The School of Construction Economics and Management offers the following Masters by Research and PhD Research degrees.
A Doctoral Degree requires a candidate to undertake research at the most advanced academic levels culminating in the submission, assessment and acceptance of a thesis.
The duration of a Masters by Research programme is 2 years; and PhD is 3 years. Our expectation is that students will endeavour to complete their studies within this timescale i.e. complete Masters by Research in 2 years and complete PhD in 3 years. To be able to achieve this requires that students commit fully to the programme and deliver a high standard of results in relation to various deliverables of their research programme.
The School’s runs programmes in the disciplines of construction management real estate. Current research of staff in the School of Construction Economics and Management is focused around the following areas:
These are our broad areas of expertise and we are keen to attract research students who are interested in pursuing their research studies in any of these areas.
Masters by Research / PhD programme
A research degree offers you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic. You carry out an independent and original piece of work, which you then write up in the form of a dissertation or thesis.
A Doctoral Degree requires a candidate to undertake research at the most advanced academic levels culminating in the submission, assessment and acceptance of a thesis. Course work may be required as preparation or value addition to the research, but does not contribute to the credit value of the qualification. The defining characteristic of this qualification is that the candidate is required to demonstrate high-level research capability and make a significant and original academic contribution at the frontiers of a discipline or field. The work must be of a quality to satisfy peer review and merit publication. The degree may be earned through pure discipline-based or multidisciplinary research or applied research. This degree requires a minimum of two years' full-time study, usually after completing a master's Degree. A graduate must be able to supervise and evaluate the research of others in the area of specialisation concerned. The minimum admission requirement is usually an appropriate Master's Degree.
A Master's by Research Degree requires a candidate to complete a single advanced research project, culminating in the production and acceptance of a thesis or dissertation. The minimum admission requirement is usually a relevant Bachelor Honours Degree.
We encourage prospective students with a strong background and interest in research to apply into our research degree programme.
Applications can be completed online at the following link: https://www.wits.ac.za/applications/portal/index
Once an application is successfully submitted, the School is notified. We have a postgraduate research committee that considers all applications to make a recommendation. All applications for admission will normally be dealt with within one month of submission.
Applicants are generally required to submit the following documents as part of their application:
Additional details are as follows:
South African citizens
Non South African Citizens (foreign applicants)
Applicants for the degree of PhD who have Masters by coursework must first register for a Masters by research and then subsequently convert to PhD, if adequate research ability is demonstrated and the research subject fulfils the degree criteria
All applicants should submit a synopsis of the research proposal which should state the principal aims of the proposed study in about 1200 words. This must accompany the application.
Discuss your research degree
For enquiries and further information, please contact:
Dr Samuel Laryea