Postgraduate
Programme Code:
10PDCS
Duration:
3.00
Mode of Study:
Accreditation:
NQF Level 10, Credits 360

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science

Course Overview

The PhD in Computer Science was conceptualized against the back-drop of the above imperatives in order to train scientific researchers in various fields of study related to Computer Science (e.g. Communication Networks, Software Development, Mobile Development, Information Security and Forensic Computing). Students will develop a thorough understanding of relevant methodological approaches, and develop competence in the application of qualitative, design, mixed-mode and quantitative research methodologies through participation in research projects under supervision of experienced staff members. The precise focus of the research will be determined through dialogue between the candidate and supervising staff, and will fall within the scope of the approved research clusters of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics.

The development of research competence has prime priority in the context of this PhD programme. Students are required to investigate, design, and conduct independent research, where Computer Science is the research focus, apply advanced methods and techniques and/or deal with a sophisticated application problem connected with the topic of interest. The research output, in the form of a thesis, must contribute meaningfully and substantially to the existing body of knowledge in the field/area of specialisation through comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of existing knowledge.

Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements Applicants who hold qualifications from recognised institutions at NQF Level 9, or equivalent, in Computer Science or related cognate areas, may be considered for admission to this programme. Applicants need to provide evidence of having conducted supervised research at this level. In addition, applicants may be required to attend a pre-selection interview at the discretion of the department. The final selection and admission of candidates will be approved by the Faculty Postgraduate Committee. Registration prior to the approval of a research proposal is provisional and will be made official only when the proposal is approved by the Higher Degrees Committee. These procedures will be fully explained to each prospective student during his or her personal interview. Articulation Arrangements The PhD in Computer Science is a terminal qualification; hence articulation arrangements are not applicable. Assessment Strategies Students are required to submit a research proposal six months after registration for approval by the Higher Degrees Committee. It is compulsory that students attend regular research methodology seminars until successful defense and approval of the research proposal. Students are required to present work-in-progress report every six months during research seminars for monitoring and assessment purposes. Students who fail the initial assessment of the research proposal will receive an extension of six months for re-approval. 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 studies at postgraduate level. Students will present and defend their thesis before an appropriate constituted committee in accordance with the rules for postgraduate studies at the University. The thesis will be returned to students for correction before final binding and archiving. Final marks will only be released after correction of the thesis. Any other special arrangements on assessments will be done in accordance with the University’s rules and procedures for postgraduate studies. Mode of Delivery By Research Only. Requirements for Qualification Award 360 NQF Credits Teaching and Learning By Research Only. Transition Arrangements This is a new programme and transition arrangements are, therefore, not applicable. Quality Assurance Arrangements The final assessment of the thesis will be done by qualified academics and practitioners with Doctoral Degrees. The examiners must be knowledgeable and respected individuals in the field with experience in assessment of postgraduate scientific reports or theses, and will be appointed by Higher Degrees Committee upon recommendation of the Faculty Postgraduate Committee. Transition Arrangements This is a new programme and transition arrangements are, therefore, not applicable.

Career Opportunities

Senior management and applied research positions in the computing industry, academia and in the public sector

Some of the Subjects You Will Study

Assessment Strategies
Students are required to submit a research proposal six months after registration for approval by the Higher Degrees Committee.  It is compulsory that students attend regular research methodology seminars until successful defense and approval of the research proposal.  Students are required to present work-in-progress report every six months during research seminars for monitoring and assessment purposes.  Students who fail the initial assessment of the research proposal will receive an extension of six months for re-approval.

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 studies at postgraduate level.

Students will present and defend their thesis before an appropriate constituted committee in accordance with the rules for postgraduate studies at the University.  The thesis will be returned to students for correction before final binding and archiving.  Final marks will only be released after correction of the thesis.

Any other special arrangements on assessments will be done in accordance with the University’s rules and procedures for postgraduate studies.

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