A PhD student must submit a thesis which deals with a topic from the discipline of architecture and which provides proof of advanced original research and/or creative work which makes a real and substantial contribution to the knowledge and/or practice of architecture.
A student must submit at least one draft article to a recognised journal for publication, before or concurrent with the submission of the thesis. The draft article must be based on the research undertaken for the thesis and must be acceptable to the supervisor.
Also refer to General Regulations G.42 to G.54.
- A master’s degree in Architecture or an associated field (such as urban design, civil engineering, planning, construction, geography, visual arts, sociology, or any other field deemed acceptable by the departmental Postgraduate Committee).
- The departmental Postgraduate Committee reserves the right to decide if the applicant is suitable for postgraduate studies based on the academic transcript and required application documentation. The Department has limited supervisory capacity and only accepts candidates for whom it is able to provide supervision. The applicant must intend to do research in the domain of architecture and urbanism, must determine the research focus area and a potential supervisor and confirm the potential supervisor’s availability (consult departmental website for research focus areas, potential supervisors, as well as required application documentation and procedures).
- An applicant in possession of a master’s degree by coursework may be requested by the departmental Postgraduate Committee to complete a research methodology course prior to commencing studies.
Candidates in possession of a master’s degree by coursework may, at the discretion of the relevant head of department, be required to pass supplementary modules prior to commencing of studies.
Examinations and pass requirements
The doctoral examination, either written or oral, is compulsory, and covers the content of the thesis as well as the field of study on which the thesis is based.