DOCTORATE (PhD) IN SCIENCE – LEVEL 9
Purpose and characteristics of the programme
The purpose of the doctoral programme is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding
and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of specialisation. A doctoral degree in
science is a pure science based research study that requires candidates to demonstrate high-level
research capability and make a significant and original academic contribution at the frontiers of the
discipline of specialisation. The degree demands a very high level of intellectual, theoretical and practical
specialized science knowledge and insight into problems related to the field of study and of the
application of advanced experimental methods and techniques of the modern research, as well as of
fundamental scientific and academic values in generating, processing, interpreting and presenting
research data orally and in written form.
Exit level outcomes
Students should be able to:
Apply knowledge, theory and research methodologies and research methods/techniques creatively to
complex practical, theoretical and epistemological problems
Produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which is judged new and/or
innovative by peers and makes a significant contribution to the area of specialisation.
Operate independently and take full responsibility for their own work and its consequences and also
assume significant accountability for the work of others
Demonstrate intellectual independence, research leadership and management of advanced research
and research development in the science area of specialisation
Demonstrate advanced information retrieval and processing skills, using appropriate Information
Communication Technology (ICT)
Demonstrate a comprehensive, systematic and integrated grasp of the relevant specialist knowledge
and expertise at the forefront of the science field and professional area of specialisation
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the most advanced research methodologies,
methods/techniques and technologies in the discipline/field of specialisation and participate in
scholarly debates at the forefront thereof
Evaluate their own and others’ work on the basis of independent criteria
Present and communicate the results of research and opinion using the full resources of an
Operate autonomously in science specialized, complex, unpredictable or new contexts and identify
and address emerging ethical issues
Use a wide range of complex skills in identifying, conceptualizing, designing and implementing
research projects that address complex and challenging problems at the forefront of the
discipline/field of specialisation
Independently undertake a study and evaluate literature/scientific data and current research in the
area of specialisation
Produce a thesis which meets international standards of scholarly/professional writing.
SC.9.7 DOCTORATE IN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
For admission to the D Phil in Environmental Management a Master’s Degree in Environmental
Management is required, although as a result of the interfaculty nature of Environmental Management,
another relevant and equivalent Master’s qualification will also be considered. Additional to the general
regulations for doctoral study, a residential period of at least two months is also required, unless decided
otherwise by the Head of the Department.
The Head of the Department has to approve admission to the Doctorate in Environmental Management.
SC.9.7.1 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT LEVEL 9 (DOCTORATE)
Module ENM0119 Thesis
NQF Level 9
Purpose The student, under the supervision of a supervisor, will prepare a
thesis based on an approved research topic in Environmental
Management and must prove his/her ability to conduct original
scientific research in Environmental Management.
Outcomes: On completion of this learning event, the student should be able to:
Identify and formulate an original research problem related to the science of Environmental
Conduct original research in this problem independently.
Prepare a research thesis according to the official requirements of the Department of Geography and
Publish his/her research results (or part thereof) in an accredited scientific journal.