The PhD degree is conferred by virtue of a thesis.
The relevant 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 relevant head of department/director, waive this prerequisite.
Not all postgraduate programmes are offered every year. Please consult the relevant faculty's student administration concerning the presentation of this programme.
- Relevant master’s degree
- A cumulative weighted average of at least 60% for the master’s degree
Other programme-specific information
The curriculum must be compiled in consultation with the head of the department.
Examinations and pass requirements
The thesis should be passed in accordance with the stipulations of General Academic Regulations G50 and G54, as well as a compulsory module in Research Methodology.
Refer to General Academic Regulations G50 and G54.
The candidate will complete his/her research under the guidance of his/her supervisor, and submit the thesis as soon as it complies with the regulations of the University. A public defence of the thesis and an article for publication is part of the prerequisites of completing the degree. The research component (thesis and draft article for publication) contributes 100% towards the total requirement for the degree.
University of Pretoria Programme Qualification Mix (PQM) verification project
The higher education sector has undergone an extensive alignment to the Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework (HEQF) across all institutions in South Africa. In order to comply with the HEQSF, all institutions are legally required to participate in a national initiative led by regulatory bodies such as the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The University of Pretoria is presently engaged in an ongoing effort to align its qualifications and programmes with the HEQSF criteria. Current and prospective students should take note that changes to UP qualification and programme names, may occur as a result of the HEQSF initiative. Students are advised to contact their faculties if they have any questions.