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Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (Communication Networks, Forensic Computing, Information Security, Software Development)
Modes of Study  By Research Only
Duration 3 Years
Level Postgraduate
Course Code 10PDCS


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.


Admission Requirements 

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 

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