Application Guidelines

A postgraduate degree will enhance your CV and equip you with the knowledge required to thrive in your industry. Thank you for considering the University of Pretoria (UP) to pursue your postgraduate qualification.

Step by step guide

View this step-by-step guide on how to apply for your postgraduate programme.

Postgraduate brochure

This booklet provides a comprehensive overview of postgraduate studies at the University of Pretoria.

Postgraduate Journey

The postgraduate journey will provide you with information to ensure a successful completion of your postgraduate studies.

How to apply

  • Check that you have the required qualifications.
  • If you have international post-school qualifications, have them evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
    • Visit to have your qualifications evaluated before applying for postgraduate studies.
    • Call centre +27 (0)12 431 5000/70
    • Helpdesk +27 (0)86 010 3188
  • Read up about your potential department on the UP website.
  • Email queries to the administrator of your chosen department.
  • Identify – and secure – a supervisor before applying.
  • Have your official academic record ready.
TIP: Please pay attention to the opening and closing dates for applying to study at UP. We don't want you to miss out!
  • Make sure you have all the information about your proposed study programme.
  • Decide whether you need funding and see what options are available to you.
TIP: Prospective students may contact postgraduate recruitment at the Postgraduate Support Office ([email protected]), or their specific faculty advisor.

Items to complete your application and submit it online.

  1. Go to Apply at UP. Complete the application form.
  2. Check that the information you supplied on the online application form is 100% correct.
  3. Apply for a postgraduate residence space with your initial application (click 'yes' on the 'Residence Interest' tab on the online application).
  4. Hit the 'Submit' button.
  5. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt email with your student number.
  6. The faculty and/or academic department will now consider your application.
  7. The outcome of your application can be tracked via the UP Student Centre, by following the instructions contained in the acknowledgement letter that was sent to you.
TIP: Prospective students may contact postgraduate recruitment at the Postgraduate Support Office ([email protected]), or their specific faculty advisor.
Any questions?

If you are joining the University of Pretoria for the first time you may have a lot of questions. You're not alone! Here are some of the questions that we're asked most often. To make it even easier for you, we've grouped the answers into general categories. Simply click on the category and find the information that you need. If you need to know something that is not on the list, feel free to contact us.

Need to change information?

Don't stress if you need to update or alter something on your submission. Email [email protected] to update your submission.

Copyright © University of Pretoria 2024. All rights reserved.

FAQ's Email Us Virtual Campus Share Cookie Preferences