Higher Education Studies Doctoral Programme


Applications for 2024 are now closed. We welcome prospective doctoral candidates to apply for our 2025 intake. The 2025 programme adopts a cohort model of supervision which includes a structured first year followed by three years of thesis development.

The application deadline for the 2025 intake is 15 November 2024. Click here to find out more about the application process.

Not quite ready to start a PhD? Consider applying for our Pre-Doctoral Programme

Successful candidates will work collaboratively on six modules throughout the first year, attending fortnightly seminars and completing a number of writing tasks that build towards the proposal. Modules include:

  • Orientation to doctoral studies
  • Mapping the field of higher education studies
  • Exploring theoretical frameworks in higher education studies
  • Exploring methodological frameworks in higher education studies
  • Developing criticality in higher education studies research
  • Conducting ethical higher education studies research


2023 PhD Cohort


Last Modified: Wed, 22 May 2024 16:50:11 SAST