How To Submit A Unisa Honours Application

Sunday, 19 September, 2021 - 09:55
Lauren Chawula
How To Submit A Unisa Honours Application

Have you completed your undergraduate studies and now you're looking to apply for an honours degree at Unisa? Here's how to do so. 


The University of South Africa (Unisa) is a Open Distance e-learning university that offers a combination of career-orientated courses usually associated with a university of technology, combined with general formative academic programmes typically linked to a traditional university.

Unisa offers many certificates, degrees and diplomas at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. 

If you have completed your undergraduate studies then you may be looking to apply for an honours degree. 

Unisa has opened its applications for these degrees and the applications for the 2022 academic year will run from 15 August to 15 October 2021. 

Applications must be submitted online and Unisa states that only complete applications, where application fees have been paid and all supporting documents have been successfully uploaded, will be processed. 

Unisa selects students for their chosen honours qualifications based on whether the final mark obtained for their major subjects at their final undergraduate year meets the academic admission requirements. 

How To Submit Your Application

  • Check whether you meet the admission requirements for your qualification
  • Go to the Unisa website to begin the application. 
  • Provide the correct details. 
  • Provide a valid cellphone number and email address. 
  • Scan and upload the following documents: 
    • Copy of your official tertiary academic record(s) (if applicable) stating all the years of registration, modules passed and percentages obtained (internet copies will not be accepted)
      • International students must also upload a copy of the university ledger.
      •   A SAQA evaluation may be required for international students
      • Final-year students (excluding Unisa students) who do not yet have an official academic record indicating completion of qualification must upload the official academic record to Unisa by 31 January 2022 or submit it via e-mail to the relevant college e-mail address. Please use the e-mail address of the college under which your qualification resides. Submission after this date could delay the processing of your application. 
  • Copy of your ID document (RSA students) or ID / passport (international students)
  • Copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable) or divorce decree (if applicable)
  • Sworn translations of documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans

Students are advised to scan the documents according to the following document requirements: 

  • Files may not be larger than 2MB (2048KB) each.
  • Only black and white documents may be submitted.
  • Only the following file types are allowed: PDF (Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format file), DOC (Word document file) or TIF (image file).
  • Upload individual files for each required document. 

Once students have received a student number from Unisa they must pay the R120 online application fee. Only those students who do not have a formal Unisa student number will be required to pay this application fee. A proof of payment may be sent via an email to

Go to for the banking details and payment information. 

Your application will only be considered once the application fee and necessary documents have been uploaded. 

Admission to a qualification will depend on whether the student complies with admission requirements and whether there is space is available. 

If you are applying to Unisa for the first time and you do not have a myLife e-mail address then Unisa will communicate with you via the cellphone number or email addtess that you provided in your application. 

If you have been previously registered with Unisa then the university will send the outcome of your application to your myLife e-mail account. 

Students are encouraged to check this email account regularly as important communications are sent to it. 

Visit the Unisa website for more information on how to submit your honours application. 

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