Doctor of Commerce in Marketing

VUT Research offers students the opportunity to complete a Doctor of Commerce in Marketing within the Faculty of Management Sciences in the Marketing and Sport Department. This is the highest qualification a student can achieve within this field and makes them an expert at what they do. Completing a doctorate shows a student’s passion for and dedication to the field of Marketing and provides them with advanced knowledge and skills that they can use to make a significant contribution to the field of Marketing. The duration of study time for this course is a minimum of two years and a maximum of six years. The course curriculum consists of a research project which requires the student to submit a thesis.

Doctor of Commerce in Marketing

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Doctor of Commerce in Marketing Course Requirements

In order for applicants to gain admission to complete a Doctor of Philosophy in Marketing they need to have achieved a relevant Masters degree on a NQF 8/9 level in a related discipline, with a minimum average of 65 percent. Applicants also need to have successfully completed a Research Methodology course and have proof of viable research that has already been completed. Applicants who wish to apply to do a Doctor of Commerce in Marketing  may also be required to present their chosen topic or research study in a colloquium, which will be used to establish their understanding of their chosen topic and the extent of research knowledge prior to approval and acceptance to do a Doctor of Philosophy in Marketing and the Vaal University of Technology.

In addition to the academic qualifications stated above, the following admission criteria also needs to be satisfied before a recommendation for admission to complete a Doctor of Commerce in Marketing can be made:

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

  • The applicant must have access to the necessary resources and facilities and budget in order to complete the degree within the necessary time frame.

  • There must be a qualified staff member holding confirmed, continuing or fixed-term appointments of sufficient length for the purposes of supervision available to supervise the proposed research study.

  • The proposed program of work must be able to be completed within the maximum period of submission for the Doctor of Commerce in Marketing.

  • A suitable level of contact with the specified supervisors must be able to be maintained throughout the duration of the study period.

  • Where the applicant is in employment, the capacity to meet the timelines and other requirements of the student must be considered.

  • The proposed research topic or study does not 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 applicant must have been signed. Should an applicant be unwilling to sign an agreement, the research proposal may not be approved and the applicant may be required to choose another topic in an area which is not commercially sensitive

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

  • The applicant must possess sufficient English language proficiency.

Doctor of Commerce in Marketing Career Opportunities

Applicants who have completed a Doctor of Commerce in Marketing can be considered experts in their field of study which may open a number of doors for themselves within the specific industry. They can take up high-level and management positions within Marketing, as well as positions within education and research where they are able to make a large contribution towards the future of Marketing. Graduates are also able to act as consultants as they have the advanced skills and knowledge necessary to advise others.

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