WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,879 /year
Part-time Study:4 years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:PhD
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Engineering and the built environment
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

The School has a limited pool of academic members of staff who can supervise research towards our research-based postgraduate degrees. Admission to the School for any of degrees depends on the availability of a supervisor from within the staff who is capable of and willing to supervise in the area of study.

Interested candidates are encouraged to look at the staff list to consider who might be able to provide appropriate supervision in the candidate’s particular area of interest.

Students are then advised to consult with the School PRIOR to submitting a formal application through the Student Enrolment Centre. You can send your enquiry to the School Postgraduate Degree Coordinator or the School Postgraduate Administrator.

The enquiry, which may mention which supervisor(s) the candidate has in mind, will be circulated to relevant members of staff. By way of enquiry, potential candidates should e-mail the following information with a covering e-mail text:

  1. A 3-5 page text of the intended area of research and topic, research question and methods
  2. A cv
  3. A copy of degrees and an academic transcript indicating marks
  4. An electronic copy of any previous research undertaken (if available)
  5. names of academic referees

Only if the School deems the candidate ready and if it is able to identify a potential supervisor or co-supervisors, will the candidate be encouraged to proceed to the formal application process.

Preparing for the Formal Application Process

Once instructed to do so by the School, applicants must compile a formal application.

Admission Requirements

The School has limited supervisory capacity and therefore has to select its candidates carefully. Excellent academic transcripts at masters level (generally at least 70%) are a requirement. Research and writing experience, as well as a clear articulation of the area of research interest are an advantage. Students with a coursework masters may be required to register first for a masters by research.

Additional Entry Requirements

  • 3-5 page research proposal covering the following:
    • a preliminary title of the research,
    • a context/background section,
    • a motivation section,
    • an outline of the research problem (question and aims/objectives),
    • a method overview section,
    • an appraisal of sample readings and a list of sample references/bibliography.
Application Process
Application Fees for South African Students: $13
Application Fees for International Students: $13

  • 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.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

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.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities linked to this programme include:
– Architect
– Architectural technologist
– Interior and spatial designer
– Building surveyor
– Town planner
– Production designer
– Historic buildings inspector
– Structural engineer

Relevant Contact

Mfaniseni Sihlongonyane
Postgraduate coordinator
Siphokazi Makhaye
Postgraduate administrator