Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resources Science

Course Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Natural Resource Sciences is aimed at equipping students with deepened knowledge and research skills in their specialisation area by creating new knowledge that will bring solutions and implement new ideas to the natural resource sciences.  The programme focuses on the broad, deepening and research-based learning in the area of Natural Resource Sciences.

The programme will enable students to develop a thorough understanding of relevant methodological approaches, and develop competence in fields of one or more of the subfields specified in Section 6, through production of a thesis under supervision of experienced staff members.  In addition, students are required to investigate, design, and conduct independent research, with focus on special research questions, apply advanced methods and techniques and / or deal with a sophisticated application problem connected with the topic of interest.

The prospective students will be mainly graduates of the Master Programmes of the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences and graduates of similar Master programmes at other universities.  Master programmes in related cognate areas of learning may also qualify for admission to the programme under certain conditions.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants who hold qualifications from recognised institutions at NQF level 9 in Natural Resource Science related subjects and / or related cognate areas of learning can be considered for admission to this programme. Applicants need to provide evidence of having conducted supervised research at Master degree level. In addition, applicants will be requested to attend a pre-selection interview at the discretion of the FNRSS. The applicants may be requested to make up specific deficiencies at the discretion of the Dean, through the respective Heads of Department. Apart from the applicant’s qualification, the admission of an applicant will also depend on the availability of a qualified and competent supervisor for the planned topic and the available staff resources of the affected department(s). Applicants are welcome to approach the relevant department directly, to discuss possibilities before drafting a concept paper, which is expected to be submitted in draft form upon application for admission to the programme, followed by finalisation of the research proposal under the supervisor’s guidance within the first semester, for full-time students, and within the first two semesters for part-time students. The Higher Degrees Committee (HDC) will approve the final selection and admission of the selected candidates in accordance with the regulations as specified by Rules for Postgraduate Studies of the NUST Yearbook (Part 1). Hence, admission to the programme prior to the approval of a research proposal is conditional on the production and approval of a research proposal, which needs to be submitted in final form within the first two semesters for full-time students and within the first three semesters for part-time students. Additional information is given in the Guidelines for the Supervision and Examination of Masters and Doctoral Programmes.

Career Opportunities

Some of the Subjects You Will Study

Students are required to submit a research proposal for approval by Higher Degrees Committee (HDC), in accordance with the details as specified in the Rules for Postgraduate Studies of Part 1 of the NUST Yearbook and the NUST Guidelines for the Supervision and Examination of Masters and Doctoral Programmes.

In compliance with the general requirements of Senate, students are required to submit a thesis for evaluation, which should comply with international academic standards.  The thesis requires students to work independently and to investigate their own individual research topic.  Students are required to cultivate a professional work ethic to deliver the combination of research, analysis, communication and presentation demanded by their thesis.  The thesis will be assessed in accordance with the Rules for Postgraduate Studies of Part 1 of the NUST Yearbook and the NUST Guidelines for the Supervision and Examination of Masters and Doctoral Programmes.

Students will present and defend their thesis before an appropriately constituted panel in accordance with these regulations for postgraduate studies. The thesis will be returned to the students for correction before final binding and archiving.  The doctoral certificate will only be released after correction of the thesis.

Any other special arrangements will be done in accordance with the Rules for Postgraduate Studies of Part 1 of the NUST Yearbook and the NUST Guidelines for the Supervision and Examination of Masters and Doctoral Programmes.

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