Master's & doctoral degrees

What's new for 2024?

  • Students who obtained their qualifications outside the borders of South Africa must have their qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and upload a SAQA certificate of evaluation during the application process ( 
  • From 2023, the research proposal module will no longer be a stand-alone module for full research master's and doctoral qualifications. Students who are admitted will register for the dissertation/thesis in their first year of study.
  • Doctoral students who registered for the first time in 2022, and who will be completing in 2024, will be required to do an oral examination (viva voce) as part of the curriculum for the doctoral degree. Click here for the guidelines for the oral examination. 
  • From 2024, doctoral students may at the time of registration discuss the option with their supervisor(s) to complete the doctoral degree by publication. The doctoral degree by publication refers to a doctoral degree that is composed of several peer-reviewed publications written as an introduction, discussion and conclusion that has been put together as separate chapters, contributing to a unified research theme within a specified field. Click here for more information on the PhD by Publication. 

Last modified: 2023/12/18