If you have other specific questions, please feel free to contact our post-graduate coordinator, Jaco Geldenhuys.
The Masters degree we offer is a two-year course based primarily on thesis work. The goal is to teach students how to evaluate and conduct world-class research, and become a master in their field! While the work is not required to be original cutting-edge research, it often is.
The reading, writing and critical thinking skills acquired during the Masters degree are also much sought-after in industry, and most of our Masters graduates who do not carry on with a Doctoral degree, go on to have successful careers in the local industry and also abroad.
There are four important steps:
The period for applications for a Masters degree for 2013 is 1 April to 30 November 2012.
The university allows students to enter as part-time students. The Masters degree then extends over three to four years. Generally speaking, this is much harder and requires self-discipline and dedication, but in our experience students with jobs tend to be more focused and consequently more successful.
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 Masters students who have completed them to get involved with at least one such course. While it will not provide enough to support your studies, these positions can provide some supplemental income. But more than this: becoming a teaching assistant is not only a wonderful way to help the next generation of Computer Science students with their studies, but also a great opportunity to consolidate your own knowledge!
Some supervisors also have research funds available to support Masters students, but once again it may not necessarily provide enough income to cover all your expenses. Note that you cannot rely on this and must talk directly to the supervisor about this option.