Masters and Doctoral studies involve both training and research. In addition to training in research, which is particularly emphasised, lectured master’s degrees also include advanced course work on a postgraduate level.
At the NWU research is conducted mainly in a number of approved research entities. Each of the research entities functions under the guidance of a research director. The research director, or person responsible for research, provides guidance to the staff and postgraduate students who participate in the research work of the research entity, and he/she is also responsible for managing the research entity. In this regard, research directors act in close consultation with school directors and deans. The research entities are tasked to promote quality and become competitive at an international level.