The doctoral study requires a candidate to undertake research at an advanced academic level culminating in the production, defense, and acceptance of a thesis. The defining characteristic of the qualification is that the candidate is required to demonstrate high-level research capability and make a significant and original academic contribution to the field of Education.
Doctor of Education: DEd (Educational Psychology)
- Prospective candidates will have obtained a MEd (Educational Psychology).
- Academic performance: students need to have attained a minimum of 65% in their previous degree. If 65% was not attained, prior learning and experience in the field may be taken into consideration and students could be allowed to register based on a pre-registration research proposal which is accepted by the Department of Educational Psychology.
Additional selection criteria: Applicants’ ability to communicate both in oral and written format may be assessed in a screening procedure. Proficiency in a word processing package and internet use is strongly recommended.
Doctor of Philosophy: PhD (Education)
- Prospective candidates will have obtained a MEd
- Prospective candidates will have obtained a teacher’s diploma/teaching qualification, plus an appropriate master’s degree as well as work experience in the field of study. The Education knowledge of such candidates will be assessed by the Head of Department and prospective supervisor and a reading programme may be prescribed prior to allowing registration.
Additional selection criteria: Academic performance: students need to have attained a minimum of 65% in their previous degree. If 65% was not attained, prior learning and experience in the field may be taken into consideration and students could be allowed to register based on a pre-registration research proposal which is accepted by the Department in which the student will be registering.
A thesis is required on an approved topic in the field of Education. Students must attend a short learning programme in research methodology.
Topics related to the following broad areas may be investigated:
- Adult Education
- Curriculum Studies
- Inclusive Education
- Educational and Learning Support
- Educational Linguistics
- Educational Management
- ICT in Education
- Higher Education
- Learning Area Methodology
- Life and Career Orientation
- Mathematics Education
- Philosophy of Education
- Psychology of Education
- Sociology of Education
- Science Education
- Teacher Education
- Technology Education
- Values and Human Rights Education
- Foundation Phase Education
The Faculty of Education is currently developing new programmes aligned with the policy ‘Minimum Requirement for Teacher Education Qualifications”. We will keep you informed once the programmes are approved.
Faculty contact details
For application and more information about the Faculty of Education
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus Tel 011 553 3251
Soweto Campus Tel. 011 559 5562
Registration and Start Dates
Registration starts in January and lectures in February for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work programmes.
All research programmes for Masters and PhD can register throughout the year.
End Date: Academic starts in January and ends in December. Programme deadline is determined by the duration of the programme.