Unless the Dean, on the recommendation of the chairperson of the school, decides otherwise, the PhD degree is conferred on the basis of a thesis and an examination on the thesis.
Subject to the stipulations of G Regulations G.42 and G.54, no candidate is admitted to doctoral studies unless he/she holds an appropriate master's degree.
Unless Senate, on the recommendation of the supervisor, decides otherwise, a student, before or on submission of a thesis, must submit proof of submission of an article to an accredited journal, to the Head: Student Administration. The draft or submitted article, as the case may be, should be based on the research that the student has conducted for the thesis and be approved by the supervisor if the supervisor is not a co-author. The supervisor shall be responsible for ensuring that the paper is taken through all the processes of revision and resubmission, as may be necessary. Conferment of the degree may be made subject to compliance with the stipulations of this regulation.
The student must provide proof by means of his or her work, thesis and examination of advanced original research and/or creative work which makes a real and substantial contribution to the relevant field of research.