Postgrad studies: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is there a midyear intake of postgraduate students into postgraduate programmes of the Department of Statistics?

The department has only one intake of students for the postgraduate cohort per year (applications close end October), successful applicants commence studies end January of the following year.

  1. Is part-time enrolment possible for postgraduate students in the department?

The University of Pretoria does not offer studies on a part-time basis.

  1. I obtained my qualifications in a country outside of South Africa. How does this affect my application for postgraduate studies?

You are welcome to apply to the program of your choice, however, you need to have your qualifications validated by SAQA – without SAQA validation, your application will not be considered.

In addition, it is the prospective candidate's full responsibility to obtain a valid study permit/visa to allow them to study in South Africa.

  1. Is funding available for full-time/part-time students?

Unfortunately the Department of Statistics is not able to fund any students to study on a full-time basis. Students are encouraged to apply for funding with the NRF.

  1. Can I assume that by applying to the programme that I will automatically be admitted?

No. The Admissions Committee considers all applications equally and a variety of factors (such as supervisory capacity for example) influence admittance (over and above the minimum posed requirements as described in the postgraduate brochure).

  1. Can I request/expect to be placed within a certain research group/supervisor?

Any successful student may request to be placed within a certain research group/supervisor, however, the final decision is at the discretion of the HoD to ensure a balanced research atmosphere within the department.

7. Is distance learning possible for postgraduate studies?

All postgraduate programs within the Department of Statistics is full contact - we do not offer any distance learning opportunities.

  • Please note all prospective students need to apply directly on the UP website prior to closing dates for applications.
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