Applicants need to be in possession of a recognised Master’s degree (or in special circumstances, at the discretion of the Senate, an approved Bachelor’s degree or qualification recognised by the Senate as equivalent). They must demonstrate that they have the necessary competencies in research methodology and practice that are required for the completion of an independent study research degree.
Applicants will need to include with their application a nomination of a suitable supervisor. Your nominated PhD supervisor must be a full-time academic at the GSB and must be actively publishing in the scholarly literature in the field in question. GSB faculty can discuss applicants’ research ideas and preliminary proposal at their discretion, but we advise applicants not to contact potential supervisors without some preliminary research ideas. Note that it is not always possible to find a supervisor who is both suitable and available and an applicant cannot be registered if there is no available supervisor for the proposed research at the GSB. (For a full list of GSB faculty and their research interests, please see here).
Note: Please ensure that you have completed ALL SIX STEPS, as no incomplete application will be considered by the Admissions Board.
The following documents are required as part of your application:
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|Citizens of all African countries||R1 350 (One Thousand Three Hundred and Fifty Rand)|
|Applicants from all other countries||US$ 285 (Two Hundred and Eighty-Five US Dollars)|
Beneficiary: UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN - GSB Account No.9
Bank: Standard Bank SA Ltd
Branch: Rondebosch, Western Cape
Branch Code: 025009
Swift code (for international payments): SBZAZAJJ
GSB Reference Number format: GSB / surname / first name - OR - UCT student number
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Masters Research Report dissertation and mark obtained (the student needs to have graduated at the time of registration) should be emailed to email@example.com.
GSB Admissions, Graduate School of Business
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, 8001
Please DO NOT send the documents to UCT Main Campus (Rondebosch).
Overnight courier or hand-deliver your documents to the GSB campus Breakwater Campus
Note: Each certified copy of diploma, transcript, partially completed degrees and ID or passport must carry an original stamp from a Commissioner of Oaths (or equivalent). Documents which have previously been certified and then photocopied, are not acceptable.
Students with outstanding balances on their fees accounts will not have any subsequent application processed until the debt has been settled in full.
Applications to the GSB PhD programme are welcome between 1 May and 31 October for commencement at the beginning of the following academic year. Please note that no late applications will be considered. Applicants will be notified by 1 November.
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