UNISA Doctor of Philosophy in Life Sciences (90012)
An MSc (or equivalent) in any of the Life Sciences fields. In the case of a course work Master’s Degree the applicant must submit a PDF version of the research project that formed part of such a degree. In addition to the above requirements, all applicants must submit a transcript or an academic record, an updated CV as well as a 5-page PDF concept document describing their intended research. Guidelines on how to compile the document, can be obtained from the department and the potential supervisor of the intended research. Students will be accepted on the following criteria: Suitability and viability of the intended research; Adequate supervisory capacity and research expertise in the department. An approved selection procedure which is in line with Unisa’s policies on equality and diversity in the discipline or department will be implemented. Students, who are awaiting Masters examination results, must still submit applications by the due date. Applications will be considered once results become available.
A doctoral degree will require you to undertake research at the most advanced academic levels culminating in the submission, assessment and acceptance of a thesis. Coursework may be required as preparation or value addition to the research, but does not contribute to the credit value of the qualification. The defining characteristic of this qualification is that you will be required to demonstrate high-level research capability and make a significant and original academic contribution at the frontiers of the discipline or field. This work must be of a quality to satisfy peer review and merit publication.
Research focus areas
Click here to view a list of departments and research focus areas for the College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences.
Unisa’s admission policy has changed and you are now required to submit a detailed research outline for each master’s and doctoral qualification for which you apply. No application submitted without a detailed research outline will be considered. Although this research outline may differ for each qualification or academic department, the basic information required is as follows:
- Summary of topic
- Short literature review
- Expected contribution of the study
- Methodology to be followed
- Availability of the data
- List of references
- Reasons why you are interested in the topic
Student fees and funding your studies
Pay the online application fee of R105,00 once you have received your Unisa student number. Please note that the application fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa or do not qualify for admission to Unisa.
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- You must apply for a Unisa student number if you have never before studied towards a formal qualification at Unisa. Student numbers issued for Unisa’s short learning programmes are not valid for formal qualifications. Your formal Unisa student number will be your permanent Unisa student number.
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- No application for admission to the next academic year will be processed without a valid student number.
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How to apply for a Unisa student number?
- Apply online for a student number for a formal qualification at Unisa.
- Pay the non-refundable application fee of R105,00 (some exceptions may apply). Your application for a student number will only be finalised upon receipt of the application fee. The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa or do not qualify for admission to your qualification of choice.
- Upload a copy of your ID / passport.
Who should apply for admission?
- Everyone wanting to start a new master’s or doctoral degree must apply for admission. This includes
- first-time Unisa applicants
- Unisa students changing to a new qualification
- applicants in their final year of a postgraduate diploma, honours degree or master’s degree who wish to continue with further postgraduate studies
- You must re-apply for admission if you previously applied for admission to a master’s or doctoral degree and received feedback, but did not register for any reason.
- You must re-apply for admission if you are a previously registered master’s or doctoral student, but did not register for the current academic year and now wish to continue with master’s or doctoral studies in the next academic year. This excludes students who applied for and were granted a formal deferment.
How to apply for admission
- You must apply for each new qualification even if you already have a Unisa student number.
- You must have a Unisa student number for a formal qualification before you can apply for admission.
- You must then apply online for admission and upload the required documents.
Application dates: September – November with the exceptions listed below
You may apply for the following qualifications outside the prescribed application dates:
|Applicants who wish to pursue a multi, inter or transdisciplinary doctoral degree should apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (90040)||Please contact the Master’s and Doctoral Administration Section for assistance (012 441 5702; firstname.lastname@example.org).|
|College of Science, Engineering and Technology (excluding Computing students)||Please contact the Master’s and Doctoral Administration Section for assistance (012 441 5702; email@example.com).|
|Decision Sciences||Please contact the Master’s and Doctoral Administration Section for assistance (012 441 5702; firstname.lastname@example.org).|
|Master of Science in Nature Conservation (full dissertation) (98022)|
|Selection degrees||Selection degrees have different closing dates for applications and are administered by the respective academic departments. Only a limited number of students are selected per academic year.|
Only students whose application for admission was approved and re-registering students (who made sufficient progress during the current academic year) will be allowed to register online within the approved registration period for the next academic year. No printed registration forms will be accepted.
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