Essential Resources

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A Postgraduate Studies Guide

A Postgraduate Studies Guide

 

The Postgraduate Office has put together a Postgraduate Studies Guide (Welcome & Orientation booklet) for 2017.

Please download and view this guide here.

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Layout of a thesis or dissertation guide

Layout of a thesis or dissertation guide

The PG Skills office gives some guidelines for the layout of a thesis or dissertation here, according to the general Stellenbosch University format. Each department or faculty may, however, require additional aspects, so please be sure to speak to your supervisor about your layout. This is only a general guideline to get you started.

You can also download a useful booklet on how to format your thesis or dissertation in MS Word (2013) here. You can find the booklet for MS Word (2016) here.

For more information, please contact us at pgskills@sun.ac.za

List of editors

List of editors

Often postgraduate students ask us where they can have their theses, dissertations or proposal/s edited. We have compiled a list of freelance editors and associations that offer these services at a fee. Typically they charge by the word, page or hour - it differs from editor to editor and the student's requirements (for example checking writing style versus a comprehensive edit involving grammar, logic, layout and Afrikaans-English translation).

Freelance Editors, Translators and Transcribers:

View our full list of editors (unvetted) who offer editing services such as thesis, dissertation or proposal editing, translations, transcriptions and technical editing at a fee. 

Please contact these service providers directly regarding their CVs, rates and quotes. Remember, it is always a good idea when you approach editors to ask for referees or references too.

Send general enquiries to pgskills@sun.ac.za.

In addition, the SU Language Centre offers extensive language editing and translation services (costs involved). Contact Marguerite van der Waal at 021 808 3096 or Cobus Snyman at 021 808 3096 to get a quotation.

List of journals (accredited)

List of journals (accredited)

For a list of journals accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) follow this link. The DHET also provides information on criteria of eligibilty for inclusion in this list of accredited journals.

MS Word: self help guide for formatting your thesis/dissertation

MS Word: self help guide for formatting your thesis/dissertation

The latest MS Word 2016 guidebook on formatting your thesis or dissertation can be found here.

The guidebook based on the 2013 version of MS Word, but is also applicable for 2010, with a few minor variations can be found here

 

 

Postgraduate Research Toolkit

Postgraduate Research Toolkit

Are you thinking about doing a research degree but don’t have a clear idea of what it entails? This toolkit was designed to guide postgraduate students through their postgraduate research journey. The toolkit covers five sections with information that can help get postgraduates started, as well as further readings and resources for those who want more. Please remember that this toolkit is intended as a general guide – you do need to always check with your supervisor and department whether the advice within this toolkit applies to you.

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Publishing Software LaTeX: instructions for downloading

Publishing Software LaTeX: instructions for downloading

LaTeX (pronounced lay-tech) is a publishing software, as opposed to a word processing software, such as MS Word. Because of its ability to neatly format mathematical formulae, chemical structures and other special symbols such as music notes, LaTeX is often used by students in engineering, mathematics, science and musical fields, when they write up and publish their theses and dissertations. Read more about LaTeX at  http://www.latex-project.org/

LaTeX may be a bit more challenging to learn than MS Word, but those who do, say it is worthwhile!  

SU students can download LaTex for free: http://mirror.ctan.org/install/macros/latex/contrib/stellenbosch.tds.zip

Instructions for installing LaTeX can be found here

Currently we do not offer a workshop on LaTex.  If  we have enough students interested, however, we will arrange a facilitator for a workshop on using LaTeX. Please explore the internet for more on  LaTeX (there are many guides and blogs on the subject) and once you are certain that it is something you would like to use, please let us know at pgskills@sun.ac.za  and we will see if can get a group together.

 

Research integrity and ethics information

Research integrity and ethics information

Stellenbosch University (SU) is committed to applying the values of equity, participation, transparency, service, tolerance and mutual respect, dedication, scholarship, responsibility and academic freedom in all its activities (as contained in the SU Vision Statement). This includes, by definition all the research conducted at the University. SU is also of the view that good science assumes ethical acceptability according to internationally acceptable norms and that the responsibility for this lies with every person conducting research under auspices of SU. Read more ...

SU Calendars (Yearbooks)

SU Calendars (Yearbooks)

 

Read important SU Policies and Rules (Part 1, General) and faculty specific Calendars (Yearbooks) here.

These resources contain relevant procedures for postgraduate students regarding code of conduct between supervisors and students; interruption of Master’s and Doctoral studies; thesis submission processes, etc. See SU Policies and Rules (Part 1, General).

Note: Some faculties have faculty-specific provisions. With regard to Master's degrees: 
 
Besides the provisions made and the requirements laid down in this Part of the University Calendar, a faculty may have specific provisions and requirements of its own for Master’s research assignments and Master’s theses. Such further faculty-specific provisions and requirements, if any, are set out in the appropriate faculty’s Part of the University Calendar and/or its manual “Guidelines for Postgraduate Training”, should a faculty have such a document. Consult the various faculty secretaries in Block A of the Central Administration Building in this regard (SU Policies and Rules, Part 1, General, p. 150)

SU Library 'How do I' guides

SU Library 'How do I' guides

Stellenbosch University's library provides a range of guidelines as to 'How do I' go about executing important research steps. Read more ...

SU Library off-campus access

SU Library off-campus access

 
To obtain access to the library's licensed e-databases and e-journals from off-campus, you need to be enrolled either as a undergraduate, postgraduate or prospective postgraduate student for the current academic year at Stellenbosch University and you must have your own SU network username and password. 
 
According to the academic licencing conditions of the subscription e-databases and e-journals of the Library and Information Service, only network registered students and staff members of the University are entitled to off-campus access to these electronic resources.   
 
The Library and Information Service has no mandate to execute network registrations. Access to the library's licensed e-databases and e-journals from off-campus fall under the registration for standard electronic services for network access on the SU campus and is the responsibility of the Information Technology Division of the University. 
 
For more information follow this link.

Supervisor-Student Agreement (sample)

Supervisor-Student Agreement (sample)

The aim of a Supervisor-Student Agreement or memorandum of understanding (MoU),  is to give the graduate student and supervisor an opportunity to develop a sound and productive working relationship. There is no blueprint for such an agreement. Rather, it is the result of an open discussion in the early stages of the relationship, during which both student and supervisor can clarify expectations and preferences, surface any misunderstandings or misaligned expectations and pave the way for a productive working relationship. 

Download our sample MoU here

The aim of this current document is simply to provide a starting point for such a discussion.  The content given here is meant to serve as a prompt for things to include in your own agreement, and you are encouraged to make as many changes as needed during your discussion with your supervisor/student. In its current form, IT SHOULD NOT BE REGARDED AS POLICY OR EVEN AS A FIXED TEMPLATE. Each supervisor-student relationship is unique and the outcome of this discussion will be a personalised and adapted version of this MoU. Having said that, it may be the case that your faculty or department already has its own MoU template. It may even be compulsory for you to complete such a MoU, according to your departmental requirements. In that case, please see this document as an additional prompt for issues you might want to discuss with your supervisor/postgraduate student at the start of your relationship. Departments and faculties are also welcome to use and adapt this template. It is then up to individual departments or faculties to explain the “status” of the MoU, e.g. whether it is compulsory, recommended or optional.

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