Research Degrees - Further Information


Research Masters courses have a minimum time period of 4 full-time semesters. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) courses are a minimum of 6 full-time semesters.

You can study for a higher research degree part-time, but only full-time students are eligible for scholarships.


There are no exams. A higher degree is awarded based on your final thesis, which is considered by 2-3 examiners at the end of your candidature.


You will be expected to present your research at local, national and international conferences throughout your candidature and may offer financial support for enrolling in and travelling to these conferences.

It is also expected that you will produce papers for publication in scientific journals. This is an excellent way to get a chapter of your thesis completed and peer-reviewed before the end of your candidature - the more you do, the less you will have to write up at the end!