The PhD in Computer Science was conceptualized against the backdrop of the above imperatives in order to train scientific
in various fields of study related to Computer Science (e.g. Communication Networks, Software Development, Mobile Development,
Information Security and Forensic Computing). Students will develop a thorough understanding of relevant methodological
approaches, and develop competence in the application of qualitative, design, mixed‐mode and quantitative research
methodologies through participation in research projects under supervision of experienced staff members. The precise focus of
the research will be determined through dialogue between the candidate and supervising staff, and will fall within the scope of
the approved research clusters of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics.
The development of research competence has prime priority in the context of this PhD programme. Students are required to
investigate, design, and conduct independent research, where Computer Science is the research focus, apply advanced methods
and techniques and/ or deal with a sophisticated application problem connected with the topic of interest. The research output,
in the form of a thesis, must contribute meaningfully and substantially to the existing body of knowledge in the field/area of
specialisation through comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of existing knowledge.
Applicants, who hold qualifications from recognised institutions at NQF Level 9, or equivalent, in computer science or related
cognate areas, may be considered for admission to this programme. Applicants need to provide evidence of having conducted
supervised research at this level. In addition, applicants may be required to attend a pre‐selection interview at the discretion of
the department. The Higher Degrees Committee will approve the final selection and admission of candidates.
Registration prior to the approval of a research proposal is provisional and will be made official only when the Higher Degrees
Committee approves the proposal. These procedures will be fully explained to each prospective student during his or her personal