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Doctorate in Organisational Psychology
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Doctorate in Organisational Psychology

The Section of Organisational Psychology offers a PhD by dissertation only.  We do not offer a PhD by coursework and dissertation.

  • Prerequisite

    To be accepted as a PhD candidate, you have to hold a Masters degree‚ preferably in Organisational or Industrial Psychology or Human Resource Management‚ which includes a minimum of 50% research.

  • Other requirements

    The main requirement of a PhD is that the candidate adds new academic knowledge to the field of Organisational Psychology or Human Resource Management. Producing a manuscript describing your work or consultation efforts does not fulfil this requirement and would not be accepted as a proposal. Also, note that the University requires ethical clearance for all data collected for research purposes. Therefore, existing data collected outside the ethical rules of UCT cannot be used for a PhD.

    The University of Cape Town is a residential university.  The Section may require you to spend 6-12 months on campus during your first year of registration.  During this time you will be supervised closely to prepare a proposal that would be acceptable to the various university committees.

    We may also require you to do additional courses in Organisational Psychology, research design or statistics.

  • Application

    You can apply throughout the year for PhD studies.

    To apply‚ you should email the following documentation to the Head of Section; Dr Carren Duffy (carren.duffy@uct.ac.za) :
    1.    A short CV (not more than 2 pages) stating your contact details and academic qualifications (graduated degrees)
    2.    An electronic copy of your Master's dissertation
    3.    Your academic transcripts 
    4.    A brief proposal outlining the research you would like to conduct.

    The Head of Section will check that you fulfil the necessary prerequisites and requirements, and if so, forward your documents to suitable supervisors in the Section of Organisational Psychology. Supervisors with capacity and a shared interest in the research area will engage in further discussions with candidates. Please note that there may not always be a suitable supervisor at UCT, in which case a recommendation about a supervisor outside UCT will be made. 

  • Financial assistance

    Limited financial support is available in the form of scholarships, bursaries and student loans. Please contact the Postgraduate Funding Office for more information (pgfunding@uct.ac.za).  International students should note that funding is limited and are advised to apply for sponsorship in their own countries.

  • Student housing

    Should you want to know about student housing at Cape Town University, please contact res@uct.ac.za

For more information on the programme, please refer to page 103 of the 2021 Commerce Postgraduate Handbook