UNISA Masters by Coursework Bursary

UNISA Masters by Coursework Bursary

Criteria and conditions:
In line with the university’s funding policy, student funding to postgraduates is provided on the basis of academic merit. Kindly note that a submitted application form does not guarantee a bursary. Only applications received before the closing date will be evaluated for funding. Applications are open from 6 to 31 January . Incomplete and late application forms will not be considered.


  1. Have passed two modules of the Coursework Masters.
  2. A supervisor’s report that recommends financial support on grounds of academic performance in the coursework modules already completed.
  3. Approval by the Masters and Doctoral Research Bursary Committee (MDRBC) based on the coursework modules already completed and supervisor’s report.
  4. Preference will be given to, but is not limited to, the following fields: Natural Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, but not to the exclusion of the social sciences or humanities.
  5. Awards will only be made dependent on available funding.
  6. Closing date for applications is 31 January .
  7. No late or incomplete applications will be considered
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Bursary Conditions

  1. All bursaries will be awarded subject to the academic performance of the student and a positive report from the supervisor upon completion of the required coursework modules.
  2. A submitted application form does not guarantee funding being awarded.
  3. Awards will not be granted to: (a) permanent staff members of Unisa, (b) students who are registered for a second/third masters degree, (c) students who have already completed a doctorate, (d) students who have not successfully completed two modules towards the Coursework Masters, (e) students registered towards an MBA or MBL qualification.
  4. The bursary will only fund students registered for a Coursework Masters qualification.
  5. The bursary is awarded to South African and non-South African citizens, but preference will be given to South African students.
  6. Continued receipt of the bursary is dependent on academic performance and a favourable supervisor’s report indicating that the recipient is progressing with his/her studies. Preference will be given to existing bursary holders, especially those close to completion.
  7. Students need to submit a student’s report (Section F) before the application will e submitted for consideration to the Masters and Doctoral Bursary Committee
  8. Students will be advised of the outcome within 4 weeks of the closing date.
  9. If the application for funding is unsuccessful, it remains the responsibility of the student to settle any fees due to Unisa.
  10. By signing this application form, the student indicates that he/she agrees with and accepts the conditions contained herein.
  11. No late or incomplete applications will be considered.
  12. Awards will only be made dependent on available funding.
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Bursary Covers

  1. Tuition fees for a maximum of 2(two) years.
  2. Research funds not exceeding R25 000 while the student is registered for the dissertation module.

Research Budget

  1. A detailed budget indicating expenditure needs to be submitted each year upon re-application.
  2. Research funds will only be paid out according to the submitted and approved budget.
  3. Submitted research budgets will be approved by both the supervisor and the MDRBC.

Master’s by Coursework bursary application form (PDF). Completed application forms should be returned to DSF-POSTGRD@unisa.ac.za

See Also:

UNISA Honours / Postgraduate Diploma Bursary

UNISA Master’s by Dissertation and Doctoral Study bursary

UNISA Master’s by Experimental Research Bursary

UNISA Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Bursary awards

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UNISA Dieter Meyer zu Bargholz Bequest (DMzBB) M & D Archaeology Bursary

University of South Africa UNISA NSFAS Application

NSFAS Application for Universities and Colleges in South Africa

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