PhD (HIV/AIDS Management)

Link to programme information on department website:

The PhD (HIV/Aids Management) is a full research degree and is offered in English. A candidate must be registered formally for at least two academic years before the degree may be awarded.

Eligibility criteria:

A master’s degree in arts/humanities, management or social sciences from a recognisable university, with an overall minimum mark of 65% and above and research skills training and experience. Evidence of proficiency in English language or TOEFL.

Important Dates [for application in 2024]:

Applications open: 1st March

Applications close: 30th September

Programme start date: February/March

Application process:

Two options are available to apply for admission to one of the faculty’s doctoral programmes:

  1. Option 1: Applications can be submitted on the SUNstudent application portal to be formally considered for admission to a doctoral programme - Once a profile has been created on SUNstudent, log in and follow the prompts to apply to the relevant PhD programme. The following documents are compulsory submissions as part of the application:
    • Comprehensive CV.
    • Evidence of written academic work.
    • Letter of motivation.
    • Preliminary Research proposal (Please consult the research themes below before writing your concept note. Once you have selected a research theme, please consult the guidelines to the basic layout of a research concept note.)
    • Summary of master’s research.
    • Certified copies of academic certificates.
    • Certified copies of academic transcripts.

    Please note that candidates that have applied formally on SUNstudent can also apply for institutional or statutory funding to qualifying options listed on the SU Postgraduate Office’s website.

  2. Option 2: Candidates can apply for a full-time doctoral scholarship from the Graduate School of Economic and Management (GEM). Successful GEM applicants are automatically granted provisional admission to the relevant PhD programme and an application on SUNstudent is therefore not required to be considered for one of the GEM scholarships. However, please note that only 2-3 of these awards are made per year.
Research themes:
  • Spirituality, health and wellbeing
  • Indigenous knowledge systems
  • Critical methodologies/disability studies/decoloniality
  • Inclusive education
  • Health-based document analysis and design
  • Health communication, literacy and innovation
  • Narratives
  • Fear Appeals
  • African indigenous health
  • Corruption and health
  • Climate change and health ​