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Master of Philosophy in Computer and Information Sciences

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

The Master of Philosophy in Computer and Information Sciences is a 100 percent research programme. A research
candidate is required to undertake a programme of supervised research within the faculty resulting in the completion
of a major thesis.

The research should contribute to the discipline by applying, critiquing, analysing or interpreting knowledge in ways
that facilitate pathways for further learning following an independent investigation of a student-formulated research
problem.

Students acquire research skills appropriate to their discipline, gain increased understanding of the fundamentals of
conceptual, methodological and implementation issues of IT-related research, and will conduct research in a selected
area using the concepts and principles learned, which culminates in the completion of a master’s thesis.

Supervisors are available in most areas of the information systems domain including both technical and non-technical
areas.

What is this Degree’s accreditation status?

The IIE Master of Philosophy in Computer and Information Sciences degree 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 with SAQA ID: 93588.

Who is the degree aimed at?

The IIE Master of Philosophy in Computer and Information Sciences degree is aimed at post-graduate students who are
interested in working in various IT related roles in the private and public sectors and conducting research. The aim
is to produce competent IT professionals who, by understanding emerging technologies and trends, will contribute to
the success and growth of the enterprise.

This degree also targets students who are interested in furthering their studies by pursuing PHD degrees.

How is this degree structured at The IIE MSA?

Master of Philosophy in Computer and Information Science is a research degree.

What must I pass in order to graduate with this degree?

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final mark of fifty percent (50%).

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 IIE Master of Philosophy of Computer and Information Sciences degree (SAQA ID: 93588).

Would it be possible to study further and obtain a postgraduate qualification once I have this degree?

This degree provides students with the opportunity to further their studies at a PhD level subject to meeting their
specific programme entrance criteria at the higher education institutions.

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 enquiries@iiemsa.co.za    

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.