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Faculty Website: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Department of Social Work
Programme Level: Postgraduate
Programme Name: PhD in Social Work
Programme Code: P7026Q
Medium of Facilitation: part-time, Full-Time
NQF Level: 10
NQF Credits: 360
The aim of this programme is to develop advanced competencies related to the scientific basis and professional education of social workers and social service professionals to meet local development needs in a changing global context.
The doctorate consists of a thesis in consultation with the departmental head, doctoral seminars and a doctoral examination (the equivalent of two papers of four modules each) in accordance with the general regulations of the Faculty of Humanities (refer also to the relevant General Regulations).
For admission to a doctoral programme, applicants must have successfully completed a relevant master’s programme in the same 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.
The University reserves the right not to admit an applicant to a particular doctoral programme, in accordance with the programme-specific selection criteria and other relevant criteria or if the department lacks adequate supervision capacity. Compliance with minimum admission requirements does not constitute automatic right of admission to the programme. Applicants, who have applied for admission and have been refused, may request written reasons for such refusal from the relevant Head of Department or Executive Dean.