Faculty of Education
Research Excellence at University of Pretoria

Research at the University of Pretoria (UP) is at the apex of the University’s long-term strategic plan, UP 2025, which is to be a leading research-intensive university in Africa. Equally important is the University’s international visibility and the impact of its research and innovation on socio-economic development in South Africa and in the region. UP therefore deliberately balances its focus on research and innovation and the partnerships fostered by creating an environment that is conducive to scholarly pursuits. A wide range of research and professional areas underscores the strength of UP in research and postgraduate education, and also the areas in which UP is positioned as a research leader in Africa and internationally.

It is through the sustained individual and collective actions of our researchers that UP continues to strengthen its identity as a leading, research-intensive university in Africa.

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Welcome to the Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education prides itself on being a multi-racial and culturally diverse environment for learning. Our programmes are strengthened by our partnership with the Department of Basic Education, as well as other departments and faculties within the University of Pretoria. In pursuit of teaching excellence, the Faculty supports the University’s hybrid teaching and learning model, which offers you an optimal blend of face-to-face and virtual (or online) learning opportunities. You will have access to some of the best infrastructure, libraries, laboratories, online study resources, lecturers and work opportunities in South
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Welcome to the University of Pretoria, and thanks for choosing UP! The Faculty of Education is set in its own beautiful campus and surroundings at UP’s Groenkloof Campus, a stone’s throw away from the Hatfield Campus. Our campus gives you access to some of the best infrastructure, libraries, laboratories, sports facilities and lecturers, which all help to prepare our students for future work opportunities in South Africa and beyond.

Our professional programmes in education are relevant and internationally recognised and accredited. We produce competent teachers of a high calibre with an excellent, in-depth knowledge of their subject fields.

You will be among the best teachers because you’ll be part of THE UP WAY of life. This means that you will receive a very high quality of teaching and learning support which will make you a creative and innovative thinker. Our training also equips our students with digital literacies for the 21st century. You will be able to have a positive impact in society by shaping and developing young minds.

We’ve got all the systems in place to help you to graduate on time and join the world beyond university with all the skills you need to get your first job or start your own business.

As a teacher, you will live THE UP WAY because you will understand the value of being caring, kind and respectful to everyone. You’ll also live THE UP WAY because you’ll learn to be adaptable, creative and confident, because the world’s best teachers need to inspire these qualities in their learners.

So, Choose UP, and we hope to see you next year!

Academic Programmes

Postgraduate programmes

The Faculty of Education at the UP is one of the largest and most diverse facilities in Africa for the training of education professionals from across the world. The Faculty is internationally recognised for its academic standards and its research citations.

Research Areas

The research areas of the Faculty of Education are HIV/AIDS in Education, Language and Literacy in Education, Assessment, Evaluation and Quality Assurance, Early Childhood Education, Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, Power, Reform, Change and Continuity in Education and Teacher Development and Professionalism.

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UP aims to create an enabling environment in which our postgraduate students and their supervisors can function optimally. Our supervisors provide academic guidance and mentorship to students and are key role players in the administrative efficiency of postgraduate study.


After selecting your postgraduate programme, you will need to identify a supervisor to give you  academic support and help you achieve a high standard of research outputs during your postgraduate journey. At UP we place strong emphasis on academic excellence and innovation and strive to provide a supportive environment for all our postgraduate students to thrive.

Choosing a supervisor plays a crucial role in empowering students to become independent thinkers, skilled researchers and influential contributors in their chosen fields. Supervisors also play a pivotal role in helping students shape their research topics, refine methodologies and navigate the complex landscape of academia.

During your postgraduate studies, you have the chance to work closely with your supervisors, receiving personalised attention and guidance. This close relationship allows for constructive feedback, brainstorming sessions and the development of critical thinking skills.

If you are considering postgraduate studies at UP, rest assured that you will be embarking on an exciting journey of intellectual exploration, personal growth and professional development. By choosing UP you will have the opportunity to work alongside exceptional supervisors, collaborate with exceptional peers and make a lasting impact in your chosen discipline.

Find a suitable supervisor for your chosen area of research here

Research That Matters


Internationally recognised for our academic reputation, employer reputation and citations of research, we strive to achieve excellence in research that is aligned to national needs and priorities. We want to make a substantial contribution to scientific knowledge production and the delivering of research results that have direct application to local problems.

In line with the vision of UP, we actively promote a research culture and continuously focus on building research capacity, providing sufficient resources for research and applying stringent evaluation measures, as well as the highest ethical standards to our research outputs.


This support of postgraduate students has led to a substantial increase in the number of graduates in our Faculty. The best of student research and achievement is showcased at the prestigious annual Postgraduate Research Indaba.

The Faculty of Education has firmly established itself as one of the premier facilities for education research, capacity development, and productivity in southern Africa. The consistent growth in the volume and quality of research outputs, and the international recognition of the Faculty and its members through various awards and citations bear testimony to a vibrant and intelligent research community.

Institutes, Centres and Units

The Faculty of Education hosts three centres and one unit that produce cutting-edge research, contributing significantly in the areas of resilience, distance education, evaluation and assessment, education law and education policy, and innovative teaching.

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Funding Opportunities

As a postgraduate student or prospective student at UP, there are a number of research resources available to you to identify suitable research funding opportunities. Apart from the University, many companies and institutions offer scholarships and bursaries for postgraduate studies. The University manages a number of financial funds on behalf of institutions who provide such funding. Applications for financial assistance, bursaries or funding must be submitted concurrently while you apply for admittance to your postgraduate programme. Funding is subject to approval and availability.

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Postgraduate Accommodation

If you are looking for that special place you can call your home away from home, then a residence at the University of Pretoria (UP) is just the place for you. With us, you will find an environment that is conducive to working and studying hard.

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