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Faculty of Education
Research Excellence at University of Pretoria

Research at the University of Pretoria (UP) is at the apex of the University’s long-term strategic plan, UP 2025, which is to be a leading research-intensive university in Africa. Equally important is the University’s international visibility and the impact of its research and innovation on socio-economic development in South Africa and in the region. UP therefore deliberately balances its focus on research and innovation and the partnerships fostered by creating an environment that is conducive to scholarly pursuits. A wide range of research and professional areas underscores the strength of UP in research and postgraduate education, and also the areas in which UP is positioned as a research leader in Africa and internationally.

It is through the sustained individual and collective actions of our researchers that UP continues to strengthen its identity as a leading, research-intensive university in Africa.

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Academic Programmes

Available Postgraduate Programmes

The Faculty of Education at the UP is one of the largest and most diverse facilities in Africa for the training of education professionals from across the world. The Faculty is internationally recognised for its academic standards and its research citations.

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Research Areas and Supervisors

UP’s new Future Africa campus will be the place where Africa’s leading scientists and scholars from across the world, and from a broad range of disciplines, will come together to leverage the benefits of transdisciplinary research to address the grand challenges that face Africa and the world.

The Future Africa campus will provide a dynamic living, learning and research environment where a community of scholars and other societal role players will engage to advance excellence in scholarship, dialogue and impact.

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The research areas of the Faculty of Education are HIV/AIDS in Education, Language and Literacy in Education, Assessment, Evaluation and Quality Assurance, Early Childhood Education, Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, Power, Reform, Change and Continuity in Education and Teacher Development and Professionalism.

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UP aims to create an enabling environment in which our postgraduate students and their supervisors can function optimally. Our supervisors provide academic guidance and mentorship to students and are key role players in the administrative efficiency of postgraduate study.

Research That Matters


Prof Chika Sehoole
Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education at UP is ranked in the top 200 in the World on the QS World University rankings and it is rated as the top educational faculty in South Africa in terms of the number of NRF-rated researchers.

Internationally recognised for our academic reputation, employer reputation and citations of research, we strive to achieve excellence in research that is aligned to national needs and priorities. We want to make a substantial contribution to scientific knowledge production and the delivering of research results that have direct application to local problems.

In line with the vision of UP, we actively promote a research culture and continuously focus on building research capacity, providing sufficient resources for research and applying stringent evaluation measures, as well as the highest ethical standards to our research outputs.


Faculty of Education

Central to the research strategy of the Faculty of Education is its attempt to build a strong and high-quality postgraduate student community. In addition to a highly selective admissions process, the Faculty offers an intensive support and development programme for master’s and doctoral students.

This support of postgraduate students has led to a substantial increase in the number of graduates in our Faculty. The best of student research and achievement is showcased at the prestigious annual Postgraduate Research Indaba.

The Faculty of Education has firmly established itself as one of the premier facilities for education research, capacity development, and productivity in southern Africa. The consistent growth in the volume and quality of research outputs, and the international recognition of the Faculty and its members through various awards and citations bear testimony to a vibrant and intelligent research community.

Institutes, Centres and Units

In line with its mission of pursuing recognition and excellence in its core functions of research, teaching and learning, as well as integrating engagement with society and communities, UP consolidates many of its research, teaching and engagement activities in 100 institutes, centres and units in the faculties.

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The Faculty of Education hosts three centres and one unit that produce cutting-edge research, contributing significantly in the areas of resilience, distance education, evaluation and assessment, education law and education policy, and innovative teaching.

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Your Postgraduate Journey

The University of Pretoria welcomes you to its comprehensive and exciting postgraduate degree programmes. Your postgraduate journey starts from the point of registration to graduation, with guidance from an academic supervisor allocated to you. As soon as a supervisor has been appointed to oversee your research project, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), which stipulates responsibilities of the student and those of the supervisor, must be signed.

A plagiarism policy should also be signed together with the MOA. In order to support your efforts to graduate successfully and on time, there are critical milestones that should be achieved during the whole journey. Details of the milestones are given in an online system called the Graduate Research Management (GRM) system that has been developed to facilitate monitoring of progress of students in the postgraduate journey.

The GRM system will help you to monitor your progress in terms of achievement of all the pertinent milestones in your postgraduate journey. In addition, various structures of the university are there to provide you with a wide range of academic as well as administrative support. More information about the postgraduate journey and support programmes offered can be found in the postgraduate roadmap.

Funding Opportunities

As a postgraduate student or prospective student at UP, there are a number of research resources available to you to identify suitable research funding opportunities. Apart from the University, many companies and institutions offer scholarships and bursaries for postgraduate studies. The University manages a number of financial funds on behalf of institutions who provide such funding. Applications for financial assistance, bursaries or funding must be submitted concurrently while you apply for admittance to your postgraduate programme. Funding is subject to approval and availability.

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Explore Our Campus

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The Groenkloof Campus is the home of the Faculty of Education. This Faculty offers initial and advanced training for students pursuing a career in education, and serves students from the four corners of the world. The Faculty is well known for its research and modern teaching methods.

Postgraduate Accommodation

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Other Postgraduate Interests

Postgraduate Academic Support

Postgraduate Academic Support

The University of Pretoria (UP) values its people and strives to create an enabling environment to induct researchers into a productive research culture. It is crucially important that researchers obtain support and encouragement when completing postgraduate qualifications, applying for grants, becoming rated or receiving negative feedback on submitted papers or applications.

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SRC and Student Life

SRC and Student Life

One of the best ways to make the most of your time at the University of Pretoria (UP) is to take advantage of all that our campus has to offer.

There are various student structures that organise the large variety of student life activities on campus. Experience new things, make a difference to your own life and the lives of others, and have fun doing so!

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Financial Support

Financial Support

The University of Pretoria is proud of all the academic achievements of our students. And if you choose UP, we have the [email protected] Assist Financial Awards for new first-year students who have excelled academically.




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Future Africa

Future Africa

The University of Pretoria’s Future Africa campus is the place where Africa’s leading scientists and scholars from across the world and from a broad range of disciplines come together to leverage the benefits of transdisciplinary research to address the grand challenges that face Africa and the world.

Issues of critical relevance to Africa are tackled: from sustainable development and good governance, citizen participation and human rights, to advancing innovation for the bioresource economy.

In a world where ideas and technologies evolve rapidly and the challenges we face are multifaceted and transnational, Africa needs a new generation of original thinkers with international perspectives, yet with a scholarly vision and voice that is rooted in Africa.

The Future Africa campus provides a dynamic living, learning and research environment where a community of scholars and other societal role players will engage to advance excellence in scholarship, dialogue and impact. Here the continent’s brightest young geneticists, chemists, economists, lawyers, engineers, social scientists and other specialists are able to work side by side in an environment that facilitates world-class creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.

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