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Master of Philosophy – Arts

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

If you would like to hone your specialist skills and research their application in communications and media, criminal
justice and criminology, international studies, philosophy or sociology, the purpose-built Master of Philosophy in
Arts (MPhil Arts) offered at IIE MSA is just what you’re looking for.

As part of this programme you will be teamed with a leading researcher who will act as your supervisor and sounding
board while you undertake your research study and write your thesis.  This is a research degree enabling students to
tailor their topic to speak directly to their own interests.

Research degrees build skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, statistics and data management, knowledge
transfer and effective leadership.

The aim of postgraduate research at The IIE MSA is:

  • To create an environment that values, supports and nurtures future research and development leaders.
  • To expand a broad range of disciplines in 10 faculties and over 36 specialist research centres and institutes to
    serve the African content.
  • To provide South African and African students access to generous scholarships, grants and funding opportunities.
  • To expand the world-class level of academic and technical expertise to enhance the research experience.

What is the Master of Philosophy in Arts accreditation status?

The IIE Master of Philosophy in Arts (MPhil Arts) is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is
registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a
180-credit qualification on level 9 (SAQA ID: 79306).

Who is the Master of Philosophy in Arts aimed at?

The purpose of a Master’s Degree is to educate and train researchers who can contribute to the development of
knowledge at an advanced level or prepare graduates for advanced and specialised professional employment.

The successful student will be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound
judgements using data and information at his/her disposal, and communicate conclusions clearly. Students will be able
to demonstrate self-directed learning and originality in tackling and solving problems, act autonomously in planning
and implementing tasks at a professional level, and continue to advance own knowledge, understanding, and

How is this Masters Degree structured at The IIE MSA?

To support student progress and completion your period of study (which should not exceed two years) will be monitored
through milestones set in collaboration with your supervisor.

What must I pass in order to graduate with this Masters Degree?

You need to pass the thesis which will be internally and externally examined.

How long do I have to complete this qualification? 

Students have a maximum of 4 years to complete this qualification.

With what qualification will I graduate?

You will graduate with The IIE Master of Philosophy in Arts (MPhil Arts), SAQA ID: 79306

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue once I have completed this Masters Degree?

Graduates may work in the public, private, or non-profit sectors, and take on roles like policy making and
implementation, management, education and teaching, public health management, or research.

Would it be possible to study further and obtain a further qualification once I have completed the IIE Master of
Philosophy in Arts?

The IIE Master of Philosophy in Arts is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with
the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 9 – the same
level as other equivalent Masters degrees at both private and public South African institutes of higher education. 
The opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or Doctorate degree at any South African university or
higher education institution exists subject to meeting their specific programme entrance criteria.

It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.

Call the IIE MSA campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors.
Tel: +27 11 950 4009 or email    

Disclaimer:  Please note that this fact sheet is accurate at the time of publication.  The Independent
Institute of Education (The IIE) reserves the right to alter any of the content prior to commencement of registration
due to changes in regulation, policy, market requirements or any other valid reason.