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Postgraduate Studies​​​

      additional documents required
      upon application


Please familiarise yourself with the Stellenbosch University Admissions Policy and our Terms and Conditions for new applications.


All applicants must submit an official university application form via the University's electronic application system.  ​​

​Your application will be considered as soon as we receive all your supporting application documents. If we do not receive all your documents by the closing date, your application will unfortunately not be considered. Your application documents as well as proof of payment (where applicable) must be uploaded online before the programmes' closing date. ​


​​This document is required if you have been admitted to a programme and would like to accept the conditional offer.

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(Students with special needs)​​

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  • Many departments across the ten faculties may  require additional information from you that is not covered by the official university application form. These documents must accompany your application.​
  • PLEASE ​NOTE​: ​Students applying for programmes within the Faculty of Mili​tary Science and Stellenbosch Business School must consult these environments directly

  • ​​For more information about additional documentation required upon application, view the specific postgraduate programme listing within the faculties below. 




​​Confirmation of employment and worksite access

​Letter from the applicant's employer confirming employment status and access to a worksite for the practical component of the programme.

​Comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV)

​A document that outlines your educational level, employment history, description of work experience, especially that is relevant to your application to study and contact details of three referees.

​Confirmation of ​​Prospective Supervisor

​Applicants must make contact with a prospective academic supervisor who is active in their field of research interest. Please provide details of a prospective supervisor and evidence, in a form of an email, of contact with this supervisor.

Upload the email evidence (in a .msg format or as a pdf) as part of your formal application to the University.

​Departmental form

​This document is specific to the programme(s) for which the applicant is applying and requests additional information and/or provides additional guidance to the applicant.

Once you have clicked on one of the faculty blocks below,  departmental forms applicable to specific programmes will be illustrated by a hyperlinked Y in the document. The hyperlink signifies that the document is downloadable.

​Evidence of academic work
​A sample of your best written work (e.g., abstract of a research component completed during your under-or postgraduate studies/published journal article). 

Final school-leaving results

​Certificate awarded upon completion of High School displaying the percentage or grade symbol awarded for each subject passed.

Honours research project

​The research project completed as part of the applicant’s Honours qualification.

Letter of motivation

​One-page document explaining what factors are motivating you to apply for the specific programme(s) and describing what makes you a suitable candidate.


​A collection of your creative work or accomplishment illustrating your competencies and which is tailored to the specific programme you are applying to.​

Proof of English Language proficiency​​

If English is/was not the medium of instruction during your under- and/or postgraduate studies, you may be required to provide evidence of your English Language proficiency in the form of a formal, recognised English Language placement test result.

Review the University's English Language requirements.

Proof of professional registration  with an entity​

​A recognised professional body grants professional registration on the grounds of attainment of a recognised standard of competence and education that permits practice of a profession. 

Research proposal

​Consult the relevant programme coordinator to enquire about the required length and format of this document for your programme of interest.

Typically, a research proposal is a formal structured document that should address the “what”, “why” and “how” questions. It should include a working title, an overview, aims and objectives, research questions and methods, significance of the research as well as the body of literature (references) that you consulted in your literature review.

​Statement of research interest

​This is a brief summary of the master’s/doctoral research proposal (1-3 pages in length) which outlines your area of research, aims of the research project and the research methodology you plan to use.

Summary of Master's research

​A structured, formal document summarising the research question that was stated, hypotheses that were tested, research methodology and results/recommendations presented (3-5 pages in length).