The University of Pretoria has a proud academic tradition that goes back to 1908. Over the past century, its stature as a research-intensive university has matured, while the number of students enrolled has grown. UP currently has more than 61 577 registered students, with just over 13 000 enrolled as postgraduate students. Of these, more than 3 929 are international students, 67% of whom are from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. The strong postgraduate student presence places UP at the forefront of academic training in southern Africa and the rest of the continent. In 2014, the University enrolled 14 470 postgraduate students (at all postgraduate levels excluding distance education) and graduated 4 836 postgraduate students, including 237 doctorates, thereby contributing to the pool of highly skilled human capital. In 2015 we expect similar numbers, with enrolment in research master’s and doctoral levels of study still open.
The degrees offered at UP are internationally recognised and are structured in a manner similar to those of the world’s great universities. Each year a growing number of students graduate from UP and, having been well prepared, go on to make an impact in the world of work, be that in industry, in government or in the public sector and in non-governmental organisations.
The University has nine faculties and a business school that prioritise postgraduate studies. For more detailed faculty-specific information, go to the faculties of Economic and Management Sciences, Education, Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Theology and Veterinary Science, as well as the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
Identifying your research interests
Postgraduate students, especially those enrolled for research masters and doctoral qualifications, should first identify their area of research interest. This makes it possible to identify, by visiting the University’s website, as well as the relevant faculty and department web pages, and the profiles of staff members active in their areas of research interest. These academic staff members are the discipline experts and will be in a position to provide high quality research supervision. Opportunities also exist in the University’s many institutes, centres and units, as well as in the Research focus areas, and the SARChI and industry-sponsored chairs. Once students have identified a potential supervisor, they should establish whether the necessary research capacity is available and whether the Faculty can accommodate the student in its research programme. In the event that a student cannot identify a potential supervisor, the GSH will assist students in making contact with the relevant department and in identifying a supervisor.