SATS December 2009 Edition

Professional postgraduate degrees for South Africa

The proposed Higher Education Qualifications Framework, currently available for public comment, indicates that South Africa is about to launch professional postgraduate degrees for the first time. This move will pave the way for SATS to apply to have a professional Masters degree and a professional doctoral degree (D.Min.?) accredited.

Currently, doctoral candidates must complete their degree by submitting a thesis (i.e. no coursework), but the proposal states that "Candidates are required to undertake a combination of coursework and advanced research leading to the submission, assessment and acceptance of a research component comprising a minithesis or another form or research that is commensurate with the nature of the discipline or field and the specific area of enquiry. The research component should comprise at least 60% of the degree. Professional doctorates may also include appropriate forms of work-integrated learning. The defining characteristic of this qualification is that in addition to the demonstration of high level research capability it requires the ability to integrate theory with practice through the application of theoretical knowledge to highly complex problems in a wide range of professional contexts."

As soon as the document has been finalised, SATS will submit its application for accreditation of these new degrees.

Vacancy at SATS

The South African Theological Seminary ( requires the services of an energetic, Kingdom-minded person with proven sales experience and excellent people skills.

We have recently created a sales post and require a person to travel locally and nationally to promote the Seminary's programmes to pastors, fraternals and at conferences.

The successful candidate will be required to reside in Johannesburg and must have his/her own car and a valid driver's license. If you feel that you would like to serve the Kingdom by promoting SATS, we invite you to submit your CV to by 10 February 2012.

SATS is a non-profit organisation.


Our annual Graduation Ceremony will take place on Saturday 21 April 2012 at 2pm, at the Lonehill Village Church.


Not enrolled yet?

If you have been thinking about enrolling at SATS, may I remind you that you can enrol at any time of the year, but because we work in three-month terms, it is always good to enrol just before a term begins. As the next one starts on 1 February, this is the ideal time to go to and fill out the online application form.

Our excellent administration team will evaluate your application and get back to you within a day or two, confirming your enrolment. You could start your studies by the end of this week!







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