University of the Witwatersrand

Program Description


University of the Witwatersrand


Join top candidates from across the continent, participate in rich cultural and social debates and realize the vastness of the knowledge domains you can master by developing your learning and research skills.

The WBS PhD programme is the largest in South Africa and one of the most highly regarded on the continent. We seek out and bring together top candidates from across Africa to address important topics in their PhD research that are relevant to the advancement of business and society on our continent. We have students from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia and of course South Africa, and the best faculty from across the continent so that our PhD is authentically African in perspective.

As a student of our PhD programme, you will gain real cultural and social insights from our commercial and political debates, you will sharpen your ability to articulate, grow in confidence and realize the vastness of the knowledge domains you can master by developing your learning and research skills. A PhD shows the world you are capable of putting in the disciplined effort, logical thought and leaps of insight needed to be a ground-breaking innovator. It tells employers that you work diligently to discover new truths, evaluate alternative approaches and forge ways forward based on solid evidence.


The School is particularly keen to enroll students in the following areas of study:

  • Strategy
  • Methodological Issues
  • Business & Society
  • Decision Sciences
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Organisational behavior & diversity management

Essential Websites to Visit:

  • General Information -
  • International Applicants -
  • SAQA evaluation of any Foreign Qualifications - (University requirement)
  • Financial Assistance - (apply directly with the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office)
  • Accommodation - (apply directly with the Central Accommodation Office)
  • Application Fee Payment Options -
  • University Rules and Regulations - Rules and Syllabuses 20

Entry Requirements

  • A good bachelor’s degree with Honours (1st or upper 2nd class)
  • A master's degree (1st or upper 2nd class)
  • An outline of your proposed research.
  • Availability of a suitable supervisor
  • A non-refundable application fee
  • Complete the online application form on the following link (parts 1&2)
  • Complete Part 3 form 2017 WBS PhD Application_Part 3 form
  • Complete the plagiarism policy appendix
  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • A 12-pager proposal
  • Certified academic transcripts/records
  • Certified academic certificates

Note: If the link above doesn't work, please copy and paste the URL into a browser.

Additional Entry Requirements

Document Downloads

  • 2017 WBS PhD Application_Part 3 form
  • plagiarism policy appendix
  • 2017 WBS PhD Guideline Document
  • Terms and Conditions For Online Post Graduate Funding Applications 2016
  • Checklist Explanation document

Disclaimer: Cancellation of programmes by WBS

  • WBS is entitled to cancel or change the date of delivery of a programme without notice and for any reason without incurring any liability to individuals who have applied or are enrolled on the programme or any funders of such individuals (“participants” or “funders of participants”).
  • Without derogating from the aforesaid, and insofar as it possible, WBS will provide the participants or funders of the participants with 30 (thirty days) days written a notice of any cancellation or changes in the dates of delivery of the programme.
  • Insofar as the programme is canceled or rescheduled prior to delivery of the programme then in that event the participants and funders of the participants will not be charged the full programme fees.



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Last updated February 14, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Feb. 2019
Part time
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South Africa - Johannesburg
Start date: Feb. 2019
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South Africa - Johannesburg
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Price Fee is subject to review in January 2018