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Studying through the ISER

Thank you for your interest in pursuing post-graduate study with the ISER. Please note that for supervision purposes post-graduate study with the ISER must fit within the research themes that are currently our focus.

We offer two streams

Social Policy

Key themes include: social policy and social citizenship, the universalisation of the public good with special reference to health care, social democracy and welfare state development in South Africa, public private partnerships and social policy, theories and concepts of social policy in an African context and comparative research on social policy in Cuba. 

Labour Studies

Key research areas under labour studies include: the labour movement, the state, informal and precarious employment, working poverty, education and skills development, and poverty/inequality.

How to apply

Step 1 - Ensure that you register online - http://www.ru.ac.za/postgraduategateway/

Step 2 - submit an application to Mr. Valance Wessels - v.wessels@ru.ac.za

Applications should include the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • transcripts
  • a short concept note outlining your proposed research topic (please indicate your preferred stream - Social Policy or Labour Studies)
  • recent sample of your writing (e.g. dissertation, chapter, article, assignment)
  • please indicate intended level of study (Master's or PhD)

Step 3 - your application will be submitted to the ISER research committee which will evaluate your application at the next scheduled meeting

Step 4 - the committee chairperson will inform you whether your application for post-graduate study at the ISER is accepted

Step 5 - once you receive an email from the registrar's office please follow the instruction to register formally

ISER Policy on post-graduate research

Post-graduate students should familiarise themselves with the ISER Policy on post-graduate research, which can be downloaded here:

ISER Research Policy(Version 4)-Revised and Accepted by ISER Research Committee on 28 March 2017


Last Modified: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:30:47 SAST