Our department is home to a vibrant and diverse postgraduate cohort, with members from many African countries, and sometimes beyond. We take pride in offering excellent Honours training and MA and PhD supervision in a supportive environment. Our postgraduates are at the heart of the research culture we foster in the department and we provide numerous opportunities for engagement and participation. There are weekly research seminars on Thursdays between 12.00-13.00, strategic writing workshops which address academic writing and article publishing, and several reading groups which students can join on a voluntary basis.

Moreover, the Honours students present their long research papers at a small conference at the beginning of the second semester; our MA students present their research projects at a proposal workshop, and our PhDs are encouraged to organize a postgraduate conference, where each student presents a paper, followed by an open question session. These fora have proven very useful in helping students to focus their arguments and build confidence in their public speaking skills. We also encourage participation in local literary events and regularly organize tickets and transport to the Franschhoek Literary Festival and the Open Book Festival in Cape Town. Our links to the other universities in the Western Cape and elsewhere in the country are well established and we encourage our postgraduate students to participate in conferences and symposia that are offered at other institutions.

Honours Prospectus 2020

For more information about our postgraduate programmes please contact:

MA: Prof Louise
PhD: Prof Shaun Viljoen: