If you have other specific questions, please feel free to contact our post-graduate coordinator, Jaco Geldenhuys.
The doctoral degree we offer is a three-year course based solely on dissertation work. The goal is to conduct original, cutting-edge research in a particular, specialized field of Computer Science. The student must demonstrate his/her ability to propose, plan, conduct, and publish a research project.
There are four important steps:
The closing date for registration for 2012 is 30 Mar 2012. Applications for 2013 are accepted from 1 Apr 2012 to the end of Nov 2012. (but please check the Science Faculty site for the specific date).
The university allows students to undertake degrees on a part-time basis. The doctoral degree then extends over four to six years. Generally speaking, this is much harder and requires self-discipline and dedication; remember that you are embarking on a long-term commitment.
We also welcome applications from foreign students. In addition to the four steps mentioned above, it is critical that you contact the university’s International Office for administrative details about studying at Stellenbosch.
Computer Science does not offer any direct support for students, but the university as a whole does, and of course there are many external bursaries available. The university’s portal for prospective students is a good source of information about such bursaries and up-to-date details about tuition fees. (International students should also have a look at the “Prospective students” section of the International Office website.)
Most of our undergraduate courses require teaching assistants and we expect doctoral students to get involved with at least two such courses. Note however, that such positions will not provide enough income to support your studies.
Some advisors also have research funds available to support doctoral students. Note, however, that you cannot rely on this and must talk directly to the advisor about this option.