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Doctorate Degrees in South Africa 2022

Requirements for the PhD program often involve the student having already obtained a Master’s degree. Additionally, a thesis or dissertation primarily consisting of original academic research must be submitted. In some countries, this work may even need to be defended in front of a panel.Students who want to further their education after obtaining a bachelor’s degree may want to pursue a M… Read more

Requirements for the PhD program often involve the student having already obtained a Master’s degree. Additionally, a thesis or dissertation primarily consisting of original academic research must be submitted. In some countries, this work may even need to be defended in front of a panel.

Students who want to further their education after obtaining a bachelor’s degree may want to pursue a Master. This advanced degree is available in a wide range of areas such as science, business, technology, arts and humanities.

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Johannesburg, South Africa

The Doctoral examination is conducted in at least two fields of study. A thesis is presented on a topic in linguistics or in literature as proof of the ability to conduct rese ... +

The Doctoral examination is conducted in at least two fields of study. A thesis is presented on a topic in linguistics or in literature as proof of the ability to conduct research and as proof of a unique contribution to science. An article ready for publication is submitted with the thesis. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English, Afrikaans
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Johannesburg, South Africa

The Doctoral study program comprises a thesis written under supervision that makes an original contribution to the field of Anthropology on a topic selected in consultation wi ... +

The Doctoral study program comprises a thesis written under supervision that makes an original contribution to the field of Anthropology on a topic selected in consultation with the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies. A Doctoral defense (of the proposal and the thesis) is required in accordance with the regulations of the Faculty of Humanities. An article ready for publication on the thesis content is also required. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Johannesburg, South Africa

The postgraduate program in Applied Linguistics and Literary Theory, in drawing on the knowledge fields of both its disciplines, is aimed at the specialized education and trai ... +

The postgraduate program in Applied Linguistics and Literary Theory, in drawing on the knowledge fields of both its disciplines, is aimed at the specialized education and training and research needs of language practitioners such as translators, interpreters, text editors, and language planners, copywriters and language teachers. Translation and interpreting are complex linguistic, cognitive, and textual processes that, among other things, also entail socio-cultural mediation. Given the complexity of these activities and hence the interdisciplinary nature of language practice, these programs offer a balance of theoretical, practical, and experiential knowledge and skills. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 

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Johannesburg, South Africa

The DLitt et Phil (Biblical Studies) program is a research program, comprising predominantly theoretical work, and normally does not require work-based learning or vocational ... +

The DLitt et Phil (Biblical Studies) program is a research program, comprising predominantly theoretical work, and normally does not require work-based learning or vocational training. The Doctoral program is by nature an advanced specialization in either OT or NT (or both), building on the specialization level already reached on the Master’s level. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Johannesburg, South Africa

The purpose of this program is to explore a wide range of forms of human communication from a variety of perspectives that connect the local and the global and are rooted in A ... +

The purpose of this program is to explore a wide range of forms of human communication from a variety of perspectives that connect the local and the global and are rooted in African contexts and experiences. As an inherently interdisciplinary and flexible program, the MA in Communication Studies intersects a multiplicity of fields and areas in the humanities and social sciences and offers an opportunity to explore their complementarity and interconnectedness. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Johannesburg, South Africa

Students accepted for this course are required to research, write and present a full thesis (approximately 220 pages), which contributes new knowledge to the field of English ... +

Students accepted for this course are required to research, write and present a full thesis (approximately 220 pages), which contributes new knowledge to the field of English Studies. Specialist supervision is available in the following areas of study: South/ African Literary Studies and Post Colonialism; Renaissance and Romantic Studies; and Contemporary Fiction. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Johannesburg, South Africa

On a more advanced level (Doctoral studies) students are encouraged to collaborate with us in our fields of expertise, i.e. the Contemporary French Novel, Autobiography; Conte ... +

On a more advanced level (Doctoral studies) students are encouraged to collaborate with us in our fields of expertise, i.e. the Contemporary French Novel, Autobiography; Contemporary French Theatre, and Francophone Literature in order to develop their capacities for research and critical thought. The French Department’s Doctoral Degree is designed for dedicated researchers and mainly consists of a dissertation. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Johannesburg, South Africa

In a Doctoral Degree, students prove their ability to do original research. Ideally, this research should lead to the publication of an article or a book. The formative value ... +

In a Doctoral Degree, students prove their ability to do original research. Ideally, this research should lead to the publication of an article or a book. The formative value of a Doctoral Degree cannot be overestimated: acquiring and practicing skills of creative and original thinking, problem-solving, critical reading, analysis, and synthesis. The topic of the degree should contribute to our understanding of Greek civilization (Ancient, Hellenistic, Byzantine, or Modern) and its contribution to Western civilization (political theory, philosophy, religion, literature, theatre, film, religion, architecture, etc. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Johannesburg, South Africa

DLitt et Phil Industrial Sociology is an advanced level of study in which a candidate has to conduct independent research and produce a thesis that demonstrates a contribution ... +

DLitt et Phil Industrial Sociology is an advanced level of study in which a candidate has to conduct independent research and produce a thesis that demonstrates a contribution to knowledge in the field. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Johannesburg, South Africa

The Doctoral study program comprises a thesis that makes an original contribution to the field of Journalism on a topic selected in consultation with the Departmental Chairper ... +

The Doctoral study program comprises a thesis that makes an original contribution to the field of Journalism on a topic selected in consultation with the Departmental Chairperson. A maximum of four advanced seminars on relevant aspects of the topic of study and an oral examination (the equivalent of two papers each consisting of four modules) as prescribed in the General Regulation book are required. A research article that is suitable for publication in an academic journal is also required. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Johannesburg, South Africa

In a Doctoral Degree, students prove their ability to do original research. Ideally, this research should lead to the publication of an article or a book. The formative value ... +

In a Doctoral Degree, students prove their ability to do original research. Ideally, this research should lead to the publication of an article or a book. The formative value of a Doctoral Degree cannot be overestimated: acquiring and practicing skills of creative and original thinking, problem-solving, critical reading, analysis, and synthesis. The topic of the degree should contribute to our understanding of Roman civilization and its contribution to Western civilization (political theory, philosophy, religion, literature, theatre, film, religion, architecture, etc.). -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Johannesburg, South Africa

For this degree, students write a thesis under supervision, on a topic selected in consultation with the Department. The topic must be in line with the expertise of the availa ... +

For this degree, students write a thesis under supervision, on a topic selected in consultation with the Department. The topic must be in line with the expertise of the available lecturers. An article of publishable quality must be submitted with the thesis. A Doctoral conference of both the proposal and the thesis is required in accordance with the regulations of the Department of Philosophy. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Johannesburg, South Africa

A thesis on a theme in Political Science or International Relations, as a unique contribution which also demonstrates the ability to do independent and meaningful research, is ... +

A thesis on a theme in Political Science or International Relations, as a unique contribution which also demonstrates the ability to do independent and meaningful research, is required. An article ready for publication has to be submitted along with the thesis. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Johannesburg, South Africa

The DLitt et Phil degree is offered by dissertation only, and registration can be on a full-time or part-time basis. It is the candidate’s responsibility to put forward a suit ... +

The DLitt et Phil degree is offered by dissertation only, and registration can be on a full-time or part-time basis. It is the candidate’s responsibility to put forward a suitable research proposal but the Department of Psychology will provide significant mentoring and supervisory support during this process. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Johannesburg, South Africa

DLitt et Phil Sociology is an advanced level of study in which a candidate has to conduct independent research and produce a thesis that demonstrates a contribution to knowled ... +

DLitt et Phil Sociology is an advanced level of study in which a candidate has to conduct independent research and produce a thesis that demonstrates a contribution to knowledge in the field. The Degree is assessed on the basis of the thesis only and the candidate has to satisfy the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of Humanities that the thesis is his or her own unaided work. Upon submission of the final thesis, he or she has to give an undertaking that it has not been submitted to any other institution for examination and the granting of a qualification. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus