Doctoral Programmes

All applications for PhD studies are subject to a rigorous selection process. A complete academic record in respect of all previous studies must accompany applications. All applicants are expected to submit an acceptable research concept note which falls within the research foci of the Faculty of Education and the relevant department. Computer literacy is strongly recommended for admission to the PhD.

A.  Students for the PhD degree must:

  1. Submit a research proposal during the first year of registration and defend it successfully before they can start with the research.
  2. Submit a thesis for examination on a topic approved by the Dean on the recommendation of the Head of Department; and
  3. Pass an oral examination; (if required)
  4. Attend all research capacity building sessions on quantitative and qualitative research;
  5. Submit proof of submission of an article issued by an accredited journal.
  6. In specific circumstances, and with adequate and full motivation, students could be exempted from one or more of these requirements.
  7. After registration every student and his/her supervisor will sign an agreement with regard to the academic supervision. The student’s, as well as the supervisor’s expectations will be indicated.

B.  Research proposal

Guidelines for the format, submission and defending will be communicated
by the relevant supervisor.

D.  Duration of study and requirements for doctoral degrees

Students who register for a doctorate must complete their studies within
three years after first registering for the degree.

E.  Fields of study:

Knowledge Areas Package coordinator
Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Prof Rian de Villiers
Tel: 012 420 5529
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Assessment and Quality Assurance Dr Celeste Combrinck
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Computer Integrated Education Prof Thiru Vandeyar
Tel: 012 420 2372
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