Stellenbosch University's academic year follows the calendar year.
Taught postgraduate programmes usually commence in February each year with a limited number of programmes commencing in July. Where a postgraduate programme consists of coursework it is important for candidates who have been admitted to arrive in time for the commencement of the programme. Classes usually commence in late January or early February (or late July). Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.
New registrations for masters (by research) and doctoral programmes must be finalised by the end of March or in some cases by the end of July each year.
EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS
Acquaint yourself with the postgraduate programme offering at SU through our postgraduate offering.
CHECK MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Ensure that you meet the minimum admission requirements of your programme of interest.
TAKE NOTE OF THE CLOSING DATES
Applications for each new enrolment cycle open on 01 March each year. Application for admission to postgraduate degree programmes for both South African and International candidates are subject to
faculty specific closing dates.
Bursaries: Bursary application closing dates are available
30 June: Applications close for National Research Foundation (NRF) funding.
31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.
No late applications will be considered.
CONTACT A POTENTIAL SUPERVISOR TO DISCUSS YOUR RESEARCH PROPOSAL
Official SU application Registration
In order to
apply online, you will need a valid email address and cell/mobile phone number. Correspondence will be sent to the email address provided and messages to the cell/mobile phone.
8-step guide to ensure that your application is complete.
UPLOAD ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
Your application will only be processed AFTER the application has been finalised AND all the correct supporting documents have been uploaded via the 'Upload application documents' link BEFORE the closing date.
It remains your responsibility to make sure that the University receives all your documents in time.
Qualification documents must be official and certified
Pay the application fee
Application fees can be paid as part of the online application process (only South African candidates pay an application fee).
Cash payments may also be made in person at the cashiers at the Administration A building (Stellenbosch Campus).
More on payment options.
Ensure that your application is complete before the closing date
Application documents verified by the Admissions Department
Application considered by relevant Department
Monitor the status of your application
The University will acknowledge receipt of your application via email.
Use your student number and SUN-password to
monitor the status of your application.