Doctoral Office
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Master's Studies (100% Research only)



• Applications close end of September
• Consult the Calendar or University website
• Departments/Divisions/Centres conduct their own selection processes





• Takes place through the Faculty Office
• Contact Ms VB Joseph:
First semester: 2 January to 31 March
Second semester: 1 June to 31 July



• Master's Guidelines: Updated guidelines to follow shortly.
• Final mark for Masters by thesis is based on thesis and oral presentation.
• All theses are required to be submitted electronically after formal examination using SUNscholar:
• Consult for further information



• Each Department/Division/Centre appoints possible supervisors and examiners through formal university structures.
• Intention to submit should be communicated to Doctoral office: 6 months prior to official examination.
• Students are to submit TWO (2) bound copies for examination together with the thesis release form signed by the Supervisor/Head of Department/Division/Centre.
• Students and supervisors are responsible to upload the thesis on SunLearn after the examination




1 September for December graduation
1 December for March graduation