|07267003||Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences|
|Duration of study: 2 years||Total credits: 360|
All postgraduate programmes are not offered every year. Please consult the relevant faculty concerning the presentation of this programme.
The PhD degree is conferred by virtue of a thesis.
The head of department reserves the right to prescribe any additional modules/seminars for a candidate.
A candidate must also pass the compulsory module in EBW 801 Research methodology 801 if it has not been completed at master’s level. However, the Dean may, in exceptional cases and on the recommendation of the head of department/director concerned, waive this prerequisite.
The thesis should be passed in accordance with the stipulations of Regulations G.52 and G.60.2.2, as well as a compulsory module in Research Methodology.
The research component comprises a thesis and a research article for publication. Before registration for the PhD degree, a candidate must submit and present a research proposal. A candidate will work under the guidance of a supervisor to develop a detailed research proposal according to departmental guidelines and regulations. The proposal must be presented to the departmental PhD committee and must be officially approved by all relevant committees before the candidate can commence with his/her research. The candidate will continue his/her research under the guidance of his/her supervisor until the research is completed according to the rules and regulations of the University. A public defence of the final thesis is compulsory and forms part of the final examination. Furthermore, a research article based on the candidate’s research must be submitted for publication to a recognised accredited journal. The article is a compulsory condition for the degree to be conferred on the candidate. The research component contributes 100% towards the total requirement for the degree.
Minimum credits: 360
The following broad themes are covered:
• An overview of the research process to be followed and
the outcomes required of postgraduate students;
• Foundational skills for postgraduate students;
• What is research?;
• What is a theory and how can I ensure that my study makes a
clear theoretical contribution?;
• An overview of the structure of a research proposal;
• Identifying and evaluating possible research topics;
• Delineating the scope of a study;
• Writing a literature review;
• Choosing an appropriate inquiry strategy (research approach) for a
• Writing the research design and methods section of a research
Minimum credits: 360
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