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Pre-doctoral Short Course

The Doctoral Office will be hosting the eighth 2-week Pre-Doctoral Short Course for prospective doctoral students. Upon successful completion of the short course students are advised to participate in the PhD Community of Practice for ongoing support during their doctoral studies.


Contact Dr Chanelle Windvogel:


Aim: The overall aim of this short course is to prepare prospective students for doctoral studies and to support them in writing their doctoral protocols.


Target Group: The course will focus on prospective doctoral students in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who are already working on a research topic / title and are unlikely to change the topic during the course.


Application Criteria: To be considered for this course, applicants MUST be in possession of a Master's degree. Preference will be given to applicants attending the full course, already working on a protocol and who have supervisors appointed by the Postgraduate Committee of the Division/Department where they intend to register for their proposed PhD study.

Certification:  The course will be registered as a short course for which a Certificate of Competence will be issued. Students wishing to be issued with the Certificate of Competence will be assessed on their progress during the course - firstly on the progress with their research proposal by their supervisors and secondly, on their presentation at the end of the course.


CPD points:  We will apply for 30 CPD points and 1 Ethics point for the full course.


NQF Level: 9


Course Content: Click here


Format of the Course: The course will be presented in a hands-on manner where possible so that students will have ample time to engage with their protocols and consult with their supervisors. To enable this, successful applicants will receive some reading material to study in advance.


Venue:  Tygerberg Campus (exact venue to be confirmed) ​