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Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies Candidates conduct in-depth research into elements and dynamics of the digital knowledge economy.
Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies Candidates conduct in-depth research into elements and dynamics of the digital knowledge economy.

Qualification: PhD

Faculty: Humanities

Duration: 4 Years ( part-time)

School: Literature, Language and Media

Study mode: Full-time; Part-time

Overview

The PhD in Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies is a research-only degree programme. Applicants who are interested in undertaking in-depth research on topics related to digital innovation, or digital transformation, in any sector including digital transitions in the agricultural and mining sectors, in the manufacturing sectors (including the major manufacturing sectors for South Africa, or in the emerging technology hubs environment, or in digital fabrication), in the services sectors (including broadcasting sector and services, financial services, any of the public services, telecoms sector and services) may apply.

The intended research should be interdisciplinary, potentially drawing on at least two disciplinary focus areas, for example, social sciences and law, or management sciences and innovation sciences, or public management and development studies.

There are many more examples of and opportunities for interdisciplinary studies, which can be discussed with the applicant. The PhD programme is highly theoretical in nature but can have both a theoretical and a practice component. Completion of the degree requires submission of an 80,000-word research paper and the submission of a paper to an academic journal, for peer review. The programme takes a minimum of four years to complete on a part-time basis and includes attendance at collegial online seminars and one-on-one supervision in either face-to-face or virtual sessions.

For More Information or to begin registration proceedings, contact Nokhanyo Yolwa at nokhanyo.yolwa@wits.ac.za

Applicants should preferably have the following prior qualifications and years of experience, and submit the related documents:
 
1. Bachelors Degree (in any discipline) = you will need to upload the degree certificate and the academic transcript with the online application
2. Honours Degree (in any discipline) = you will need to upload the degree certificate and the academic transcript with the online application
3. Masters Degree (in any discipline) = you will need to upload the degree certificate and the academic transcript with the online application
4. Preferably seven or more years work experience
5. Please provide a three-page concept paper indicating the proposed title, the research problem you intend to investigate, the main research question, a synopsis of the key literature on the subject, and a shortlist of references.
 
Degree Convenor: Luci Abrahams (PhD)
 
For further information, please contact Nokhanyo Yolwa at nokhanyo.yolwa@wits.ac.za
 
Application Deadlines
 
1. Please note that international applicants may apply latest September 2020 for commencement in January 2021.
2. South African applicants may apply latest November 2020 for commencement in January 2021
3. Applicants who hold a degree from a university outside South Africa, even if they are South African citizens, must have the degree evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), see https://www.saqa.org.za/evaluations-foreign-qualifications
  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
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Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students, please check this section.

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