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Programme: PhD Forest Science

Code NQF level Faculty Duration Credits
02260802 NQF level:  10 Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Minimum duration of study: 2 years Total credits: 360

Programme information

This is an interdepartmental programme. The curriculum is to be determined by the heads of department in the biological sciences.

Duration of studies
The doctorate is conferred on a student only if one of the following periods has expired:

  1. At least four years after complying with all the requirements for a three-year bachelor’s degree.
  2. At least three years after complying with all the requirements for a four-year bachelor’s degree.
  3. At least two years after complying with all the requirements for a bachelor’s degree of five years or more.
  4. At least two years after complying with all the requirements for a master’s degree.
  5. With the exception of a shorter period that may be approved by the Dean, at least 12 months since registration for the doctorate at this University has expired.

The relevant head of department may set specific residential requirements for students who are required to live on campus.

Renewal of registration
Subject to other faculty regulations, a student for a doctorate must complete his or her studies within three years after first registering for the degree. Under special circumstances, the Dean, on the recommendation of the relevant head of department or the Postgraduate Committee, may give approval for a limited fixed extension of this period.

Curriculum
The curriculum for the PhD degree consists of the following:

  1. Theoretical knowledge of the major subject/s and such additional modules as may be prescribed.
  2. A thesis.

General
Candidates are required to familiarise themselves with the General Regulations regarding the maximum duration of study and the requirements to submit an article/s for publication.

Admission requirements

  • MSc or MScAgric degree
  • At least a final grade point average of 65% for the preceding degree.
  • SAQA evaluation compulsory. (NQF level 8 required)

Examinations and pass requirements

  1. Consult the General Regulations that apply to the calculation of marks.
  2. In order to obtain the PhD degree the candidate must:
  • pass the examinations and the prescribed modules, as determined in the study programme;
  • pass the thesis; and
  • pass the final examination on the thesis and general subject knowledge.

Minimum credits: 360

Core modules

  • Module content:

    *Interdepartmental programme. The curriculum is determined by the heads of department in the biological sciences and will include the research proposal
    development and scientific writing. This is followed by research in the area of the chosen specialization in Forest Science culminating in the preparation and
    submission of research dissertation: including submission of scientific papers for peer reviewed credited journals.

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Minimum credits: 360

Core modules

  • Module content:

    *Interdepartmental programme. The curriculum is determined by the heads of department in the biological sciences and will include the research proposal
    development and scientific writing. This is followed by research in the area of the chosen specialization in Forest Science culminating in the preparation and
    submission of research dissertation: including submission of scientific papers for peer reviewed credited journals.

    View more


The information published here is subject to change and may be amended after the publication of this information. The General Regulations (G Regulations) apply to all faculties of the University of Pretoria. It is expected of each student to familiarise himself or herself well with these regulations as well as with the information contained in the General Rules section. Ignorance concerning these regulations and rules will not be accepted as an excuse for any transgression.

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