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Education: Postgraduate studies: Preparation for postgraduate studies

A guide to combine all the processes involved in doing your master's and doctoral degree at the Faculty of Education

Tips before you start

Tips before you start with your post-graduate studies

  • Find a topic that is current, or a new angle on a topic by reading, and looking at news and other media
  • Read and READ some more
  • Update your computer skills
  • Learn to type if needed
  • Update your Word processing skills
  • Learn how to use a reference manager
  • Learn how to find and use the library resources
  • Ask your information specialist @ the library for assistance
  • Familiarise yourself with the different steps in the research process by consulting research methodology books

Typing tutorial

Reference Manager

Computer settings

File names

Files names

  • If  you are renaming PDF files : use either the Author name and part of the title or the title only
  • If naming your Chapters in your thesis or the versions of your article always include a date to ensure you can identify the latest version of the document

Access to library before registration

Contact your information specialist to assist with access to the PDF files of journal articles

Mrs Sonja DelportTHED (PU vir CHO); Dip. in Special Education(UNISA)

Information Specialist for Early Childhood Education and Humanities Education 
Tel.: +27 12 420 5545
Office: Media Building Room 3-10 (Level 3), Groenkloof Campus

Ms Maggie MoropaneSecondary Teacher's Diploma (Dr C.N. Phatudi College of Education); BA (Pret). 

Information Specialist for Education Management & Policy Studies and Science Mathematics & Technology Education

Tel.: +27 12 420 5565
Office: Media Building, Room 3-7 (Level 3), Groenkloof Campus


Ms Liesl Stieger  BBibl (NWU), Hons. Industrial Psychology (NWU), Masters Knowledge Management (UP).

Information Specialist for Educational Psychology

Tel.: +27 12 420 5559
Office: Media Building Room 2-34 (Level 2), Groenkloof Campus


Finding a topic

Contact the Department where you intend to do your studies

Find out at your department if they have topic suggestions that correlate with the supervisor expertise. They might be busy with research project that you can contribute too.


REMEMBER to make backups and use a file name with date!!!