​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Prospective postgraduate students


 

Below you will find the application procedures for honours as well as MSc and PhD students.


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​1. Honours application for students enrolled in the BSc programme in Earth Sciences: Applied Geology or Geo-environmental Science streams

Application:

If you wish to apply for the Applied Earth Science or Geo-Environmental Science Honours courses offered within the Department of Earth Sciences and you are a current  SU student, you have to 

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​apply on-line with the university by their deadline: ​​https://web-apps.sun.ac.za/HuidigAansNg/Apply.jsp?pLang=english ​


 

Please send the filled internal applicaton form to Dr Martina Frei​: mfrei@sun.ac.za

Departmental deadline: 1st of October 2019, i.e. you must send your filled Internal Application form to Martina Frei before 1 October 2018, independant of the university deadline!
Remember that you must always also apply on-line with the university https://web-apps.sun.ac.za/HuidigAansNg/Apply.jsp?pLang=english​
Admission process and timeline:

The Department of Earth Sciences only finalizes the evaluation of all applications in December. Successful applicants (i.e. students that were offered a place in our Honours courses) will be informed thereafter, typically by mid-December. Only successful students will be contacted. If you did not receive a positive response by the end of the y​ear, your application was unfortunately unsu​ccessfull. 

If you were successful you will receive further information about deadlines for acceptance, updated timetables and guidelines for registration via email. It is very important that you provide us with an email address that we can contact in December/January as you may miss the deadline for acceptance otherwise. We will contact you via email only. We will not make use of any other form of correspondance. It is therefore very important that you check your email account regularly in December/January or provide us with an alternative email of a person of your trust who does check regularly. 

If you were successful you will also receive further information about the begin of the Honours course.  We expect all successful candidates to have registered with the university before the first day of class. The first day of class of the Honours programmes within the Department of Earth Sciences is typically the third Monday of the year, e.g. Monday 22nd of January 2018. This date varies from year to year though. Successful candidates will receive further information once they accepted the place.  

Please find further information in the Honours Handbook 2019​.

It's time to start thinking about your Honours Research Project too! Find more information on possible research topics offered by members of the department in the "potential projects" list​. 

Be proactive with regard to bursaries e.g. check out our website, but search also for other opportunities.


 

2. Honours application for external student​s

If you are an external  student interested in applying for Honours with the Department of Earth Sciences, you have to apply via the university first. Faculty will forward a list of external applicants and we may contact some candidates to request additional information regarding their academic record. 

Admission information for external students: http://www0.sun.ac.za/pgstudies/application-to-su-1.html

Be proactive with regard to bursaries e.g. check out our website, but search also for other opportunities.

 


3. MSc and PhD​ application

Interested in the Department's research? All our higher degrees (MSc and PhD) are by research only, which means that you will work on a specific research topic and finalize this with a thesis and an oral defence.

Do not apply 'blindly' online with the university for an MSc or PhD in Earth Sciences!

Students interested in doing a research project at Stellenbosch Earth Sciences are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the research fields offered by the Department and respective academic members of staff. Search the list of academic staff and their research interests

If there is a staff member whose research interests seem interesting to you, please contact that staff member directly to discuss if they would accept you as a research student under their supervision. When you contact an academic staff member in our department, always state your academic background (e.g. field of BSc/Hons studies), your research interests and why you decided to apply for MSc or PhD at the Earth Sciences Department in Stellenbosch. You may also provide your academic record and a brief CV. 

If there is mutual interest, the next step is for the student and supervisor to jointly work on producing a research project proposal for submission to the Earth Sciences Departmental Research Student Committee (ES RSC) for consideration. Your research proposal must be approved by the ES RSC prior to registration with the university. (If you are an international student please see below.)

For this Departmental application to the Research Student Committee (RSC) the proposal must include the following information:

  • departmental application form​​​ (word file - please use SU login if you are a current student. If you are an external student and can not access the form please contact your supervisor or M. Frei, mfrei@sun.ac.za)

  • a short CV of the student (maximum one A4 page)
  • a description of the study area or field of research
  • a projected timeframe for completion of the project
  • details of the logistics of the research project
  • details of the budget and financing required to complete the research project
  • ask the supervisor to add the form 'recommendation for admittance' which can be downloaded by them from the Science Faculty site or requested from the postgraduate administrator (Martina Frei).

Only after the Department approves the proposal and work schedule it can recommend the student for registration with the Science Faculty. The student may then register for the chosen degree with the Faculty of Science.

​Note that, if you are an international student applying from another country, your initial application (after discussions with the potential supervisor, but prior to departmental approval) must go through the university's Postgraduate and International Office. The International Office​ will determine your eligibility to apply at different degree levels. Please see the following URL for details:


 

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Please read the handbook​ which contains all  re​levant information for Earth Sciences M.Sc. and Ph.D students:

For general enquiries contact earthsciences@sun.ac.za.

  

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For more information around the campus, admission requirements, residences etc. prospective postgraduate students are referred to SUN's Postgraduate Office: http://www0.sun.ac.za/pgstudies/​.

Direct enquiries about postgraduate funding: Enquiries desk: Postgraduate Student Funding

General SU admissions information:http://www0.sun.ac.za/pgstudies/application-to-su-1.html


 

If you still have time, visit us during the Open Day held in February every year. Find info here: SU Maties - Events