Master's & doctoral degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Qualification stream: (Natural Science Education)
Qualification code: 90019 - NSE
Qualification type: Full Research
NQF level: 10
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 96477
The curriculum consists of a thesis that incorporates a research proposal, an oral defence (viva voce) and two manuscripts, based on the candidate's research, submitted for publication to a recognised accredited journal. Proof of the submission of the manuscripts is a compulsory condition for the degree to be conferred.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Returning students must please check their myLife e-mails for confirmation. New Unisa students will receive confirmation via the e-mail address they provided at the time of application.
  • Re-registering students (who made sufficient progress during the current academic year) and students who officially deferred their studies must register online during the approved registration period for 2023. Students who were registered for the research proposal in 2022, but have not completed it, will be allowed to register for the dissertation / thesis, depending on progress made during 2022. Re-registering students who have not made satisfactory progress may be precluded from registering

Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for admission during the next application period.

When can I register?

Registration opens Registration opens Registration closes Final date for payment
Master's & doctoral qualifications 9 January 2023 31 March 2023 30 April 2023

Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Business Leadership (MBL) qualifications 
* All SBL students with a 7-series student number should contact the Graduate School of Business Leadership for assistance with re-registration:

9 January 2023 3 February 2023 28 February 2023

Master of Accounting Sciences (98656) AUE, FAC, GOV, INT, MAC & TAX options

9 January 2023 3 February 2023 28 February 2023

The following qualifications have different registration dates for first-time registrations:

  • All qualifications in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (excluding Computer Science & Information Systems qualifications)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (90040) - SET, MAT, TEC, CHE, COM, LIF, AST, STA, SCE & PHY options
  • Master of Science in Nature Conservation (Full Dissertation) (98022)
  • Qualifications in the Department of Decision Science - (98597 – ORE), 98598, 98701

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Time limits for this degree

All master's and doctoral qualifications are structured over a defined period. Refer to sections 4.12 and 4.13 in the Procedures for master’s and doctoral degrees.

  • Coursework master's degree: A maximum of three years with an option to apply for one additional year.
  • Research master's degree: A maximum of three years with an option to apply for one additional year.
  • Doctoral degree: A maximum of six years with an option to apply for one additional year.

Both you and your supervisor are responsible to ensure that you complete your studies within the approved duration for your qualification.


Please click on the modules below to see further information

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
TFNSE01 - PhD - Education (Natural Science Education)