Why Study at SFUCHAS?
Various courses are offered at our University, the main aim being to equip students with the necessary knowledge to move the world forward in areas of medicine and treatment. The awards given in the college are recognized internationally because they meet comparable criteria of other Universities worldwide. The study programmes offered at SFUCHAS lead to the internationally recognized academic awards as shown below:
A Bachelor degree is the first academic degree awarded after the completion of undergraduate studies. Such first cycle studies should last at a minimum of three years and at a maximum of four years. The Bachelor degree should be relevant to the African and international labour market as an appropriate level of qualification. In many countries, Bachelor degrees can be obtained from both universities and other higher education institutions. Programmes leading to the Bachelor degree may and should have different orientations and various profiles in order to accommodate a diversity of individual, academic and labour market needs.
The level of qualification that has to be reached with a Bachelor degree is described within the Tanzanian qualifications framework. According to this framework, a Bachelor degree is awarded to students who:
- Have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in a field of study that builds upon their general secondary education,
- Can apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to their work or vocation,
- Have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues,
- Can communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialists and non-specialists audiences,
- Have developed those learning skills that are necessary for them to continue to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.
A Master degree is usually awarded on the completion of postgraduate or graduate studies. Access to this second cycle should require successful completion of first cycle studies, lasting a minimum of three and a maximum of four years. All in all, first and second cycle studies should not last longer than five years. In principle, a Master degree provides access to doctoral studies. However, it is left to the discretion of the higher education institutions which other requirements PhD candidates have to fulfil.
In many countries, Master degrees can be obtained at both universities and other higher education institutions. Programmes leading to a degree will, and indeed should, have different orientations and various profiles in order to accommodate a diversity of individual, academic and labour market needs.
A Master degree should be awarded to students who:
- Have demonstrated knowledge and understanding that is founded upon and extends and/or enhances that typically associated with the first cycle,
- Can apply their knowledge understanding, and problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multi-disciplinary) contexts related to their field of study,
- Have the ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgements with incomplete or limited information,
- Can communicate their conclusions, knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences cleary and unambiguously,
- Have the learning skills to allow them to continue to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed or autonomous.
A doctoral degree should be awarded to students who:
- Have demonstrated a systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of the skills and methods of research associated with that field,
- Have demonstrated the ability to conceive, design, implement and adapt a substantial process of research with scholarly integrity,
- Have made a contribution through original research that extends the frontier of knowledge by developing a substantial body of work, some of which merits national or international refereed publication,
- Are capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas,
- Can communicate with their peers, the larger scholarly community and with society in general about their areas of expertise,
- Can be expected to be able to promote, within academic and professional contexts, technological, social or cultural advancement in a knowledge based society. (Cfr. Glossary on the Bologna Process, 2006).