Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences in Emergency Medical Care

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Faculty Website:   Faculty of Health Sciences
Department: Department of Emergency Medical Care
Programme Level: Postgraduate
Programme Name: Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences in Emergency Medical Care
Programme Code: P9H16Q

Medium of Facilitation: part-time, Full-Time
NQF Level: 10
NQF Credits: 360
SAQA: 96969

Application Start Date: 1 April 2024
Application End Date: 14 March 2025

Campus: Doornfontein

Contacts: UJ Call Centre 011 559-4555

Duration of Study: Full-Time 2 Years and Part-Time 5 Years

Programme Fees


The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy: ; Emergency Medical Care Degree is to promote the career advancement of graduates in the field of emergency medical care and rescue by enabling students to conduct independent, novel research in emergency medical care and rescue. This Doctoral Degree aims to provide members of the profession an opportunity to conduct independent original research through scientific discourse and independent investigation contributing to the development of the field of emergency medical care and rescue. The outcome of this field-specific Doctoral Degree is a comprehensive and systematic grasp of an in-depth body of knowledge in the field of emergency medical care and rescue with the development of specialist expert knowledge, thereby contributing to evidence based professional practice.

Admission Requirements

An appropriate Master’s Degree in the field of Emergency Medical Care and Rescue is required. Alternatively, conferment of status may be granted through an internal evaluation process in alignment with institutional policies. Applications from persons with an M Tech degree in Emergency Medical Care or equivalent qualifications will be considered by a constituted status committee in line with the Universities and Faculties regulations.

Selection Process

The selection of Doctoral students will be done in accordance with rules and regulations of the Higher Degrees Committee of the University of Johannesburg as stipulated for inter-disciplinary programmes; “In the case of interdisciplinary degrees, the Executive Dean of the home faculty (i.e. the one originally enrolling the student and registering the project), in consultation with the HODs concerned and/or supervisors, determines whether the applicant’s prior study provides a sufficient foundation for the proposed Doctoral study, and may require a supplementary study programme as a condition for admission. Assessment of prior knowledge (which may be an essay or an oral assessment) may be set as a formal prerequisite for admission or continuation. The Executive Dean concerned (as well as other Executive Deans if involved) signs the application for admission and indicates any specific conditions that are laid down. The proposal is signed by all supervisors concerned, and is then processed according to the normal procedures obtaining in that (home) faculty. Specific conditions laid down for the programme must be stated in the proposal.” The basic guideline is that students must have obtained a Masters in Emergency Medical Care or equivalent qualification in Emergency Medicine. In addition, the student must be able to develop a research proposal for the intended research project. The selection and allocation of postgraduate students depends on the availability of supervisors.

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