Stellenbosch University's academic year follows the calendar year.
Taught postgraduate programmes usually commence lectures 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.
Applicants for Master's and doctoral degrees should note that some programmes require an applicant to first make contact with a prospective supervisor and clarify their options before they are encouraged to formally apply.
Please check your programme requirements
here. Provide the name of the prospective supervisor you have communicated with in your application.
The application process for current enrolled SU students is available here.
how to apply for a postgraduate programme (external applicants)