Both programmes are research-based and selected candidates are expected to start their projects in early 2017. All applicants must have qualifications from a recognised universities at National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 9 in related subjects and/or cognate areas.
Dr Rolf Becker, the Dean of the Faculty, expressed his excitement about the development and added that this will contribute substantially to the Faculty’s research output. “In many academic institutions worldwide, PhD students are the main drivers of research and innovation, because they are the ones who can fully focus on research activities. Graduates and established professionals in the public and private sectors with Master’s degrees no longer have to go abroad for a doctoral degree in these fields,” Becker said.
The process of introducing doctoral programmes at the Institution started in 2012 when the Faculty of Computing and Informatics’ first two PhD programmes were approved, followed by the Faculty of Engineering’s programme in 2015. Plans to offer more qualifications at this level are in the pipeline.
Seven other new programmes will be introduced across the different Faculties, mainly at postgraduate level, next year. These are: Bachelor of Quantity Surveying, Bachelor of Business Management Honours, Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of English and Applied Linguistics, Master of Environmental Engineering, and Master of Health Sciences.