Masters : Master of Philosophy (MPHIL) in Management Sciences


Duration of Programme

Enrolment Option(s)

SAQA Credits

NQF Level

Bloemfontein Campus

1 year full-time (minimum), 4 years full-time (maximum); 2 years part-time (minimum), 4 years part-time (maximum)

Semester 1



Additional Admission Requirements

    • A recognised NQF level 8 Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Professional degree in the business, management or related fields or equivalent with at least 60% average mark. In addition, the student must have accumulated 24 credits in Research Methodology at NQF level 8 with a minimum score of at least 60%.
    • Highly experienced people not meeting these minimum academic requirements will be required to undergo a rigorous recognition of prior learning (RPL) to establish their potential to participate in the programme.
    • Admission to a master’s degree by research is highly competitive and subject to a rigorous review process. In conjunction with CUT, the candidate is required to present a suitable research project in the field of specialisation.
    • Admission is also subject to the availability of supervisory capacity.

The MPhil in Management Sciences meets the minimum entry requirements of a cognate Doctorate, for example, the CUT’s PhD in Management Sciences (with various specialisations).

Career Opportunities

Graduates holding this qualification are trained at an advanced academic level to assume leadership positions in research, teaching, business, and government or proceed to the PhD level. The MPhil provides a seamless articulation upwards into the cognate PhD (Management Sciences) specialisation.

The MPhil in Management Sciences is a research-based qualification. CUT-EDU students can specialise in:

  • Entrepreneurship,
  • Small Enterprise Management,
  • Agricultural Business Management,
  • Fashion Business Management, or
  • Finance.

The purpose of the research only MPhil Management Sciences is to equip learners with the knowledge required to produce a full dissertation in a prescribed format, on a specialist topic, in Entrepreneurship, Small Enterprise Management, Agri-Business Management, Fashion Business Management, or Finance. Possession of the MPhil Management Sciences qualification signifies that the candidate has completed a research training and development course in the specialised field and has satisfied the examiners that they can carry out an independent research project and critically analyse the results.

To achieve these outcomes, students are guided to:

  • Develop focused competence in the chosen research topic.
  • Choose and apply appropriate research methodologies and written communication skills to support the research process and findings.  
  • Develop the ability to reflect on research outcomes and results critically.
  • Conduct their research within an ethical framework.

Acquire research knowledge and skills necessary for employment in a related field (including teaching and research positions) and further independent research at the PhD level.

Current delivery mode: Full-time & Part-time Blended – Modular

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