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Postgraduate: Doctoral Programme

Brochure for 2019

The University's general regulations G.45 - G.61 are applicable, as well as the regulations of the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology for the PhD(IT) and PhD(IS) (see relevant Yearbook).

The Department focuses its research on the following broad fields:

  • Information systems and management

  • Information systems and education

  • ICT for Sustainable Development

  • Human-computer iteraction

  • Data science

See Doctoral Theses for a list of completed PhDs

The PhD programme

The Department offers a PhD in Information Technology and Information Systems under the auspices of the School of Information Technology in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology as well as a PhD in Informatics under the auspices of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Students in possession of a master’s degree or equivalent may consider these options in Informatics. 

The study consist of a research thesis to be completed under the supervision of a promoter. Topics for the thesis may be chosen from any of the research focus areas of the Department.

On completion, the candidate is expected to hand in proof of submission of two publishable academic articles of 5000-7000 words together with the thesis for examination. The article must have been submitted to an accredited journal under the names of the candidate and the supervisor(s) and the University of Pretoria owns the intellectual property rights.

Administrative details & admission requirements (PhD)

  1. A prospective PhD student must be in possession of a master's degree in IT/IS or must be admitted to that status by the Dean. In addition the student must have had extensive working experience in the information systems field. In exceptional cases a student with a master’s degree in other relevant fields might be considered for admission. An attainment of at least 65% (average of all the courses and/or dissertation) for the master's degree in IT/IS (or equivalent) is required. As part of the selection process we expect students to present their preliminary research proposal to a committee for approval.
  2. All students may be expected to do preparatory study, the extent of which will be decided upon in consultation with the student. Students who have not done their MCom or MPhil at the Department of Informatics will have to do the Informatics Seminar in the first year of their PhD registration. During the seminars candidates will be guided towards writing a research proposal. Candidates must obtain at least 70% for the research proposal and work done during the seminar in order to continue with the PhD programme.
  3. Students who have interrupted their studies also have to apply for admission to the University again.
  4. Students who have interrupted their studies without suspending it at Administration will have to pay all arrears.
  5. All theses are also examined by academics from outside this University.

- Author Carina de Villiers
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