Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Dr Stevan R Bruijns
Dr Stevan R Bruijns
This research degree offered by both universities and is by dissertation only. Candidates will be required to undertake an advanced, approved researched project under the guidance of a supervisor, indicating successful training in methods of research. The PhD degree is not regarded as basis for registration as a specialist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, but can be registered as an additional qualification.
Please note: Admission requirements are subject to amendment based on new requirements of the Department of Education. Applicants for research degrees are required to submit a research proposal with their application. Prospective applicants are advised to contact the Division direct in order to present their research idea prior to completing an application.
I want to apply, what should I do next?
You can apply online using the course code for the PhD: CHM7064W. It is unlikely that your application will be successful if you have not consulted with the MSc lead prior to the application. You will also require an approved summary for your research project. You can submit a summary for approval to the emergency medicine division research committee (EMDRC). Progression to proposal and registration may not be supported until the summary has passed the EMDRC summary stage. Following agreement through the EMDRC, the next step is registration, signing a memorandum of understanding with your supervisors and working on your proposal. The expectation is that you successfully achieve HREC approval within a year. As a research degree, it is expected that students wishing to apply for the MSc have an understanding of basic research concepts and principles. Although this is not a requirement, prospective students may be required by the EMDRC to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the scientific method by passing EMCT's research methodology competency test. Alternatively prospective students can enrol on either one of the following courses
- EMCT MPhil's research methodology module (see below)
- The Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics online course from Coursera
- A notable exception is planned qualitative research which is not covered in these research methodology courses. The Qualitative Research Methods online course from Coursera is recommended instead on the two research courses listed above
You can join the monthly PhD forums at any time. It is a closed forum but you will be signed up once you make contact with the coordinator. This is both an online and face-to-face meeting on the first Tuesday of the month where current and prospective students have the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn. There are also a closed Facebook and WhatsApp group.
How do I enrol for the EMCT MPhil research methodology module?
The research methodology module (CRM 1), can be enrolled for in a number of ways:
- If are a UCT student, you can formally register for the module by adding the course code CHM6005F to your registration at the start of the year
- If you are not a UCT student and wish to register as an occasional student (thus completing the module before attempting registration in the PhD), you should apply online. Follow all the prompts to work your way through: postgraduate non-degree Health Science –> Surgery –> Emergency Medicine. Use MZ002CHM02 as the plan code. Following the application and acceptance, registration for the module will take place at the end January. You have to first apply, be accepted and register in order to be recognised on the module.
- The alternative is that you simply let us know that you wish to register for CRM 1 and complete coursework and exams as if you were registered. You would satisfy the divisional requirements, but your results would not be on a formal university transcript (and therefore could not be used for credits and exemption for any other degree in the future).
If you have registration difficulties, please contact Taryn-Lee Safers
The rules and regulations that govern a PhD done through UCT are described on UCT's main website
The rules and regulations that govern a PhD done through SUN are described on the Health Sciences policy page and also the SUN Calendar (page 148)
The PhD degree will be awarded to a student:
- After the candidate has been registered for the PhD degree at the University for at least two academic years;
- On the condition that, with the promoter’s consent, the student will at least six months prior to the desired date of graduation give written notice to the Registrar of his intention to submit a dissertation;
- Based on a dissertation – under supervision by a promoter – that covers a problem from an area in the Medical Sciences. (The dissertation must provide proof to the satisfaction of the University of advanced, original work, which contributes to the enhancement of fundamental, theoretical and/or clinical knowledge in the particular field of research); and
- Provided that the dissertation is accompanied by a statement confirming that it has not previously been submitted to another university or institution in order to obtain a degree or diploma, and that it is the student’s own work
The PhD degree is awarded in recognition of high quality, original research and is conventionally assessed based on a dissertation. In addition to this, it is now possible to include publications on which you were the first author into your PhD. It is however not possible to obtain a PhD exclusively on the basis of published articles.
With regard to the date of submission of the dissertation, the number of copies to be submitted, as well as the further requirements with which students have to comply in order to graduate, the general provisions for doctorates will apply as stipulated by each respective University. This is also addressed on the submission page of this site