Welcome to Stellenbosch University

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST)

​The Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) was established as a research centre on 1 January 1995 in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University. In January 2010 it also became an academic department in the same Faculty.

As a research centre its work covers the broad fields of bibliometrics and scientometrics, research on higher education knowledge production, human resources in science and technology, research evaluation and impact assessment studies and studies on the communication patterns of scientists.​​​

areas of specialisation include - 

Monitoring and Evaluation

The one-year Diploma programme provides training to students who require knowledge and skills in monitoring and evaluation methods. It is aimed at professional and other individuals who are tasked with the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes. Students complete five assignments and a research assignment.

The MPhil programme focuses on the history and theory of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) as a developing 'discipline' in its own right, which is practised within various contexts. M&E has its own approaches and models, own sets of designs and methodologies and own domains of implementation.

The programme is unique in its dedicated focus on the theory, methodology and practice of monitoring and evaluation. Students complete eight (six compulsory and two optional) modules, as well as a research assignment.

The two-year doctoral programme aims to meet the demand for high-level and scarce skills in monitoring and evaluation studies on the African continent. At this level, the aim is to ensure that a new generation of evaluation scholars is trained to ensure that the growing professionalisation of the field is sustained and that a tradition of high-quality scholarship in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in Africa is established and further expanded.

The successful completion of the programme involves a good grasp of the theoretical and methodological demands of scholarship in the field that culminates in a novel and original contribution to the field in the form of a substantive dissertation and subsequent journal articles.

Research Management and Administration

The Postgraduate Diploma programme provides a comprehensive introduction to Research Management and Administration (RMA) theory, practice and the latest trends via four modules offered over two years.

Students will typically be early or mid-career staff members working in Research Offices (or equivalent structures) at research institutions.

Science and Technology Studies

The MPhil programme entails block courses and a research assignment. It focuses on the social study of science and technology and on related aspects, including the policy of science and technology, research management and innovation management.

The two-year doctoral programme entails a dissertation and focuses on the social study of science and technology and related aspects such as science and technology policy, research management and innovation management.


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