Rhodes University ( RU) Postgraduate Doctoral Degrees
Faculty Rules and Regulations
Please refer to the Rhodes Universiy Calender with the respective year of study for the Rules and Regulations pertaining to academic programmes offered in your Faculty. Please also refer to the Higher Degrees Guide
DOCTORAL APPLICATION FORMS
Prospective applicants for Doctoral degrees should familiarize themselves with the relevant Departmental and Faculty Rules and Regulationsbefore contacting the university. You are generally encouraged to establish contact with the relevant department, to ascertain supervision capacity in their particular area, before submitting a formal application. Prior support from a prospective supervisor and the relevant Head of Department is essential for higher degree applications in the Faculties of Science and Pharmacy
ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER FORMS
NB: THESE FORMS ARE ONLY FOR THE USE OF APPLICANTS WHO HAVE BEEN OFFERED A PLACE ON ONE OF OUR PROGRAMMES. FIRST SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FORM AND ONLY USE THIS FORM TO ACCEPT AN OFFER ONCE AN OFFER HAS BEEN MADE.
FORMS FOR DOCTORAL CANDIDATES
Besides the normal monitoring of progress on research projects by supervisors and Heads of Department, the university has a formal Policy on Supervision of Master’s and PhD theses which requires students and supervisors to complete an annual progress report as outlined in the staff section. These reports are collated by the Deans and a summary presented to the Vice-Chancellor.
Students wishing to upgrade from a Master’s to PhD are required to present a comprehensive report on progress including evidence of research outputs together with a full motivation for consideration by the Faculty Higher Degrees or Upgrade Committee which makes a recommendation to Senate.
WHEN SUBMITTING A THESIS FOR EXAMINATION
THE INTENTION TO SUBMIT FORM SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TWO MONTHS BEFORE YOU INTEND TO SUBMIT YOUR THESIS FOR EXAMINATION.
THE ELECTRONIC ACCESS FORM SHOULD ACCOMPANY THE LOOSE-LEAF COPIES OF YOUR THESIS AFTER THE EXAMINATION PROCESS HAS BEEN COMPLETED.
FOR USE BY DEPARTMENTS
Postgraduate Funding Opportunities
Rhodes University has set up several scholarship programmes in order to attract excellent students and researchers to further their studies at postgraduate level. The Andrew Mellon Foundation Scholarships, Allan Gray Senior Scholarships, Henderson Scholarships and the Rhodes University Postgraduate Scholarships are the cornerstone of this programme. The Andrew Mellon Foundation Scholarship is also linked to a staff development programme and staff transformation at the university.
Approximately 40 new awards are made annually covering all disciplines at Honours (R40 000 pa), Masters (R50 000 pa) and Doctoral level (R70 000 pa), in addition to renewals. Approximately R4 million is awarded to such students each year. Scholarship holders are encouraged to be involved within the department’s activities, and are required to teach to a maximum of 6 hours a week within the department, gaining exposure and experience in the academic teaching environment.
Smaller bursaries are on offer and are based on a merit and/or financial need basis. Students can also apply for a study loan or Rhodes University Council loan. These loans are available to those students who essentially are registering full-time and would normally not be able to study if it were not for the assistance of these loans to assist with their tuition costs. In the poorer family situations, an attempt is made to cover the tuition costs fully via the RU Council Loan programme. Sureties are required for the loans.
Further funding for postgraduate study is made available through through External organisations such as: NRF, WRC, MRC and other funding bodies by way of individual bursaries or project linked bursaries.
Providing supportive and enabling supervision is something Rhodes University takes very seriously indeed. You can find out more about this by looking through the Higher Degrees Guide and discussing it with your supervisor Higher Degrees Guide
Rules and regulations pertaining to your specific qualification and department can be found on the Rhodes University Calendar