Master of Education

The discipline offers both a research Masters (i.e. students produce a dissertation only) and a coursework Masters (i.e. students undertake modules, and produce a shorter dissertation).

The Masters coursework programme provides students with a thorough grounding in adult education theory and research in ways that enrich their professional practice and equip them as researchers in the field. Taught by staff recognised to be at the forefront of adult education in South Africa, the programme attracts students from a variety of educational backgrounds, and from other African countries.

The programme includes coursework and a dissertation, and is run part-time over two years. Modules include Studies Adult Education, and an elective chosen from Issues in Adult Literacy and Basic Education, Workplace Learning, Curriculum Studies, Issues in Further Education and Training, Lifelong Learning, and Global Citizenship. Research modules include Discourses in Educational Research, and Research Proposal Writing. Students must complete six modules, which together make up 50 percent of the degree, while the dissertation makes up the other 50 percent.

For more information on doing a Masters in Education, please contact Dr Zamo Hlela at 033-2605849 or email

  • An exploration of group learning in SaveAct’s Education Programme: A Case Study of Sizanani Savings Group
  • An exploration of learning in a women’s group within the church context: A case study of a Catholic Church Women’s Group in Pietermaritzburg Region
  • Exploring learning opportunities in community leadership: The case of Umhlabuyalingana
  • An investigation of the factors affecting the high rate of dropouts at an adult education centre in Umgungundlovu district
  • An analysis of training delivery environments for skills acquisition in adult non-formal education centres for employment in KwaZulu-Natal
  • The role of community learning centres in addressing students’ needs: The case of Nokukhanya CLC
  • The role of Community Learning Centre (CLC) lecturers in executing curriculum and assessment policy statement (CAPS): The Umbumbulu Circuit
  • The role of non-formal education in the lives of unemployed adult rural women: A case study of Zimele Development Agency
  • Exploring a school-based peace club: Learning and experiences of young adults
  • Learning and development via network participation: A case study of a peace educator network
  • An exploration of an adult education programme and how it has fostered change in participants
  • Experiences of formal education on offer at the uSethubeni Youth Centre, Westville Correctional facility: A case study
  • An action research exploration of whether matching different teaching methods to learner’s learning styles can support Level Two learners studying in English First Additional Language at a South African TVET College
  • A critical exploration of the potential contribution of Rumi’s work to Freirean emancipatory adult education