Honours Degree

Please note that the University of the Free State (UFS) has its own minimum admission requirements for postgraduate studies. As a general rule, students are admitted to postgraduate studies and to each higher level of postgraduate study only if they fulfil the university requirements for registration, have completed the preliminary degree with a mark of 60% or more, and are accepted to the course they wish to study by the applicable academic head of department.

However, the Department of English has its own unique requirements for admitting a student to the Honours programme in English. Exceptions should be submitted to the Committee for Postgraduate Studies for deliberation. The Department also reserves the right to ask prospective student to write an entrance assessment for a more thorough evaluation.

The deadline for Honours applications is 15 October of each year

All postgraduate applicants need to provide the following:

  • Academic Background
    Applicants should provide the Department of English with their academic transcripts so that these can be reviewed. Foreign transcripts will be evaluated in terms of their equivalency to South Africa’s National Qualifications Framework.
  • A Personal Statement
    The statement should include not only the applicant’s academic goals and objectives, but also evidence of progress in the given academic/professional career. This statement should be no longer than 500 words.



Students are required to complete 128 credits selected from the modules below, with ENGL6808, ENGL6814 and ENGL6824 as compulsory modules.

Adding to the above, students are expected to select an additional 64 credits from the list of 16 and 32 credit modules included in the Course Guide. The department limits the number of options for any given year. The course offerings are finalised at the start of each year. Detailed course outlines will be provided by course lecturers.

Helpful links


T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Neliswa Emeni-Tientcheu: +27 51 401 2536
Phyllis Masilo: +27 51 401 9683

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