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Postgraduate studies


​Stellenbosch University offers postgraduate degree programmes (diplomas, honours, master's and PhD) across its ten faculties. 

 In addition to traditional contact teaching, the University also embarked on enhancing the virtual mobility of students who are geographically dispersed, by offering technology-supported teaching to students by means of a telematic technology platform that integrates satellite, cell phone, internet and video conferencing technology.

Some of our postgraduate programmes are taught in full via the Stellenbosch University's telematic technology platform. Other programmes offer selected modules by means of 'blended learning', which means that the modules are taught by means of conventional lectures and information and communication technology.

All postgraduate programmes are offered in English. 

For further information please visit the Prospective Postgraduate students'​ website. 

English language proficiency requirements​​​

International candidates who have obtained their qualifications from tertiary institutions where English is not the language of instruction are required to provide proof of English Language proficiency. This evidence must accompany your application and must not be older than 24 months from the date of application to the University.

Candidates who do not meet the minimum English Language proficiency requirements below and require additional English Language support, may enrol for an English preparation course (Intensive English Program - IEP) at the University's Language Centre. Please note that the IEP may not run concurrently with full-degree enrolment. Candidates are required to complete the pre-academic level of the IEP with a minimum of 60% before reapplying for postgraduate studies.

The minimum English language requirements and recognised language tests for admission to Stellenbosch University's postgraduate degree programmes are as follows: 

​English Language Requirements

CEF LevelCambridge ESOLIELTS BandTOEFL iBTTOEFL CBTTOEFL (paper-based) BULATS PTE General PTE Academic 
No language tuition requiredC2 ProficientCPE8 – 996 - 110243 - 270 90 - 100Level 585+

Minimum English Language Requirements

*EAP recommended




6.5 - 7.5

(minimum of 6 on all bands)

79 – 95213- 24055075 - 89Level 476 - 84
Language Tuition is required
C1FCE / CAELower than 6.5Lower than 79Lower than 213Lower than 550Lower than 75Lower than level 4Lower than 76

*English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is recommended to students who meet the minimum requirments and may be taken concurrently with postgraduate studies.

**Intensive English Programme (IEP) is available for students with test scores below the minimum requirements.

Further information on English preparation courses and associated entry requirements can be viewed via the Language Centre.​