a number of papers are involved, the research component must be a minimum of 25% of the credits required for the award of the qualification.
The research component must be at the level of certification.
The research should demonstrate a capacity in the candidate for independent thinking. Creative work may also contribute to the research output.
A lower qualification may not be awarded for early exit from a Masters degree programme except where exit represents the attainment of another qualification.
Level of certification
Masters degrees shall be awarded at Level 9.
Size of qualification
A minimum of 240 NQF credits at or above Level 9. A minimum of 25% of these credits must be awarded on the basis of a thesis or creative work.