Doctoral Office
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FMHS Doctoral student life

On behalf of the Tygerberg Doctoral Office, a warm welcome to the PhD programme in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences on the Tygerberg campus of Stellenbosch University. The Tygerberg Doctoral Office offers comprehensive support of your doctoral research journey, once you are registered. 

  • First-year PhD students (preparatory or PhD registration) should visit the Tygerberg Doctoral Office (Office 1073, first floor, Clinical Building), to introduce yourself in person, shortly after admission, on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning between 9AM and noon;

  • Browse our PhD Support pages, which contain expected milestones and guidance for every step of the doctoral journey;

  • F​amiliarise yourself with the resources on the SU postgraduate orientation page;

  • Do reach out to your academic environment on a priority basis, to confirm the details of your postgraduate coordinator and your supervisor, and meet your supervisor, as a prerequisite for success;

  • The Medicine & Health Sciences Library and the Biomedical Research Institute (BMRI) building both offer work space for doctoral students;

  • Please attend (selected) meetings of ​the Global Health seminar series;

  • Prevent or alleviate the possible mental isolation of the PhD journey by joining the CHPE monthly doctoral discussion group at any stage – email Ms Edwardene Marais ( for dates;

  • You are sure to enjoy the hikes and other activities of the Tygerberg Postgraduate Student Council;

  • This interactive map may help you find your way around campus (select Tygerberg campus);

  • More information on our campus is available here and here;

  • You have the option to join campus societies;

  • You are invited to a rich variety of events on offer to the SU community.

  • Contact details for a wide range of student services are available on our FAQ Contacts page. ​

Food ​​outlets

The following options are available for buying food on Tygerberg campus:

  • Cups and Saucers located near the entrance of the clinical building. It offers a variety of coffees, cold drinks, breakfast and lunch meals and snacks, while platters may be ordered in advance;
  • Synergy Cafe situated on the ground floor of the BMRI offers light meals and drinks;
  • Vida Cafe coffee shop situated in the foyer of the education building sells cold and hot beverages, sandwiches and snacks;
  • Hospital Cafeteria or Student Centre with various outlets including chips, pies, wraps, burgers, pasta etc. Offerings range from sandwiches starting at around R40, to cooked or cold meal with an average cost of R100 per meal. The hospital and student cafeteria can both be accessed using your student card.
  • The student center has a further three shops which sell food: My Brew Coffee Roastery, Planetsavvy, and a mini supermarket. My Brew Coffee Roastery offers cold and hot beverages and snacks, while Planetsavvy sell cold beverages, sandwiches, pizza slices, pie, wraps, pasta, chicken and steak.