Postgraduate Programmes

The information below only provides an overview of postgraduate programmes at Stellenbosch University. For more detailed information, and guidelines on how to apply, please consult www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

 

Programmes in Agrisciences

Programmes in Agrisciences

*All our postgraduate, academic programmes are suitable for international students

The modern agricultural sector faces the challenges of producing high-quality food and natural fibres in a sustainable, cost- effective manner whilst making meaningful contributions to rural and economic development. These challenges are influenced by a diverse topography and soil types, a variable climate, limited water resources, and adherence to environmental legislation and regulations, as well as stringent production and export requirements for overseas exports. Global supply and demand conditions have presented exciting opportunities to the sector that place significant demands on its human, technological and intellectual capital resources. It is to this need that the Faculty of AgriSciences wishes to respond and contribute, together with its valued partners in the public and private sector. Our academic research expertise and study programmes are aligned with the dynamic needs of the industry and the concomitant scientific advances that are required in plant production, animal sciences, management and natural resource management.

The Faculty consists of eleven modern, internationally-recognised departments with highly qualified staff who are dedicated to teaching, scientific advancement, industry collaboration and community service. In addition to many well-equipped laboratories, the Faculty also has two experimental farms where practical training and applied research are conducted. The Faculty’s integrated multidisciplinary approach, our innovation research outputs, our scientific achievements and our problem-focussed research and development activities ensure the continued relevance of our research programmes and our graduates. We strive to make science work for the benefit of humanity and the environment. For more information:

For more detailed information, and guidelines on how to apply, please consult www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

Programmes in Arts and Social Sciences

Programmes in Arts and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences sets great store by research and postgraduate teaching as part of its academic mission. So it hardly comes as a surprise that annually about one-third of our students are engaged in studies at postgraduate level in our wide-ranging programme offering. We also make a point of integrating our offering of postgraduate programmes with the research focuses of the various departments and their staff and our students’ degree research commonly leads to national and international academic publications. Students who are both academically deserving and financially needy are provided with financial support where at all possible.

The Faculty’s eighteen departments offer discipline-specific and interdisciplinary programmes in three primary focus areas, namely Language and Culture, Social Sciences, and Performing Arts. In offering so varied, yet so soundly planned a set of programmes, we strive to produce graduates who are knowledgeable and critical thinkers, and also to produce professional people eminently capable of making an exceptional contribution to the cultural enrichment and knowledge requirements of South Africa’s and Africa’s communities in the 21st century.

So that our students may be sure of getting quality instruction, conventional contact tuition is supplemented with computer technology by a team of well-qualified supervisors and teachers. In keeping with the University’s strategic policy, the Faculty mostly uses English as the medium of postgraduate tuition.

In terms of geographical provenance, the student body has strong national and international profiles and is demographically speaking well representative of the country’s student population.

For more detailed information, and guidelines on how to apply, please consult www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.
 

Programmes in Economic and Management Sciences

Programmes in Economic and Management Sciences

The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, established in 1925, is the largest of the ten faculties of the University. It consists of the following eight departments: Accounting, Business Management, Economics, the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), Industrial Psychology, Logistics, School of Public Leadership, and Statistics and Actuarial Science.

The Faculty occupies three buildings on the main campus at Stellenbosch, while the postgraduate programmes of the Business School and the School of Public Leadership (SPL) are offered on the Bellville Park campus. Both campuses have modern libraries and modern technological facilities. The Bellville Park Campus also offers convenient accommodation. The SPL offers one of its postgraduate programmes on the Lynedoch campus.

The departments of this Faculty offer postgraduate programmes of high quality. In the case of the USB, this is borne out by internationally sought-after accreditations, EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (Association of MBAs). Education and training for professional registration in specialist fields such as Accounting, Actuarial Science and Financial Planning enjoys national and international accreditation by professional institutes and the performance of our students in external examinations is proof of the quality of the programmes. Similarly, our programmes in Industrial Psychology and Human Resource Management are acknowledged by professional bodies. In other disciplines, excellent quality of tuition is ensured by cooperation agreements; these cover matters such as the exchange of students and teaching staff, and joint research projects with internationally recognised academic institutions.


For more detailed information, and guidelines on how to apply, please consult www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

Programmes in Education

Programmes in Education

The Faculty’s research programme focuses on relevant and strategically important themes in education and sport science in order to find solutions to educational, exercise and sport science matters of current concern and to promote the development of education and human movement science in South Africa. This research, which impacts on all of the teaching programmes, is concerned with local as well as international needs. In the light of its strategic importance, the development of human potential in a diverse community has been chosen as a central focus for applied research in the Faculty of Education. Its four departments each have a complementary focus that ties in with the broad research focus of the Faculty.

Teacher training for the Senior and Further Education and Training Phases

Should you wish to become a high school teacher, your undergraduate studies at other faculties could be a basis for postgraduate studies in Education. See “Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)” below.  

If you hold a recognised three-year education qualification, but do not meet the admission requirements for university programmes, you may still be able to register for an Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE). See “Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE)” below.
For more information:

For more detailed information, and guidelines on how to apply, please consult www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

Programmes in Engineering

Programmes in Engineering

 Programmes in Engineering  

*All programmes are suitable for international students.

The Faculty of Engineering is one of South Africa's major producers of high-level engineers. Established in 1944, it currently has five engineering departments, namely Civil, Electrical and Electronic, Industrial, Mechanical and Mechatronic, and Process Engineering.

The Faculty is housed in a large building complex and has excellent teaching and research laboratories and an extensive support infrastructure. Its mission is to serve as a cost-effective source of excellent technical proficiency and professional leadership through teaching, research and service to industry and the community.

The Engineering Faculty has a long tradition of close cooperation with industry, where both contract research and consultation for industry are facilitated by various internal organisations.  

The Faculty currently has several international cooperation agreements in place, enabling postgraduate students to do part of their postgraduate studies and projects in a foreign country. More information regarding these international partnerships is available from the chairs of department.

All students who do not have South African citizenship potentially have access to all the postgraduate programmes offered, provided that an official study permit is obtained and that all the requirements of admission are met.

The medium of instruction at the postgraduate level is English.


For more detailed information, and guidelines on how to apply, please consult www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.
 

Programmes in Health Sciences

Programmes in Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences’ (FMHS) vision is education and research for innovation, incorporating interdisciplinary cooperation and new thinking to meet the special health needs of South Africans and promote social responsibility.

As one of the leaders in health sciences, the FMHS strives to create a student-centred learning culture in which independent, professional people can develop and where new knowledge, applicable to Africa, is generated. The FMHS adds value to the broader community through participation and service delivery.

The FMHS strives to create an inclusive environment in which a diverse community of students and staff can feel supported, respected, affirmed and valued. The Faculty not only has the best undergraduate throughput figures in the University, but also has the best diversity profile. The excellent quality of education that the Faculty offers can, amongst others, be measured in terms of the international recognition that our postgraduate training enjoys.

As a tertiary educational institution in health sciences operating in a country with a diverse disease profile, the Faculty strongly promotes a research approach based on global excellence and local relevance.

State-of-the-art equipment

The Faculty is a leader in terms of the acquisition of state of the art technology and equipment, such as the 3-Tesla Allegra brain imaging scanner and the Orbitrap Mass Spectrometer, both of which are the first of their kind in Africa. The Faculty furthermore continues to show strong growth in terms of research outputs, and an increase in research funding and collaborations.

Proud research tradition

The annual output of the Faculty is testimony to a proud research tradition: over 300 refereed scientific articles in reputable journals and more than 600 scientific papers, abstracts and posters at congresses and other scientific meetings in South Africa and abroad. We also, on average, graduate 80 master’s and more than 15 doctoral candidates each year.

Read more about our research and capacity development initiatives here.

Convenient location

The Faculty is situated adjacent to the Tygerberg Academic Hospital on the University’s Tygerberg Campus. It is conveniently close to public transport facilities and within easy reach of the main campus at Stellenbosch (30 minutes by car), the University of Stellenbosch Business School (10 minutes), Cape Town (20 minutes) and Cape Town International Airport (10 minutes).  

A wide variety of training opportunities covering all health-related disciplines are offered on the Tygerberg Campus and surrounding training platform in the Western Cape.
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For more detailed information, and guidelines on how to apply, please consult www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

Programmes in Law

Programmes in Law

Programmes in Law

Situated on the corner of Victoria Street and Ryneveld Street, the Old Main Building hosts the Stellenbosch Faculty of Law. The Faculty of Law has a long and proud tradition of excellence in teaching, equipping students not only as legal practitioners, but also as jurists.  

The Faculty was founded in 1921, has established deep roots in the South African society and has contributed to the development of the country’s legal system.

 

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

Initially, the Faculty concentrated on LLB degrees, but the LLM degree (research) was awarded for the first time in 1976 to two students. The taught LLM programme was first presented in 1994 and the Faculty introduced a Postgraduate Diploma in Tax Law in 1999 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law in 2013.

 

POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH

Research has always played an extremely important role at the Faculty, as is also apparent from its positive research output.

The South African Research Chair in Property Law, as well as the Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property Law are housed in the Faculty of Law.
 

For more detailed information, and guidelines on how to apply, please consult www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

Programmes in Military Science

Programmes in Military Science


The Faculty of Military Science is based at Saldanha, on the West Coast of South Africa, where it is housed in the South African Military Academy. The institution offers education and training for members of the Department of Defence at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Military Academy’s resources for education and training are state-of-the-art. It also offers modern recreational facilities and accommodation of a good quality.

The Faculty works closely with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to meet what the latter spells out as its needs in terms of higher education.

The Faculty is made up of five academic schools. In two of these schools, the focus of programmes is technology-related; in two others, the focus is management-oriented. In the fifth school the focus is on security and on Africa-related studies. Our modular programmes are offered by means of three to six blocks of lectures lasting 10 working days each.

For more detailed information, and guidelines on how to apply, please consult www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

Programmes in Science

Programmes in Science

Over the past decade the Faculty of Science - with its rich tradition dating back to the earliest days of Stellenbosch University - has undergone dynamic changes to transform itself into a national and international role player in basic and applied research.

Our number of postgraduate students has also grown considerably and the research outputs achieved by our academics and postgraduates have more than doubled. Furthermore we are proud to be in a healthy financial position thanks to the support of the private and industrial sectors.

The eight departments of the Faculty are housed in a number of buildings on the main campus, where postgraduate research and studies are supported by very modern equipment and highly trained and experienced staff. The principal areas of research are highlighted under the departments further on.  

Some of our programmes may include subjects from departments in other faculties. Should you wish to undertake postgraduate studies in such a subject, please consult the relevant department for more information.  
For more information:

For more detailed information, and guidelines on how to apply, please consult www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

Programmes in Theology

Programmes in Theology

The Faculty traces its institutional roots back to 1859 and 15 decades of theology has been taught at Stellenbosch. Today it is an open and ecumenical faculty of Stellenbosch University. The Faculty presents theology from a Christian perspective. The Faculty has agreements with the Dutch Reformed Church, the Uniting Reformed Church, the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa and the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, and trains many of their students. But in fact our students represent a wide range of churches in South Africa and other countries. There is a particularly noticeable increase in the percentage of foreign, postgraduate students.  

The Faculty consists of three discipline groups: Old and New Testament; Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology; and Practical Theology and Missiology. Postgraduate programmes are offered by the three discipline groups.

Our discipline groups work together from within their respective disciplines to explore the research areas for concerted research chosen by the Faculty. The Faculty focuses on research about the promotion of human dignity (including combating poverty) as part of the Hope Project. Other research areas are: theology and the quest for a hermeneutical approach; the problem of the public ministry of the church; the interplay between ministry and community development. Working as an increasingly integrated team, we do research on theological-exegetical issues, as well as on historical, diaconical and pastoral issues. The understanding of God within postmodernity and the African context plays an important role.

In the inter-church debate, the quest for ecumenics is of great importance to the Faculty. We give special attention to the unity of the church; reconciliation in the socio-political arena; the pastoral care of people with HIV/Aids; and congregational and community development.

While some of our Church partners expect of their students only to complete the undergraduate degree, other churches require that their students obtain also the MDiv as well as the Licentiate (from 2016 the Postgraduate Diploma in Theology [Christian Ministry]).
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For more detailed information, and guidelines on how to apply, please consult www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

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