Doctorate Degrees in South Africa

Find 77 Top PhDs in South Africa 2018/2019

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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.

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Wits Business School
Campus Full time Part time February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

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. [+]

Programme Overview

The WBS Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. is authentically African in perspective. As a student of our Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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.... [-]


PhD in Education

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5  February 2019 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. [+]

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 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 another 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... [-]

Doctor of Commerce in Economics

University of Fort Hare
Campus Full time February 2019 South Africa Alice

The Ph.D. degree in Economics degree programme enables candidates to choose a research topic from any field of specialization in Economics, such as general economics, transport economics, and financial markets. [+]

The Ph.D. degree in Economics degree programme enables candidates to choose a research topic from any field of specialization in Economics, such as general economics, transport economics, and financial markets.

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The Rhodes Business School Ph.D. Programme

Rhodes Business School
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years February 2019 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. [+]

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 coursework 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.... [-]


Doctor of Management in Technology and Innovation

The Da Vinci Institute
Campus 6 years February 2019 South Africa Edenvale

The Doctor of Management qualification in the Management of Technology and Innovation provides a highly individualized learning environment within which students actually solve a meaningful business problem of substance to their organization. The Doctor of Management programme is aimed at senior managers and executives. Candidates are required to demonstrate their ability to develop new concepts and application that will significantly improve their operations. [+]

DEMAND

The qualification is specifically designed to enable members of an organization to realize 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 LEVEL DESCRIPTORS ... [-]

Doctor of Management in Technology and Innovation (Online)

The Da Vinci Institute
Online Part time February 2019 South Africa Edenvale

The Doctor of Management qualification in the Management of Technology and Innovation provides a highly individualized learning environment within which students actually solve a meaningful business problem of substance to their organization. The Doctor of Management program is aimed at senior managers and executives. Candidates are required to demonstrate their ability to develop new concepts and application that will significantly improve their operations. [+]

DEMAND

The qualification is specifically designed to enable members of an organization to realize 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 LEVEL DESCRIPTORS ... [-]

PhD in Industrial Sociology

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

DLitt et Phil Industrial Sociology is an advanced level of study in which a candidate has to conduct independent research and produce a thesis that demonstrates a contribution to knowledge in the field. The degree is assessed on the basis of the thesis only and the candidate has to satisfy the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of Humanities that the thesis is his or her own unaided work. Upon submission of the final thesis, he or she has to give an undertaking that it has not been submitted to any other institution for examination and the granting of a qualification. [+]

DLitt et Phil Industrial Sociology is an advanced level of study in which a candidate has to conduct independent research and produce a thesis that demonstrates a contribution to knowledge in the field. The degree is assessed on the basis of the thesis only and the candidate has to satisfy the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of Humanities that the thesis is his or her own unaided work. Upon submission of the final thesis, he or she has to give an undertaking that it has not been submitted to any other institution for examination and the granting of a qualification.

Admission requirements

Access will be considered for a candidate who is in possession of a university-based Master’s qualification in Industrial Sociology/Sociology on NQF Level 8. If a student does not comply with the requirements mentioned above, admission may be granted by the Dean of the Faculty, at the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department.... [-]


PhD in Marketing Management

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The student should develop applied and highly specialized competencies and practical skills in the acquisition, interpretation, comprehension, and application of marketing management principles. Through the Doctoral thesis, in which the qualification culminates, a qualifying student would show evidence of independent and original scientific work. [+]

The student should develop applied and highly specialized competencies and practical skills in the acquisition, interpretation, comprehension, and application of marketing management principles. Through the Doctoral thesis, in which the qualification culminates, a qualifying student would show evidence of independent and original scientific work. The thesis would constitute a decided contribution to a knowledge of the subject discipline as well as the field of research. Qualifying students would also display competence in the application of related research methodology, and the proper written and/or oral communication of the research process and findings. The student should be able to reflect on his/her research decisions and applications, to assess the effect thereof in the holistic context of marketing management.... [-]


PhD/DCom in Accounting

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 - 4 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The candidate should develop applied specialized competencies in the mastering, interpretation, understanding, analysis, and application of accounting principles in the financial accounting field. A qualifying candidate should show evidence of original and independent scientific work. [+]

The candidate should develop applied specialized competencies in the mastering, interpretation, understanding, analysis, and application of accounting principles in the financial accounting field. A qualifying candidate should show evidence of original and independent scientific work.

Admission requirements: A candidate who is in possession of a university-based accounting orientated master’s qualification on New NQF level 9/Old NQF level 8 may apply for admission to this qualification. Alternatively any other related qualification with a programme-specific minimum level of competency on New NQF level 9 / Old NQF level 8, and related experience which is considered relevant and sufficient by the Department of Accountancy. Finalisation of registration for the programme (and/or continued registration) is subject to applicants complying with departmental-specific requirements. Such requirements usually include preparatory work leading up to a research proposal that is approved by the department. Possible examples of preparatory work are pre-reading, literature reviews, concept development, and successful completion of short courses aimed at skills and/or knowledge development. Candidates may also be required to successfully defend their research proposals at special discussion sessions.... [-]


PhD in Corporate Communication

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The doctorate in Corporate Communication is designed to develop highly specialized and in-depth theoretical, professional and research skills within the disciplines of Corporate Communication and Communication. The qualification is designed to facilitate professional role enactment in highly specialized and unpredictable communication contexts and to acquire the ability to respond to abstract problems that expand and redefine existing corporate communication knowledge. [+]

The doctorate in Corporate Communication is designed to develop highly specialized and in-depth theoretical, professional and research skills within the disciplines of Corporate Communication and Communication. The qualification is designed to facilitate professional role enactment in highly specialized and unpredictable communication contexts and to acquire the ability to respond to abstract problems that expand and redefine existing corporate communication knowledge.

It also facilitates a comprehensive command of advanced communication research methodology, which should result in a significant and original contribution to the discipline of corporate communication as well as the ability to engage in critical dialogue.... [-]


PhD in Environmental Management

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Environmental Management is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of specialization. [+]

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Environmental Management is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of specialization. A Ph.D. in Environmental Management is a pure science-based research study that requires candidates to demonstrate high-level research capability and make a significant and original academic contribution at the frontiers of the discipline of specialization.

The PhD in Environmental Management demands a very high level of intellectual, theoretical and practical specialized science knowledge and insight into problems related to the field of study and of the application of advanced experimental methods and techniques of the modern research, as well as of fundamental scientific and academic values in generating, processing, interpreting and presenting research data orally and in written form.... [-]


PhD in Geology

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Geology is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of geology. [+]

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Geology is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of geology. A Ph.D. in Geology is a pure science-based research study that requires candidates to demonstrate high-level research capability and make a significant and original academic contribution at the frontiers of the discipline of specialization.

The PhD in Geology demands a very high level of intellectual, theoretical and practical specialized science knowledge and insight into problems related to the field of study and of the application of advanced experimental methods and techniques of the modern research, as well as of fundamental scientific and academic values in generating, processing, interpreting and presenting research data orally and in written form.... [-]


PhD in Journalism

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The Doctoral study programme comprises a thesis that makes an original contribution to the field of Journalism on a topic selected in consultation with the Departmental Chairperson. A maximum of four advanced seminars on relevant aspects of the topic of study and an oral examination (the equivalent of two papers each consisting of four modules) as prescribed in the General Regulation book are required. A research article that is suitable for publication in an academic journal is also required. [+]

The Doctoral study programme comprises a thesis that makes an original contribution to the field of Journalism on a topic selected in consultation with the Departmental Chairperson. A maximum of four advanced seminars on relevant aspects of the topic of study and an oral examination (the equivalent of two papers each consisting of four modules) as prescribed in the General Regulation book are required. A research article that is suitable for publication in an academic journal is also required.

Admission requirements

A Master’s Degree in Communication is required, with a minimum average of 65%. The general regulation with regard to the duration of the master’s programme is also applicable in this instance. The closing date for applications for this Degree is 31 October of the preceding year for the first semester and 30 April of the same year for the second semester.... [-]


PhD/DCom in Taxation

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 - 4 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The candidate should develop applied specialized competencies in the mastering, interpretation, understanding, analysis, and application of taxation principles in the financial and commercial sector. A qualifying candidate should show evidence of original and independent scientific work. [+]

The candidate should develop applied specialized competencies in the mastering, interpretation, understanding, analysis, and application of taxation principles in the financial and commercial sector. A qualifying candidate should show evidence of original and independent scientific work.

Admission requirements: A candidate who is in possession of a university-based taxation orientated master’s qualification on New NQF level 9/Old NQF level 8 may apply for admission to this qualification. Alternatively any other related qualification with a programme- specific minimum level of competency on New NQF level 9 / Old NQF level 8, and related experience which is considered relevant and sufficient by the Department of Accountancy.... [-]


PhD in English

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

Students accepted for this course are required to research, write and present a full thesis (approximately 220 pages), which contributes new knowledge to the field of English Studies. Specialist supervision is available in the following areas of study: South/African Literary Studies and Post Colonialism; Text Editing; Medieval, Renaissance and Romantic Studies; and Contemporary Fiction [+]

Students accepted for this course are required to research, write and present a full thesis (approximately 220 pages), which contributes new knowledge to the field of English Studies. Specialist supervision is available in the following areas of study: South/African Literary Studies and Post Colonialism; Text Editing; Medieval, Renaissance and Romantic Studies; and Contemporary Fiction

Admission requirements

A Master’s Degree in English is required. Admission to the Doctoral Degree must be approved by the Chairperson of the Department.

Contact details

Name: Prof Karen Scherzinger Tel: 011 559 2493 / Email: kscherzinger@uj.ac.za

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