Postgraduate Studies

Overview

The Faculty of Science is in a position to offer you a unique and enriching postgraduate experience, and a qualification that is respected throughout the world. As a Faculty within Africa’s top research-led university, we are home to a large number of world-ranked researchers, and located in a geographic region that offers many unique opportunities for innovative research. With close to 400 registered PhD students and 450 Master’s students, and over 100 postdoctoral fellows, postgraduate students are central to much of what our Faculty stands for.

We offer a wide range of postgraduate study programmes designed to build the intellectual and technical capacity of graduates so they can critically engage in and find creative solutions for the challenges facing society, or to pursue interests in fundamental scientific enquiry. The conceptual and practical training offered will prepare students for leadership in research, policy and decision-making and equip them for a wide range of professional and academic career paths in and beyond South Africa, and to be able to compete competitively in the international arena. Over 30% of our postgraduate students and 35% of our staff are international, and so you will have a multi-cultural experience and exposure to a variety of perspectives that will shape your future.

Apply to us to become part of one of the many innovative and dynamic research teams that perform cutting-edge disciplinary and interdisciplinary work. For example, do research on African climate change and sustainable development; get involved in the international SKA radio telescope project with the only dedicated Astronomy department in the country; participate in chemical and molecular research aimed at the fight against infectious and non-infectious diseases prevalent in Africa; participate in a range of exciting marine biology and oceanography programmes focussing on coastal waters, the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean; join the international consortium working through CERN and the Large Hadron Collider on particle physics projects; participate in programmes investigating the internationally famous Western Cape Floral Kingdom; get involved in the many research opportunities in computer science and ICT for development.

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