Many of the courses are available as stand-alone options for which you receive a certificate once the course is completed and passed. This means you do not have to register for a full degree. Subject to certain rules, up to two certificates can be turned into credits for an Honours degree, provided you are accepted for that degree. Classes take place either once a week in the evenings over 12-14 weeks, or as full-time courses for 1-2 weeks.

What you need to earn a certificate: Attend the course and fulfil the assessment requirements to receive a Wits University Certificate of Competence. If you are accepted into Honours at a later point, you can apply for up to two of these courses to be credited towards your degree.

When to apply: At least one month before the start of a course.

How to apply: All certificate courses cost R9 000 (except Development Communication and Radio Academy Certificates). To register, fill in  the application form and email it to admissions@journalism.co.za

Accreditation: Please note that these certificates are issued by the University of the Witwatersrand in its own right, as it is entitled to do as a public university. They do not appear on the SAQA list of courses.  Click here for a full explanation of the relevant legal provisions



These courses do not run every year, depending on demand and the availability of teachers. Please note that entry to all courses is subject to the agreement of the course coordinator since some courses may require minimum levels of previous experience. Please see the 2022 timetable for course days and times. Find out more about the Wits Radio Academy’s certificate courses and Development Communication Certificates.



*Note: Online Journalism Course has been cancelled for the 2022 Academic Year.