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PhD Agricultural Sciences

Duration: 4 Semester


Objectives: The generic PhD programme in Agrisciences accommodates study in the fields of Conservation Ecology, Wine Biotechnology, Forestry Sciences, Food Sciences and other specific fields of study in Agricultural Sciences. This programme leads to the qualification PhD in a specific field. The programme focuses on research in various areas of specialisation and delivers specialists in these fields .A relevant and practice-oriented research project leading to innovation or to the solution of a problem by high level research in this field of study and in the industry concerned is undertaken.


Structure and content

A dissertation containing original research is required.

After the Senate’s approval of the proposed research project, original research under supervision of a promoter for at least two years after obtaining a master’s degree at Stellenbosch University or at another place approved by the University, and have completed, to the satisfaction of the University, the study of such subjects as were required by the Senate. Students are required to have submitted a complete and well-written dissertation which shows that the candidate has made a particular contribution to the enrichment of knowledge in the chosen field, with proof of independent critical judgement and accompanied by a declaration that the dissertation has not been submitted to another university in order to obtain a degree and that it is the candidate’s own work; and have taken an oral examination to the satisfaction of the University, provided that, subject to approval by the Senate, exemption from this examination may be granted in special cases. In addition, a candidate may be required to write an examination should the examiners find it necessary.


Learning outcomes

The programme equips the student at the highest academic level to enter the research or professional market. Professional people who, at national and international levels, individual or as member of a team, will play a meaningful research, teaching and/or policymaking role are delivered. The faculty of Agri-sciences thus aims to produce students with who:

  • Possess the ability to gather knowledge, integrate it, interpret and apply it and to think and act in a problem-solving manner
  • Communicate effectively with role players from different environments and backgrounds
  • Possess sufficient skills to function as scientists, whether independently or in team context
  • Can interpret and utilise relevant subject literature
  • Possess the ability to efficiently utilise suitable resources and means in the working environment

Recognition and accreditation

SU is a public higher education institution (in terms of the Higher Education Act, 101 of 1997). All the qualifications offered by SU are approved by the Minister of Higher Education and Training. All the programmes leading to qualifications offered by SU are accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and all qualifications are registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The PhD in Agri-Sciences was registered by SAQA in July 2000, following Senate approval in December 1999.


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