Postgraduate Admission Requirements

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Postgraduate Admission Requirements

VUT Research Postgraduate Admission Requirements

The postgraduate admission requirements for a degree at the Vaal University of Technology Research differ according to whether a student will be doing a Masters or Doctorate course, and then according to which faculty the course will fall under.

To be eligible for consideration for admission to the M-Tech, the applicant must possess a B-Tech degree or an Honours degree with an average pass percentage of 60% from a recognized university or another tertiary institution. A course in Research Methodology must be completed or other evidence of research ability must be provided. In some disciplines, further research training or the completion of a preliminary coursework program in research preparation may be required.

These are the following admission requirements for an M-Tech qualification in each of the faculties:

Engineering:

  • Relevant B-Tech or equivalent
  • Research Methodology course completed
  • Average pass percentage of 60%

Applied & Computer Sciences:

  • Relevant B-Tech or 4-year degree approved by SAQA
  • Research Methodology course completed
  • Average pass percentage of 60%

Management Sciences:

  • Relevant B-Tech or 4-year degree approved by SAQA
  • Research Methodology course completed
  • Average pass percentage of 65%

Humanities:

  • Relevant B-Tech or 4-year degree approved by SAQA
  • Research Methodology course completed
  • Average pass percentage of 65%

For consideration for admission for a Doctoral/PHD, a candidate must possess a Masters degree with a substantial research component. In some disciplines, further research training or the completion of a preliminary coursework program in research preparation may be required.

Research degree programs offer students a unique opportunity to follow a specific interest in a particular area of research and to focus on this for several years, allowing the students to make an important contribution to the development of new knowledge in society.

These are the following admission requirements for a Doctorate/PHD qualification in each of the faculties:

Engineering:

  • Relevant M-Tech or equivalent approved by SAQA
  • Research Methodology course

Applied & Computer Sciences:

  • Relevant M-Tech or equivalent approved by SAQA
  • Research Methodology course
  • Proof of previous research experience

Management Sciences:

  • Relevant M-Tech or equivalent approved by SAQA
  • Research Methodology course
  • Proof of previous research experience

Humanities:

  • Relevant M-Tech or equivalent approved by SAQA
  • Research Methodology course
  • Proof of previous research experience

CV submitted to head of department regarding academic history (certified copies)

In addition to academic qualifications, the following postgraduate admission requirements also need to be satisfied before a recommendation for admission can be made:

  • The proposed topic must be appropriate for higher degree research and it must be consistent with the academic aims and objectives of the student.

  • The student must have access to the necessary resources, facilities and the necessary budget in order to complete the degree within the timeframe.

  • There must be a qualified staff member holding confirmed, continuous or fixed-term appointments of sufficient length for the purposes of supervision of the proposed research and student.

  • The proposed program of work must be able to be completed within the maximum period of submission for the degree.

  • A suitable level of contact with the university supervisors must be maintained.

  • Where the applicant is currently employed, capacity to meet the timelines and other requirements must be considered.

  • The proposed research cannot reproduce research that has previously been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma.

  • Where the intellectual property rights of the applicant may be a consideration, a suitable agreement protecting the rights of the student needs to be signed. If the student is unwilling to sign an agreement, the research proposal may not be approved and the student may be required to choose another topic in an area that is not commercially sensitive.

  • The applicant should have no outstanding financial obligation with the University and in the case of international applicants, they should be able to verify the necessary financial capacity to undertake the program.

  • The applicant must possess sufficient English language proficiency.

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