PhD Programme

PhD in Physics

More information can be found in the Yearbook.


MSc in Physics (or equivalent qualification) and with permission by the Head of Department (HOD).

Course structure

This degree is awarded on the basis of a research thesis performed under the supervision of at least one academic staff member of the Department of Physics.

The HOD and supervisor may also require a student to take some courses to provide additional background knowledge to the student, before or during the research project.

Students will be required to present a seminar that is open to the public on their thesis and also defend their thesis in an oral examinations.

It is also expected that at least one publication in an international journal must originate from the research work.

The research project, completion of the dissertation and delivery of the seminar should be finished over a three to four year period.

Research project

Students will have to identify a suitable supervisor and agree upon a research project.
The various research groups, their respective group leaders and possible research projects can be found at this link.

A list of possible research projects can also be found here.

International students

Information regarding the registration requirements, process, and study fees for international students (not RSA citizens) can be found at this link.

International students will have to secure their own funding, before they can register for a postgraduate degree. Students will have to budget for at about R 100 000 (US$ 10 000) per year for living expenses.

Information on scholarships for international students can be found under bursaries and scholarships.

Admission dates

Students can apply at any time during the year for admission. The new academic year for students start every year in January, but students will be allowed to register at a later stage through the year as well.

Contact HOD: Prof C Theron

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