The minimum criteria for consideration for acceptance are:
- A four year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent);
- A Master’s degree with a minimum of a 65% average. This could be a Master’s degree from Wits School of Governance or a Master’s degree in a cognate (similar) discipline. Doctoral research is usually carried out in the area of specialisation from the Master’s degree or components of it. Particular attention is paid to the marks awarded for the research component of the Master’s degree;
- An acceptable initial research proposal with a clear and reasonably well-defined area of interest, evidence of familiarity with your proposed area of study and a specific focus, problem and question you wish to pursue ;
- Availability of an appropriate supervisor. Even if you meet the minimum criteria for consideration in terms of your previous marks and an admissions proposal of PhD quality we may still not be able to offer you a place as our supervisory capacity is limited in terms of numbers and the areas of expertise in which we are able to supervise at a PhD level.
When lodging a formal application for the PhD you will be required the following documentation:
- A brief letter of motivation indicating why you would like to study for your PhD at the Wits School of Governance;
- A curriculum vitae, detailing your degrees, your employment experience and any publications;
- A 2500 word outline of your proposed research;
- Official transcripts of your qualifications showing degree, courses and results (if you are still studying for a qualifying degree please provide your interim mid-year results);
- Your graduation certificates (certified copies and then originals);
- Verification and comparison of any foreign qualifications from the South Africa Qualifications Authority (SAQA);
- IELTS Language Proficiency scores (if your previous qualification was not through the medium of English).