The School is committed to increasing the number of students recruited to and trained through its postgraduate programmes. Our mission is to facilitate and enable the development and throughput of truly excellent doctoral students from diverse country contexts.
Because the PhD degree has become an especially important marker of research and development and intellectual capacity internationally, it has also become the focus of various national strategic policies in the South African higher education and research environments.
The SHCD has therefore developed a systematic application screening and enrolment process that aims to optimise the "goodness of fit" between a PhD student and the School. This process should ensure a seamless journey from registration to graduation. We are especially interested in attracting students who have previously shown a flair for research, and who show evidence of understanding the theory in the area in which they wish to conduct their studies.
At a postgraduate level, specialised teaching prepares students in the following fields