Namibia Masters Degrees Award

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

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.