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 research proposal module, a thesis, 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 are a compulsory condition for the degree to be conferred. Candidates are required to first register and comply with the requirements for the research proposal module before registration for the thesis will be allowed.

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 students to Unisa will receive confirmation via the e-mail address 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 within the approved registration period for 2021. 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 the qualification during the next application period.

When can I register?

Registration opens Registration closes
Master's & doctoral qualifications 5 January 2021 30 April 2021

Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Business Leadership (MBL) and Doctor of Business Leadership (DBL) qualifications

  • First-time students registering for the MBA, MBL and DBL must register by 31 January 2021, as compulsory study schools take place in February 2021.
  • All SBL students with a 7-series student number should contact the Graduate School of Business Leadership for assistance with re-registration:
5 January 2021 12 February 2021
MCompt degree 5 January 2021 12 February 2021

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

  • All qualifications in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (excluding Computing qualifications)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (90040) - SET option
  • Master of Science in Nature Conservation (Full Dissertation) (98022) 
  • Qualifications in the Department of Decision Sciences (Quantitative Management & Operations Research)

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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.


Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
DPEDU01 - Doctoral Proposal - Education
TFNSE01 - PhD - Education (Natural Science Education) Pre-requisite:DPEDU01 or DPCHS01