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Faculty Website: Faculty of Science
Department: Department of Geography, Environmental Management & Energy Studies
Programme Level: Postgraduate
Programme Name: PhD in Geography (Research)
Programme Code: P2005Q
Medium of Facilitation: part-time, Full-Time
NQF Level: 10
NQF Credits: 360
In this module the student will prepare a research thesis on an approved research topic in Geography under the supervision of a supervisor, in which the student must prove that he/she can independently conduct original scientific research in Geography and publish the results in an accredited scientific journal. An original contribution to knowledge in Geography needs to be made.
For admission to a doctoral programme, applicants must have successfully completed a relevant master programme in the Geography or relevant field of study or discipline as determined by the relevant Faculty Board, approved by the SHDC, ratified by Senate and contained in the relevant Faculty Rules and Regulations. The extent to which applicants meet admission requirements is assessed by the relevant Head of Department, in consultation with the prospective supervisors, in accordance with the admission requirements for the particular doctoral programme determined by the Faculty Board, approved by Senate and contained in the relevant Faculty Rules and Regulations. The Head of Department, in consultation with the relevant Executive Dean, may set additional admission requirements, as approved by the relevant faculty higher degrees committee, for a particular student. Admission requirements are department specific and approved by the Executive Dean. Admission to a Doctoral programme is not automatic even if the applicant is in possession of an appropriate preceding qualification. A department may, subject to approval by the Executive Dean, require a student to successfully complete certain specified components before the Doctoral degree can be awarded. Students applying for Doctoral degree studies in general need to have obtained their previous relevant degree with an average mark of at least 65% or equivalent. In exceptional cases a student with a mark between 60% and 64% may apply to be accepted for study provided a motivation from the Supervisor and the Head of Department where the study is to be conducted is submitted to the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science for approval.