PhD Program in Economics and Administration in Cape Town in South Africa

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Economics and Administration

A Doctor of Philosophy degree, short Ph.D is an advanced academic degree earned in various fields, signifying major interests and accomplishments in research.

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PhD in Development Finance

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)
Campus 2 years February 2017 South Africa Cape Town

The purpose of USB's internationally accredited PhD in Development Finance is to contribute to a crucial understanding of development finance and to support the growth agendas of South Africa, the greater African continent and beyond. It also leads to employable expertise. [+]

Doctorate Studies in Economics and Administration in Cape Town in South Africa. Programme fully subscribed. Applications for this programme are now closed.​ The purpose of USB's internationally accredited PhD in Development Finance is to contribute to a crucial understanding of development finance and to support the growth agendas of South Africa, the greater African continent and beyond. It also leads to employable expertise. What can you do with this PhD? You will be able to fill senior-level positions aimed at supporting the growth agendas organisations, regions, countries and even continents. Expertise in development finance is typically required by policy-making institutions, governments, public and private corporations, financial institutions and regional and international organisations. Programme overview Formal research on PhD level will contribute significantly to a crucial understanding of all aspects of development finance. It also leads to employable expertise. This PhD is intended to develop research and discipline-based knowledge and skills in the field of Development Finance. The programme has been designed to help students develop the skills required to carry out advanced research and to equip them with a sound understanding of the principles and theories underpinning development finance practices. Hence, the programme consists of: A discipline-based core curriculum: This structured course-work component is non-credit bearing but candidates are required to pass the requisite courses and submit a comprehensive proposal before proceeding with the dissertation. Participants need to do three core courses at PhD level. Students who are not graduates of the USB's MPhil in Development Finance (MDevF) programme may be required to do three electives from the MDevF based on their areas of interest. An independent research thesis: As a PhD student you will be expected to pursue supervised research, culminating in a doctoral dissertation which constitutes the examinable product for which the PhD degree is eventually awarded. This dissertation must: Represent an original and significant contribution to the enrichment and advancement of knowledge on Development Finance Demonstrate originality of thought, a theoretical underpinning, relevance to the discipline and rigour in execution Create intellectual capital, which is the cornerstone of the knowledge society of the 21st century. Programme format First year – 2 blocks of 2 weeks each on campus: In view of the intensive nature of the programme, the USB prefers participants to be fully resident for the first year of the programme to enable them cope with the rigours of the course work. The lectures are organised in two blocks of two weeks each and they will take place between March and June every year. Each course is covered in a block and consists of highly interactive lectures, seminars and case discussions. A student who fails to complete the course work and the research proposal after the first year may be asked to withdraw from the programme. Second and subsequent years: Full registration to work on your PhD thesis. A promoter or study leader will be appointed once your comprehensive research proposal has been accepted. Once completed, your submitted dissertation will go through an approval process in which external examiners are involved. Upon completion of the PhD the registrant will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Development Finance by Stellenbosch University. Structured course work During their first year, students need to do the following three compulsory courses at PhD level: Advanced Research Techniques, Advanced Theory and Practice of Development Finance and Global Development Finance. Advanced Research Techniques This course is designed to help students develop the skills to carry out advanced research in the field of Development Finance and related fields. A major concern among policy makers and donor agencies is how to monitor the performance and evaluate the impact of development finance intervention programmes. Hence, this course covers the skills required to gather and analyse data in order to effectively monitor and evaluate development finance programmes. This course also introduces students to the various research designs and methods suitable for both qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analyses. The course is organised into four parts: Part 1: Students are exposed to the philosophies of research, addressing questions such as: What kinds of research are there? How does one evaluate the quality of a piece of research? What is the process a researcher goes through? In essence, this part stresses the philosophy and research paradigms. Part 2: Students are exposed to data gathering techniques such as primary and secondary data as well as qualitative and quantitative data. This part stresses how to improve the quality of data gathered and how to assess its worth. Part 3: Students are exposed to advanced techniques of data analysis with emphasis on quantitative analytical techniques, specifically focusing on applied statistical and advanced econometrics techniques. Part 4: Students are drilled in advanced academic writing. This part develops students' ability to present arguments in a logical, concise and critical manner. It also stresses the quality of presentation in academic writing. Advanced Theory and Practice of Development Finance This course is specially designed to deepen students' knowledge of the theories, principles and empirics of development finance practices that prevail among national development finance programmes. This will enable students to apply the relevant principles in the context of a developing economy. To lay the foundation for the analysis and evaluation of development finance cases, programmes and policies, the course presents, within the context of development finance, the micro foundation theory of market failure, choice under uncertainty, exchange under uncertainty, asymmetric information, incomplete markets and transaction costs. The course demonstrates how such theories influence the design of common development finance practices. A range of development finance practices – such as microfinance schemes, loan guarantee schemes, direct loan schemes and project finance schemes – are also included. Upon completion of the course, students should be adequately equipped to: Carry out at an advanced level the evaluation and design of common development finance practices globally Creatively advance the frontier of practices of development finance within the context of Africa and developing countries in general. Global Development Finance Development finance is not limited to national initiatives. Globally, there is increasing realisation of the need to attract foreign capital for national development. Foreign capital flows could take the form of foreign direct investment (FDI), foreign equity capital, foreign debt, foreign aid or official development assistance and increasingly remittances. The role of such capital flows and how best to attract and utilise them, especially in developing countries, remain a crucial policy debate. Moreover, the operations of multilateral and international financial institutions and their protocols are complex. Also, the debate around regional financial integration and the consequent policy advocacy as a mechanism of developing the domestic financial markets and expanding access to foreign capital as a way to develop the domestic economies have reached an unprecedented scale in the last decade. This course therefore focuses on these and other issues. The course also demonstrates the nexus between developments in the global financial arena and domestic financial markets. It explores how global financial markets can bridge the gap between domestic resource mobilisation and financing needs in Africa. The course also stresses the roles of external finance for development and the mechanisms for attracting them, and the dynamics of multilateral institutional arrangements. Upon completion of the course, students will be well equipped to contribute meaningfully to the analysis and understanding of the issues in Africa and play a leading role in charting a course for Africa. Registration A minimum period of registration of three years is required. During the first year, students are granted provisional registration for the PhD. Full registration for the PhD will only be allowed after the successful completion of the course work and finalisation of the research proposal. [-]

PhD in Business Management and Administration

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)
Campus February 2017 South Africa Cape Town

USB's internationally acknowledged PhD in Business Management and Administration focuses on developing employable expertise through in-depth research. [+]

USB's internationally acknowledged PhD in Business Management and Administration focuses on developing employable expertise through in-depth research. A combination of scientific rigor and managerial relevance The executive PhD may be described as a practice-based programme since knowledge is advanced partly by means of the professional application of the discipline. It combines scientific rigor and managerial relevance, and consequently PhD students must be able to demonstrate that they have a theoretical as well as a practical appreciation and understanding of their research area. "It's about developing employable knowledge" To develop employable knowledge underpinned by theory and practice, PhD students need to: Conduct action research on challenging, real-world problems, and Develop personal and transferable skills which can be used in a range of applied situations. The aim is to link the two areas of theory and practice in such a way that this results in "hybrid vigour". Research that is relevant for SA organisations The USB also emphasises the creation of knowledge that is particularly relevant to South African organisations, be they in the private or public sector, and from there to beyond our borders. This forms part of our social responsibility to strengthen our country to the benefit of all those involved. The research process Start with an initial research proposal Write a comprehensive initial research proposal in scientific language. This will assist the USB to evaluate at an early stage that: The topic is viable We can provide appropriate supervision and resources You have thought through your interest in and commitment to the programme You are suitable for admission. Candidates need to do the following for an initial research proposal: Provide a preliminary title Provide an overview of the subject area State the research problem and aim State why your topic merits research Provide a literature review Provide a research protocol Include a list of sources Adhere to technical specifications Assessment of your application Your application package, which includes your initial research proposal, will be reviewed and evaluated by USB’s Doctoral Research Committee and your provisional promoter. This may take up to six weeks. Submitting your comprehensive research proposal Once your initial research proposal has been approved, you need to prepare a comprehensive research proposal. Your provisional promoter will guide you in the preparation of your proposal, which must be presented to the Admissions Panel. This presentation constitutes an interview to convince the panel that the candidate will be an asset to the Research Programme. You also need to submit a research protocol which serves as your road map for the completion of your PhD degree. You may register to start your residency for your PhD once your comprehensive research proposal has been accepted. The actual research process and its deliverables What the registrant must demonstrate The ability to undertake independent academic research The ability to work independently The ability to liaise with the promoter at times mutually agreed to Deliverables for all registrants Attending the Doctoral Research Training Programme (DRTP) A peer-review presentation at a Doctoral Colloquium Two publishable articles The reading of a paper at a subject-related conference Attendance of the Research Colloquium Programme Two Progress Reports per year Final dissertation Additional deliverables for scholarship registrants Contractually agreed upon tasks, which includes approximately 100 hours of teaching and research assistance Attending the Research Colloquium Programme. Submitting four Progress Reports per year. Approving your dissertation Your final dissertation will be evaluated by three independent examiners. This will be followed by a public oral defence of the dissertation – the viva voce – before your dissertation is finally approved. Receiving your PhD Upon completion of the PhD, the registrant will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Management and Administration by the University of Stellenbosch. The promoter completes the graduation ceremony information form.​ [-]