The PhD is conferred by virtue of a thesis (FTP 990) and, unless the Dean decides otherwise, an examination on the field of study covered by the thesis (FTP 900).
The maximum period for the completion of a doctoral degree is five years. However, in accordance with the stipulations of the General Regulationsand in extraordinary circumstances, the Chairperson of a School may, on the recommen-dation of the head of department, approve a fixed, limited extension of the period.
Subject to the stipulations of the General Regulations, a candidate must be in possession of a master's degree in Physiotherapy or an equivalent qualification for admission to doctoral studies.
Also consult General Regulations.
Note: All students must register for, and attend (TNM 800) Applied research methodology 800 satisfactorily. (Exemption will be granted if (TNM 800) Applied research methodology 800 has been passed for the MPhysT degree.)
(a) A complete research protocol with regard to the thesis must be submitted to an evaluation committee and, if necessary, also to the Ethics Committee for approval. The evaluation committee is constituted by the head of department in conjunction with the Chairperson of the School and will consist of experienced persons in research in the proposed field of study of the candidate.
At least two committee members will be appointed from other national and/or international tertiary institutions. Due to financial constraints, technological aids will be used in the case of committee members from foreign universities, who will for this reason be unable to attend the meeting. The report of the evaluation committee will be made available to the candidate in writing.
(b) The thesis must deal with a problem from one or other field of Physiotherapy and must be proof to the promoter and examiners that it represents original research.