Doctorate Degrees in South Africa

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PhD

A PhD, also known as a Doctor of Philosophy degree, is a doctorate awarded by a university to the academic who has met all necessary qualifications and can now be considered a doctor in his or her academic field.

One of the Post Graduate academic degrees that are awarded by the Universities is the Doctor of Philosophy; abbreviated as PhD. Depending on the time periods for entry-level degrees and other factors, PhD programs vary from one country to another as well as from institution to the other. With the attainment of the degree, you earn the academic title of a Doctor. The courses are available to all students who meet minimum requirements worldwide.

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Self-Paced PhD in International Business Management

ISM - International School of Management
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 South Africa Cape Town + 1 more

The ISM PhD in International Business Management prepares experienced and highly motivated business professionals to embark on careers of engaged instruction and original research in academia [+]

Self-Paced PhD in International Business Management

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is designed for two types of candidates: experienced business executives who would like “to give something back” and assist in the development of future business leaders by becoming effective educators; and innovative teachers and/or researchers determined to make an impact by contributing to the body knowledge in their chosen disciplines. PhD candidates learn to make a difference through writing, speaking, teaching, researching, consulting, and undertaking entrepreneurial ventures.

The program emphasizes an understanding of management as it is practiced and interpreted across organizations, sectors, and cultures. Each candidate develops the research and teaching skills to generate and encourage new perspectives on management practice. It is designed to emphasize curricular leadership and to focus on applied and theoretical research that improves instruction and educational outcomes.... [-]


PhD

The Da Vinci Institute
Campus Full time 6 years February 2017 South Africa Lethabong

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) qualification in the Management of Technology and Innovation provides a highly individualised learning environment within which students actually solve a meaningful business problem of substance to their organisation. [+]

(MOTI): NQF LEVEL 8+ (NEW HEQSF: NQF LEVEL 10) The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) qualification in the Management of Technology and Innovation provides a highly individualised learning environment within which students actually solve a meaningful business problem of substance to their organisation. The PhD programme is aimed at senior managers and executives and candidates are required to demonstrate their ability to develop new concepts that will significantly improve their operations. PhD applicants: It is compulsory for all students applying for enrolment for PhD study, to note that their final thesis for assessment will only be received with a publish-ready article attached. DEMAND The Learning Programme is specifically designed to enable members of an organisation to realise their true potential by: - Challenging them to initiate innovative solutions for business improvement and socio-economic transformation - Acquiring the competence to design a system and to develop technology and innovation related activities to meet transformational targets - Providing personal development opportunities for them to contribute significantly to the development of wealth within the South African economy. PURPOSE Students who achieve this Qualification will be able to: - initiate innovation and change at a national and international level - integrate systemic principles into alternative designs and developments - incorporate management of technology, management of innovation and management of people frameworks into new product/process designs and developments - make a contribution towards community development initiatives. ADMISSION CRITERIA Previous Academic Qualifications a. Masters Degree Or other relevant NQF 8 (New HEQSF: NQF Level 9) qualification Appropriate Work Experience (years): 10 Employer Support: General, but detailed assessment by Da Vinci b. Not equivalent to a Masters Degree Appropriate Work Experience (years): 15 Employer Support: Detailed assessment by Da Vinci Conditions: Prospective candidates can be provisionally approved on the following conditions: In the event that a candidate does not comply with the requirements for registration in the PhD programme, but does demonstrate relevant professional experience, consideration can be given to register such candidates in the PhD Programme at Da Vinci on the following conditions: - Demonstrate an understanding at NQF Level 8 (new HEQSF: NQF Level 9) (appropriate level descriptors will be used to guide the process). - Evidence of relevant publications, presentations or relevant working experience that could be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning at NQF Level 8+ (new HEQSF: NQF Level 9) - Registration for the four Research Workshops - Acceptance of a Research Proposal - On successful completion of the above, the provisional approval will be converted to full approval. In the event that a student is unsuccessful in completing the above, the student will be deregistered for the relevant qualification. [-]

PhD in Education

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5  February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The PhD in Education is offered by the Wits School of Education, as a research degree. This highly innovative programme is designed to catapult you to academic leadership in your chosen area of study. [+]

Doctors of Philosophy in South Africa 2017. The PhD in Education is offered by the Wits School of Education, as a research degree. This highly innovative programme is designed to catapult you to academic leadership in your chosen area of study. Though the Thesis is the only examinable component of this programme, we provide support to ensure the success of your thesis through the following activities designed to support students in their studies, give students opportunities to interact with each other, receive critical feedback on their work from fellow students and academics beyond their supervisor, and provide forums for intellectual and emotional support in the research journey: Research degrees weekends: The School runs four weekends dedicated to research degrees students. Each student is encouraged to present on their research at least once a year, throughout the duration of their study. The presentations provide you with the opportunity to discuss your research in progress, listen to ideas and views from peers and other faculty who are not normally conversant with your work. Seminars and workshops: These provide a vibrant research training programme to help you sharpen your research skills and to provide you with the necessary academic support. Student reading groups: Students are encouraged to participate in these voluntary reading support groups which are designed to help you make sense of the various philosophical and theoretical perspectives in social sciences research. Benefits of the programme A prestigious qualification from one of the world’s best institutions of higher learning The ability to engage in academic debates locally and globally The ability to influence policy and decision making at various levels of government and other national and international fora Leadership skills development Research and Communication skills development A range of possible career pathways Curriculum Outline/Modules taught There are no taught modules for this PhD programme. The degree is offered with specialisation in various key areas, including: Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment Educational leadership and policy studies Science and Mathematics Education Languages and Literacy Education Higher Education Disciplinary studies in Education Inclusive Education Deaf Education Educational Technology Education and the labour market Rural Education Closing dates We have a rolling admissions policy on all PhDs. However we encourage enrolment up to September each year. [-]

PhD in Fu​tures Studies​

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

USB's internationally accredited PhD in Futures Studies builds on the School's MPhil in Futures Studies and forms part of its Futures Studies cluster of programmes. It allows students to become specialists in this field by acquiring in-depth knowledge through doctoral research. This is the only PhD degree of its kind in Africa. [+]

USB's internationally accredited PhD in Futures Studies builds on the School's MPhil in Futures Studies and forms part of its Futures Studies cluster of programmes. It allows students to become specialists in this field by acquiring in-depth knowledge through doctoral research. This is the only PhD degree of its kind in Africa. Cre​ating new knowledge As a PhD student at USB you will be expected to pursue supervised research, culminating in a doctoral disser­tation. This dissertation must: Represent an original and significant contribution to the enrichment and advancement of knowledge in the chosen area Demonstrate originality of thought, a theoretical underpinning, relevance to the discipline and rigour in execution Create intellectual capital, which is the cornerstone of today's knowledge society. Who should e​​nrol? The programme is aimed at professional futurists, decision makers and strategic planners who would like to distinguish themselves through in-depth research aimed at helping people to bring about a more desirable future. It will prepare them for senior-level positions in government, public and private corporations, financial institutions, and sub-regional, regional and international organisations. It could also enable candidates to become lecturers at academic institutions. Registration A minimum registration period of two years is required. ​ Why d​o your PhD at USB? Enrolling for your PhD at USB holds various benefits: Acquire a globally acknowledged PhD: USB holds all three international accreditations for business schools – AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. USB is also a member of the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA) and the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative's Global Doctoral Alliance (GDA), which holds benefits and creates opportunities for USB's doctoral students. Engage in research that creates employable knowledge: USB's PhD programme seeks to develop research that is relevant to organisations in private or public sector. Make your research meaningful: As a signatory to the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative's Global Doctoral Alliance, USB is committed to incorporating the societal dimension of business and sustainability in its PhD research. The GRLI promotes responsible management education, asking PhD candidates: What kind of problem do you have in the work environment that can be changed to make the world a better place? Join a research community: At USB, various people are involved in your research – not only your supervisor. This leads to input and support from a diverse group of academics in a multidisciplinary environment. USB's Research Colloquia provides a platform to engage with other PhD candidates and their supervisors. It also gives you the opportunity to present your research as it develops to this select audience and to gain insight from them.​ How to apply Apply in 3 steps Complete the application form: Contact Prof André Roux at Andre.Roux@usb.ac.za for the PhD application form. Please note that this is an application for doctoral studies. It does NOT imply acceptance as a doctoral candidate or registrant. You will be able to complete the form in steps without losing information. The application process is the same for South African and foreign students. Pay your application fee: Bank: Standard Bank; Type of account: cheque account; Account name: US Business School; Account number: 073003069; Branch name: Stellenbosch; Branch code: 050610; Beneficiary name: Stellenbosch University; SWIFT code: SBZAZAJJ. Cheques made out to: Stellenbosch University. Proof of payment of your application fee can also be e-mailed to appollisa@sun.ac.za. Prepare and upload the following: Signed declaration form Proof of payment of application fee Acceptance form Initial research proposal Cover letter Certified copies of academic records Certified copies of degree certificates Motivational essay (short essay on your academic and/or professional achievements which have contributed most to your development and your educational goals, research interests and professional aims) Curriculum vitae (CV) Copy of ID (or passport for non-South African students) Marriage certificate (if married and female; to verify degree certificates)​ [-]

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. [+]

Doctors of Philosophy in South Africa 2017. 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.​ [-]

The Rhodes Business School Ph.D. Programme

Rhodes Business School
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years February 2017 South Africa Grahamstown + 1 more

According to the National Qualifications framework, the Doctorate Degree (General) provides training for an academic career and requires a candidate to undertake research that culminates in a thesis. Furthermore, the research that is produced should be of a publishable standard, thereby demonstrating an original contribution to the body of knowledge. [+]

Doctors of Philosophy in South Africa 2017. The Rhodes Business School Ph.D. Programme Background According to the National Qualifications framework, the Doctorate Degree (General) provides training for an academic career and requires a candidate to undertake research that culminates in a thesis. Furthermore, the research that is produced should be of a publishable standard, thereby demonstrating an original contribution to the body of knowledge. This implies that there is no assessed course-work component, although course work may be included to facilitate the completion of the degree. In keeping with its essence, the Business School offers a Ph.D. programme that seeks to contribute to the body of knowledge related to “Leadership for Sustainability”. Topics currently being researched include leadership development, responsible strategic decision making, servant leadership and service as a leadership competency. At Rhodes Business School we do not have a DBA programme. Eligibility The following criteria are used in selecting Ph.D. candidates: Qualification: Hold a Master’s level qualification [i.e. NQF level 9] in a relevant discipline [e.g. Commerce, Management, Leadership or Business Administration]. This would include course-work Master’s degrees such as an MBA degree. Academic performance: Achieved an aggregate mark above 65% for the Master’s degree. Research capability: Proven ability to conduct independent research. This would be reflected in good research performance and output during the Master’s programme. Evidence of publishing research findings would be a distinct advantage. Attendance: While the Ph.D. degree is usually offered on a part-time basis and not in attendance, candidates are expected to attend Ph.D. weeks twice a year in Grahamstown. Capacity and alignment: Matching supervisor and student research interests, along with supervision capacity. Access to data: Have access to a potential site for conducting field work. Self-Funding: Little funding is available for part-time Ph.D. study. Candidates would need to budget for the costs of their annual registration fees, research costs, conference attendance, and visits to Grahamstown to attend Ph.D. weeks and to meet with the supervisor. The Ph.D. programme Duration: At a minimum, a full-time Ph.D. candidate is registered academically for two years and a part-time candidate for three years. Usually, the degree takes longer than this minimum period to complete, and more realistically requires registration for five years to complete the degree that consists of 360 credits or 3 600 notional hours. This amounts to spending an average of almost 15 hours a week for 50 weeks of the year, over a five-year period. The PhD week: The Ph.D. candidate is required to demonstrate an ability to conduct independent research of a publishable standard. This can prove to be a tough and lonely journey. Consequently, the Business school requires candidates to attend compulsory Ph.D. weeks, twice a year [usually in March and August], as a means of offering support and building a network with other Ph.D. candidates. The main purpose of this week is for Ph.D. candidates to meet with their supervisor and fellow Ph.D. candidates and to receive further guidance on their research progress. There is time allocated for lectures on research methods sustainability and leadership; one-on-one supervision; independent study; and to visit the library. Candidates are also expected to make presentations in this week related to their own research progress. Individuals who may be eligible to register as Ph.D. candidates in the near future are also invited to attend this week and to deliver short presentations of their ideas. Publishing: An effective way to embark upon the Ph.D. journey is to publish intermittently, before handing the thesis in for examination. This provides smaller milestones along the way, and allows the candidate to receive peer feedback, which assists in appraising the potential contribution of the Ph.D. topic. The Business School does not only encourage this practice of publishing once a Ph.D. candidate is registered, but also encourages Ph.D. applicants to co-author conference and/or journal publications with a prospective supervisor prior to registration. This collaborative experience is invaluable in exposing applicants to the rigours of academic research, provides some insight into the demands of the Ph.D., and allows the applicant and supervisor to work together prior to formally committing to the demands of a Ph.D. How to apply Initial enquiry: Enquiries related to Ph.D. studies can be sent to bizschool@ru.ac.za. Please write “Ph.D. enquiry” in the subject heading of the email and attach a copy of your curriculum vitae. In the body of the email, please provide the following information: Name: Highest qualification and name of institution: Proposed topic: Academic performance: Aggregate mark achieved for the Master’s degree: Research capability: A description of your research performance and output. Access to data: Describe the potential site for conducting field work. Self-Funding: Confirm that you are able to fund your own studies. Location: Your proximity to Grahamstown and the likelihood of you being able to travel here for the Ph.D. week and supervision meetings Duration: The number of years within which you intend to complete the degree. Upon receiving your enquiry, the School will first consider if we are able to supervise the research and if you are eligible as a PhD candidate. The School reviews its capacity to take on extra supervision, and the alignment of the research topic with the research interests of the School. Thereafter the eligibility of the applicant is reviewed. A member of the Rhodes Business School faculty will then respond to your email, either advising you that (1) you are ineligible for the Ph.D. programme, (2) that we are unable to consider your application at this stage, or (3) putting you in touch with a prospective supervisor. Research Collaboration: In the case of the applicant being put in in touch with a prospective supervisor, the two parties will begin to explore the topic in more detail and to collaborate on a research paper for delivery at a conference, or for publication in a journal. The applicant will also be invited to attend and present at the next Ph.D. week. Formal Application: Once the prospective supervisor is satisfied that s/he is ready to take on the supervision of the applicant, a formal application to the university can be made. [-]