Current Students

Important dates
The academic year commences at the end of January/beginning of February. Doctoral students should aim to register preferably before the middle of March, but not later than end May. 

Should a student start his/her doctoral studies in the second semester, registration will be counted as a full academic year

PhD Degree Study Programmes

PhD: Mathematical Sciences (programme code 02260762)

Find the Yearbook link for the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences here.

Admission Requirements

For admission requirements and other information, click on the link of the relevant degree listed above.

An appropriate Master’s degree is required, the programme composition of which must include a heavy research component that led to a dissertation reflecting originality either in the content or in the presentation. (Please note that MTech degrees are not accepted.)

Closing dates for PhD applications are on the 30th of April of the admission year.
If you do not register for the year in which your application was accepted, you will need to reapply.
SAQA evaluation of qualifications is mandatory for international students. Peruse the info on the web page of the International Students Division (ISD) at

Application procedure
To  apply officially, go to and click Study at UP
Students who are currently registered at UP should apply on their UP Portal.
General information on fees, loans, and bursaries can be found at

How to find a supervisor
For guidelines on how to find a supervisor for your PhD thesis, please click here.


Postgraduate matters
Sarchi Chair 
Research Focus Areas

Contact persons for PhD study programmes

Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Contact person in Department
Ms L Bizaaré (September)
Tel (012) 420-3550
e-mail: [email protected]
office: Mathematics room 1-24

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Contact person in Faculty
Ms Daleen Fouché
Tel (012) 420-4580
e-mail: [email protected]
office: Agricultural Sciences Building (Student Admin)

Academic enquiries:
PhD in Mathematics and PhD in Applied Mathematics
Prof Michael Chapwanya (Postgraduate Coordinator)
e-mail: [email protected]office: Mathematics room 1-46.



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