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NQF Level 10, Credits 360

Doctor of Philosophy in Informatics

Course Overview

The PhD in Informatics was conceptualised against the back-drop of the above imperatives in order to train scientific researchers in various fields of study related to Informatics (e.g. Business Informatics and Web Informatics). 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 Informatics 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

Applicants who hold qualifications from recognised institutions at NQF level 9, or equivalent, in Informatics 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.

Career Opportunities

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

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