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PhD Registration


Welcome to the PhD programme in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences on the Tygerberg campus of Stellenbosch University. Please follow the steps below in order to register, but only after you have completed the online application process and accepted an offer to study at SU in a particular academic year. 

For Internation​al stude​​​nts ​o​​​n​​ly:​​​
International students are warmly welcomed on Tygerburg campus. Before you do the above, the Tygerberg International Office will require the documents listed below. Any queries can be sent to Ms Shanlynn Timm at

  • Proof of valid passport (certified)
  • Proof of valid study visa (certified, if applicable)
  • Proof of South African medical cover (if applicable)
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination
  • Proof of payment or scholarship letter

  • All returning doctoral students must submit their ethical clearance or renewal letter to between 1 August and 28 February;

  • International students must at the start of each year provide their passport, proof of medical insurance, and proof of payment to Ms S Timm ( of the Tygerberg International Office to lift the international block;​

  • Students with a financial block will be unable to register, but if a scholarship is due to be paid, please liaise with Ms L Matthee (​​) about the possibility of lifting the financial block.

  • Thereafter, by 28 Feburary each year, returning students should register themselves as follows:
    o Click on 'Postgraduate' on the top ribbon;
    o Click on the e-registration button found on the far-left corner of the first ribbon (E-registration is also located under admin & support);
    o A new window will open where the student will be prompted to sign in using SU credentials;
    o Next, the system will display steps to register starting with updating personal information;
    o Follow the on-screen instructions and complete all the steps;
    o Students may download proof of registration directly;

  • Students who still experience difficulties after following all steps above, are invited to write to Ms Vanessa Joseph ( of the registrar's division, to assist with registration.

Please see an overview of SU registration here:

Please note that the registrar's division (student administration) is ultimately responsible for registration. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​