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The information below will assist you with the process of applying for senior postgraduate studies in the Department of Information Systems. Additional information about our Masters & Doctoral program is available at http://www.ru.ac.za/informationsystems/postgraduate/mastersdoctoral/.

If you are not currently a Rhodes student and if your most recent degree was not done at Rhodes, you should perform an initial registrarion online at https://ross.ru.ac.za/pgadmissions. It will be useful to speak to a potential supervisor to confirm availability and willingness, BEFORE you register online.

Then in order to evaluate your application the following documents must be submitted by email to Prof Caroline Khene (C.Khene@ru.ac.za):

•    Rhodes reference number (obtained from the initial registration process)
•    Your academic transcript
•    Your CV including any publications and/or relevant work-related activities
•    A copy of your most recent research submission (usually an Honours research report if applying for Masters studies, or a copy of your Masters thesis if applying for PhD studies)
•    A 3-4 page topic proposal outlining your intended research topic.
•    Whether you intend studying full-time or part-time, and whether you will be based in Grahamstown or elsewhere.

The subject line of the email should make it clear that you are applying for either Masters or Doctoral studies, and include the Rhodes reference number.

N.B. Your application will not be considered until all the required information has been provided. Note that if your highest qualification was completed at a university outside of South Africa then you may be required to confirm the NQF level of that qualification to ensure that you meet the admission requirements for the degree you are applying for (see www.saqa.org.za).

If you are currently studying at Rhodes or if your most recent degree was done at Rhodes then you should consult with Ms Baduza (in person or via email) to discuss your research interests and identify a potential supervisor within the Department. If a suitable supervisor is available then discuss your intended research area with the supervisor and confirm their willingness to supervise you. You should then prepare a topic proposal of 3-4 pages which your intended supervisor must approve before your application will be considered.

The topic proposal that is submitted as part of your application should describe the context and purpose of your intended research, provide a brief literature review clarifying the cause and/or extent of the problem you would like to address, and outline the research approach that you expect to follow. You may use the Topic Proposal Guidelines to prepare your topic proposal.

Your application will be evaluated based on your academic record (and work experience if relevant), evidence of research ability, and the availability of a supervisor within your area of interest. As far as possible we prefer higher degree candidates to be based in Grahamstown for at least the first year of their postgraduate studies, since students in their first year of postgraduate study are required to attend a series of research workshops and colloquia scheduled throughout the academic year.


We will confirm receipt of your application as soon as possible after it has been submitted – please email Prof Khene (C.Khene@ru.ac.za) if you have not heard from us within two weeks of submitting an application. However it may take some time for a decision to be made regarding the outcome of your application, as the selection of candidates is based on the alignment of proposed topics with departmental research areas and the availability of supervisors as well as the candidate’s academic merit.

If you are not currently a Rhodes student and if your application meets our departmental criteria and a suitable supervisor is available then the University’s central application system will send you an email asking you to complete the rest of the application online, which includes providing information such as whether or not you require accommodation in a university residence, and details of the person responsible for fee payment. Successful applicants are expected to make their own arrangements with regards to funding in respect of academic fees, accommodation, subsistence and travel.

If you are currently studying at Rhodes, you must complete the Rhodes paper copy of the application form, and submit it to the Registrar's Dibvision.

Higher degree candidates are required to attend a series of compulsory research workshops and colloquia during their first year of Masters or Doctoral studies. Further details are available from the Course Manager.

If we are unable to accommodate you on our program then you will be contacted directly by a member of the IS Department.

Last Modified: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:40:12 SAST