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Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS): Prospective Students

Application for studying Geohydrology at IGS

All applications for the Geohydrology programmes will go through a strict selection process at the end of October. All successful and non-successful students will be notified via e-mail of the selection outcome by mid-November.

Current and Prospective Students must send a copy of their completed application, academic record, a short CV and one-page motivational letter on why they want to study Geohydrology, before 30 September 2017 to IGS-info@ufs.ac.za . The DV3 form (application form for registered students in their final year who wish to apply for a new qualification on completion of the qualification they are currently registered for) can be obtained from the UFS website, under STUDENTS, UFS Application Forms.

Prospective students who wish to register for the first time at this university, as well as students who interrupted their study for a period of at least one year, must apply for admission in the prescribed manner before the date determined by the university each year. This also applies to students who have applied the previous year and have been accepted, but for some or other reason did not register. The postgraduate application form can be obtained from the UFS website, under STUDENTS, UFS Application Forms.   

Please take note that the completion of the application for admission does not in any way guarantee admission to the Geohydrology programmes, as it must first go through the selection process.  

Enquiries can only be sent to the following email: IGS-info@ufs.ac.za
Do not send any enquiries to the IGS Acting Director

BSc Honours in Geohydrology

Admission for the postgraduate degrees in Geohydrology is subjected to the condition that the prospective student complies with the admission requirements and that the required documents were submitted as proof. A maximum number of 38 students can be admitted to the programme and therefore the top 38 students will be selected. Students who fail a module, will only be allowed to repeat modules depending on space availability. In order for a student to be considered repeating a module, a motivation must be submitted to the IGS.

Preconditions:

  • A BSc, BSc (Agric), BEng, or BTech (with Geology) degree
  • An average of 60% for third-year subjects of the degree
  • A proficient result in the TALPS test.

Prerequisites

  • GLG114 (Introduction to Geology); GLG124 (General Geology)
  • CEM114 (Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry); CEM124/CEM144 (Physical and Organic Chemistry), and
  • WTW114 (Calculus); WTW124 (Algebra and Differential Equations), or
  • STK114 (Introduction to Statistics I); STK124 (Introduction to Statistics II)

Equivalent modules from other universities at the same NQF level (7) are also accepted.

MSc in Geohydrology (Module code: GEHR8900)

Prerequisites:

  • An honours degree (or a 480-credit professional bachelor’s degree) in relevant fields of the Natural Sciences, i.e. Geohydrology, Geology, Geophysics, Engineering Geology, Hydrology.
  • An average of 65% for the honours modules/courses.
  • A proficient result in the TALPS test.
  • Additional honours modules (GEOH) may be prescribed where candidates do not have the required background in Geohydrology. You do not have to register for the honours modules, but you must attend the two-week classes, do all the assignments, and pass the semester test. You don't have to write exams, but if you fail the module you must sit for the exams.

PhD in Geohydrology (Module code: GEHR9100)

A master's degree in Geohydrology with a 65% average for the master's degree and a proficient result in the TALPS test.

Additional honours modules (GEOH) may be prescribed for students who do not have the necessary geohydrology background. You do not have to register for the honours modules, but you must attend the two-week classes, do all the assignments, and pass the semester test. You don't have to write exams, but if you fail the module you must sit for the exams.

We require from our MSc and PhD students to submit regular progress reports, some of which will be in the form of oral presentations. We have four compulsory contact sessions per year, therefore you will have to be prepared to travel to Bloemfontein. Students must also be prepared to present their progress at any stage. Students who are not up to standard with their progress will be de-registered.

International Students

International students must submit their certificates/degrees to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for assessment prior to applying to the UFS. The SAQA evaluation certificate, as well as certified copies of degrees/certificates, must accompany the student's application.

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