Dear Student

Thank you for your interest in our master’s/doctoral programmes. The following programmes are presented at our Faculty:

You can read more about the content of the various programmes by following the link http://studies.nwu.ac.za/postgraduate-studies.

PROGRAMME AND LEADERS

Each programme has a programme leader who is responsible in general for the academic aspects of the programme. The programme leaders are as follows:

International Trade Law

Ms M Schoeman (Michelle.Schoeman@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 299 1968)

Labour Law

Dr A Botes (Anri.Botes@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 299 1052)

Environmental Law and Governance

Prof A du Plessis (Anel.duPlessis@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 299 1924)

Estate Law

Prof Henk Kloppers (Henk.Kloppers@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 299 1928)

Comparative Child Law

Ms Chantelle Feldhaus (Chantelle.Feldhaus@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 299 1925)

Professional LLM in Criminal Law and Procedure

Prof Pieter du Toit (Pieter.duToit@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 299 1934)

Public Law and Legal Philosophy

Prof Avitus Agbor (Avitus.Agbor@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 389 2202)

Criminal Law and Procedure

Prof Avitus Agbor (Avitus.Agbor@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 389 2202)

Mercantile Law

Prof Avitus Agbor (Avitus.Agbor@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 389 2202)

Family and Indigenous Law 

Prof Avitus Agbor (Avitus.Agbor@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 389 2202)

LLM Research & LLD

Prof W du Plessis (Willemien.duPlessis@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 299 1969) or

Prof S de la Harpe (Stephen.delaHarpe@nwu.ac.za /+27(0)18 299 1941)

PhD in Law and Development

Prof S de la Harpe (Stephen.delaHarpe@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 299 1941)

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The application procedure and forms, available bursaries and application forms, financial information and Faculty of Law 2017 yearbook are all available online at http://www.nwu.ac.za/postgrad/graduate-studies-potchefstroom.  

The structured LLM programmes are presented in the form of compulsory seminars on a Friday and Saturday. We encourage students to complete this qualification within one year (usually full time). You can also complete it part time but must be very disciplined and motivated and follow a strict study programme. You may complete the qualification over a period of two years - just keep in mind that the full LLM fees (registration and tuition) are payable every year of registration.

Please note that a Research Methodology Seminar is compulsory for all accepted postgraduate students. This course was presented during February 2017. Information about this seminar will be communicated to you in due course, after your application has been approved.


Your study study:

  1. If accepted to the LLM/LLD programme, you must attend the compulsory Research Methodology Seminar during February. During this seminar, or as soon as possible thereafter, a suitable supervisor will be allocated to you. Please discuss this with the programme leader.
  2. All postgraduate students are required to submit a detailed research proposal to the supervisor within three months following the Research Methodology Seminar for the structured LLM, six months for the Research LLM and nine months for the LLD. This proposal will serve on the research entity’s monthly committee meeting for approval. You will be notified of the outcome.
  3. After your proposal has been approved, your title must be registered by submitting the prescribed form to Mrs Clarina Vorster (Clarina.Vorster@nwu.ac.za). If, during the course of your research, you want to change your title, you must complete the prescribed form and forward it to Mrs Vorster. The request will serve before the committee and if approved, the amended title must also be registered as set out above.
  4. Ninety days before submitting your mini-dissertation, you must email a notice of submission to Elize Harber (Elize.Harber@nwu.ac.za).
  5. You must submit your mini-dissertation, dissertation or thesis before or on the due date (see “Important dates for higher degrees”). One electronic copy must be submitted on eFundi, the NWU’s learning management system. If necessary, printed copies will be requested. You must submit a declaration form, proof of language editing and permission to submit along with your mini-dissertation, dissertation or thesis.
  6. After submitting your mini-dissertation, dissertation or thesis, you will be notified (approximately 8 – 10 weeks after submission) of your result, and whether you are required to make any corrections.
  7. After corrections have been made, if applicable, you can submit final copies (in printed and electronic format – the procedure will be communicated to you by Higher Degrees Administration), along with a declaration form confirming that you have done the corrections. This form must also be signed by the supervisor.

All the above-mentioned forms are available at the following link: http://studies.nwu.ac.za/postgraduate-studies/higher-degree-admissions.

The closing date for applications is 30 November of each year.

Please apply as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS

Mafikeng

Contact Ms Irene Ramoabi (Irene.Ramoabi@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 389 2385)

Director Postgraduate Programme

Prof Avitus Agbor

(Avitus.Agbor@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 389 2202)

Potchefstroom

Acting Director Postgraduate Programme

Prof Henk Kloppers

(Henk.Kloppers@nwu.ac.za /+27(0)18 2991928)

Contact Mrs Cynthia Dabhelia 

(Cynthia.Dabhelia@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 299 1037) for:

  • Research Methodology Seminar
  • Student request and issues concerning modules
  • Examination administration
  • Organising of seminars
  • Correspondence with students concerning results
  • General inquiries

Contact Mrs Clarina Vorster

(Clarina.Vorster@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 299 1952) for:

  • Research Methodology Seminar
  • Submission of research proposals
  • Title registrations, notice of submission, student requests concerning mini-dissertations, dissertations & theses
  • International bursaries – applications
  • General inquiries

Contact Mrs Elize Harber

 (Elize.Harber@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 299 2465) for:

  • Applications & admissions
  • Submissions
  • Academic records

Contact Mrs Susan van der Westhuizen

(Susan.vanderWesthuizen@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 299 2051) for:

  • NWU postgraduate bursaries
  • International bursaries – pay out

HIGHER DEGREE ADMINISTRATION ACTIVITY TIMELINE 2018

Applications

The closing date of applications is managed by faculties and implemeted by HDA

Registration

Structured Programmes  (contact session students): On or before the first contact session of the academic year

Full Research Programmes:: Until 31 March annually

Appointment of examiners

1 May – 30 June annually, for students who will give notice to participate in the following ceremonies:   May 2019,  July 2019 and Oct 2019.

Notice of submission

Every Notice of Submission is valid from July until June of the following year (if it is re-activated via email from the supervisor/promoter if the student did not submit for examination)

 

 

Activity

1st ceremony of 2018

2nd ceremony of 2018

3rd ceremony of 2018

Notice of submission

15 November to
14 December 2017

February 2018

July 2018

Submission for examination

1 February to
16 March 2018

1 April to 31 May 2018

1 September to
20 November 2018

Examiners reports due

15 May 2018

24 July 2018

31 January 2019

Closing of graduation list

1 June 2018

7 August 2018

20 February 2019

Graduation ceremonies

July (Winter) 2018

October (Spring) 2018

May (Autumn) 2019

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR HIGHER DEGREES

ITEM DESCRIPTION

DATE

2018

 

JANUARY

 

Registration for M & PhD students opens for 2018

10 January 2018

Period for giving Notice of Submission to submit in April/May for the Spring Graduation (October) Ceremony 2018

1  February to 28 February 2018 

Last day for receiving examiner’s reports for Autumn Graduation Ceremony (April/May) 2018

31 January 2018

FEBRUARY

 

Reminder to finalize all Final Marks/Summative/Combined Reports for the Autumn Graduation Ceremony (April/May) 2018

At least two days before the Faculty Council/Examination Commitee: Please communicate date to HDA and SAS office

Closing of Graduate list.

Results for candidates for the Graduate List of the Autumn Graduation Ceremony (April/May) 2018 must be submitted at HDA.

Students who’s reports are not submitted at HDA on this date will be postponed to the Winter Graduation Ceremony (July) 2018

20 February 2018

Controls and corrections period for the closing of data for 2017

21 to 28 February 2019

Period for the submission of examination copies for participation in the Winter Graduation Ceremony           (July) 2018. Every Notice of Submisstion is valid from July until June of the following year if it is re-activated via email from the supervisor/promoter if the student did not submit for examination

1 February to 16 March

MARCH

 

Last day for registration and re-registration 2018 for M & D students who do not attend contact sessions.

31 March 2018

APRIL

 

Period for the submission of examination copies for participation in the Spring Graduation Ceremony (Oct) 2018

1 April to 31 May

MAY

 

Appointment of examiners for November 2018, February and April 2019 for expected submissions for examination

1 May to 30 June 2018

Period for the submission of examination copies for participation in the Spring Graduation Ceremony (Oct) 2018  continues

1 April to 31 May

Last day for receiving examiner’s reports for the students for the Winter Graduation Ceremony (July) 2018

15 May 2018

JUNE

 

Appointment of examiners continue

1 May to 30 June 2018

Closing of Graduation list.

Results for candidates for the Graduate List of the Autumn Graduation Ceremony (April/May) 2018 must be submitted at HDA.

Students who’s reports are not submitted at HDA on this date will be postponed to the Spring Graduation Ceremony  2018

 1 June 2018

Last day for receiving examiner’s reports for particpation in the Spring Graduation Ceremony (Oct) 2018

24 June 2018

JULY

 

HDA Records Management of student files

1-30 July 2018

Period for giving Notice of Submission to submit for examination in September and October for participation in the Autumn Ceremony (May) 2019.

The Notice of Submission form will be valid for the  May July and  September/October Graduation Ceremonies in 2019, when it is confirmed by email that the students’ submission is postponed

1-30 July 2018

Last day for the finalisation of Combined Reports for the Spring Graduation Ceremony (October) 2018

24 July 2018

AUGUST

 

Closing of Graduation List.

Results for candidates for the Graduate List of the Spring (Oct) Ceremony 2018 must be submitted at HDA.

Students who’s reports are not submitted at HDA on this date will be postponed to the May Graduation Ceremony  2019

7 August 2018

SEPTEMBER

 

Period for the submission of examination copies for participation in the Autumn Graduation Ceremony (April/May) 2019

1 October to 20 November October 2018

 

OCTOBER

 

Period for the submission of examination copies for participation in the Autumn Winter Graduation Ceremony (May) 2019 continues

1 October to 20 November October 2018

NOVEMBER

 

Higher Degrees Administration closed for submission for examination.

21 November 2018

DECEMBER

15 November to 15 December

Period for giving Notice of Submission to submit for examination in February and March for participation in the Winter Ceremony (July) 2019.

The Notice of Submission form for the November examination will be re-activated when it is confirmed by email that the students’ submission is postponed

 

GENERAL

 

Registration dates  

 

From 10 January 2018/9

-Contact sessions: Prior to or during the first session

-Dissertation or thesis students: 31 March 2018/9

 

Web registrations opens 15 January

Progress reports:

Period for the finalisation of student progress reports

Managed by Faculties

Closing date for applications 2018/9

Managed by Faculties per program

 

 

JANUARY 2019

 

HDA closed for submission of examination copies

2 January to 31 January 2019

Last day for receiving examiner’s reports for the Autumn Graduation Ceremony (May ) 2019

31 January 2019

Period for giving Notice of Submission for participation in the Spring Graduation Ceremony (October) 2019

1 to 28 February 2019

FEBRUARY 2019

 

Submission of examination copies for the Winter Graduation ceremony (July)

1 February to16 March 2019

Closing of the Graduation list for the Autumn (April/May) Ceremony 2019

Results for candidates for the Graduate List of the Autumn Graduation Ceremony (May) 2019 must be submitted at HDA.

Students who’s reports are not submitted at HDA on this date will be postponed to the Spring Graduation Ceremony (October) 2019

20 February 2019

Controls and corrections period for the closing of data for 2018

21 to 28 February 2019

MARCH 2019

 

Last day for registration and re-registration 2019 for

M and PhD students

31 March 2019

APRIL 2019

 

Period for the submission of examination copies for participation in the Spring Graduation Ceremony (October) 2019

1 to 30 April 2019

MAY 2019

 

Submission for examination the Spring (October) Graduation Ceremony 2019

1 April to 31 May 2019

Appointment of examiners for November 2019, February and April 2019 expected submissions for examination        

1 May to 30 June 2019

Last day for receiving examiner’s reports for the students who whould have participated in the Winter Graduation Ceremony (July) 2019

15 May 2019

JUNE 2019

 

Appointment of examiners continue

1 May to 30 June 2019

Closing of Graduatation list.

Results for candidates for the Graduate List of the Autumn Graduation Ceremony (May) 2019 must be submitted at HDA.

Students whose reports are not submitted at HDA on this date will be postponed to the Spring Graduation Ceremony 2019

 1 June 2019

Last day for receiving examiner’s reports for particpation in the Spring Graduation Ceremony (Sept/Oct) 2019

30 June 2019

JULY 2019

 

HDA Records Management of student files

1 to 30 July 2019

Period for giving Notice of Submission to submit for examination in September and October for participation in the Autumn Ceremony (May) 2020.

Every Notice of Submisstion is valid from July until June of the following year if it is re-activated via email from the supervisor/promoter if the student did not submit for examination

1 to 30 July 2019

Last day for the finalisation of Combined Reports for the Spring Graduation Ceremony (October) 2019

17 July 2019

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

BURSARIES

There are a limited number of international bursaries available for foreign students who want to pursue postgraduate studies at the NWU. The bursaries are awarded on academic merit. Students who wish to apply for an LLM bursary must have obtained a minimum of 60% in the final year of their undergraduate studies, including their dissertation. Students who wish to apply for an LLD bursary must have obtained a minimum of 65% for their LLM, including the dissertation in the case of a coursework LLM. The bursaries will assist students but will not be sufficient to cover all their expenses. The application must be done electronically. Queries can be directed to Mrs Clarina Vorster at Clarina.Vorster@nwu.ac.za.

Please send in a separate application for an NWU bursary.

 

SAQA

An evaluation certificate issued by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) must be submitted if a previous qualification was obtained in a foreign country. For further information, go to https://dfqeas.saqa.co.za/dfqeas/user/home

STUDY FEE* COST ESTIMATE FOR 2018

LIBRARIAN INFORMATION

Ms Christine Bronkhorst (Christine.Bronkhorst@nwu.ac.za / +27(0)18 299 2804)

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