WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,558 /year
Part-time Study:6 years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:PhD in Deaf Studies
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities
Campus:East Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

For admission to these programmes, the student usually identifies a research area and consults with a potential supervisor (or a committee of supervisors) with expertise in the proposed area of research.

Once the student and potential supervisor/s are satisfied that the proposed project is viable, the student submits an application form to the Faculty of Humanities Graduate Office (Ground floor of South West Engineering, Main campus).

When the School in which the student is based (e.g. School of Education), has accepted the student, then the student may formally enrol.

Milestones will be set in the programme for the submission of the Proposal/Thesis. For full-time students, the proposal must be submitted to Faculty Office within 6 (six) months after enrolment. For part-time students, the proposal must be submitted to Faculty Office within 12 (twelve) months of enrolment.

The Faculty of Humanities Rules and Syllabuses booklet provides detailed information on entrance requirements, special provisions and all rules pertaining to Graduate programmes. This booklet is available at Graduate School and given to you on enrolment. It is up to all students to acquaint themselves with the sections in this rule book relevant to their proposed programme of study at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Please contact us at the School if you have any difficulty with your application and enrolment.

Admission Requirements

– A masters degree from Wits or another university with a 70% total mark aggregate.
– A supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African and SADC students: $13
Application Fees for International Students: $13

– Applications are handled centrally by the Student EnrolLment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment.
Apply onlineUpload 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

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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC students: $1,558
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,558

Tuition Fees per year for South African Students = R23,620
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = R23620
(The tuition fees for International students constitutes an additional International Registration fee R6,650 to the normal fees.)

**Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay also annual local tuition fees and related costs (The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe)

International Students should take note:
– 75% of the annual tuition fee is payable on or before registration, as well as 75% of the on-campus accommodation fee.
– This payment includes the annual tuition fees and other related costs.
– The balance of the fees is payable by 31 March for undergraduate students, and for postgraduate students 30 days after registration. This excludes students with Refugee status.
– Fees clearance is to be obtained from the Fees Office.
– If you are sponsored, your sponsorship letter has to be vetted by the Financial Aid and Scholarships
Office (FASO).
– All international students (those who are not South African citizens or who do not have permanent residence status in South Africa) are required by the Department of Home Affairs to provide proof of available funds for the tuition fee for the academic year prior to receiving his/her study visa.

Relevant Contact

Prof.Claudine Storbeck
Dr Guy Mcilroy