Postgraduate study within the Faculty - Research and Consultancy, Faculty of Science and Technology



Postgraduate study within the Faculty

How to apply for funding
Funding for research is approved by the Faculty Research Committee. Private students and USP staff may apply for funding to support the costs of conducting the project. Research scholarships are also offered and will be advertised when available. Scholarships include both a living allowance and a commitment to the costs of the research project.

 

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDIP)
A postgraduate diploma is available for graduates who have completed a degree and who may wish to gain further knowledge in a scientific area. Completion of a PGDIP would normally take one year full time study and requires the successful completion of four 400-level courses. Part time study is also available. A PGDIP is particularly appropriate for professionals who wish to develop or update their scientific knowledge.

Entry requirements: Entry onto the PGDIP programme of study is normally for candidates who have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 at USP in the 200- and 300-level courses in an appropriate major (or equivalent for other institutions). Entry may also be gained by taking a 400-level qualifying course if direct entry is not possible; a B or above must be obtained for admission onto a future PGDIP programme. The 400-level course taken as a qualifying course for the PGDIP may become part of the future postgraduate programme. Additionally, in special cases, admission may be gained where relevant experience or achievement can be demonstrated.

How to enrol onto a PGDIP programme: For general enrolment information please click here (Future Students).

 

Master of Science (MSc)
A master's programme is suitable for those interested in pursuing a science-based career. Masters usually involve a substantial individual research project on a chosen topic, although a taught masters is also available. Within the faculty, completion should usually take no more than 18 months full time study. Part time study is also available. During the masterís programme you will be expected to complete a progress report for confirmation of your registration, normally within three months of initial registration and submit progress reports throughout your study period. On completion of your thesis, you need to formally submit your work.

Masters may be gained by:

PGDIP + thesis

OR

Completion of 2 x 400-level courses at B or above + thesis

OR

By thesis only

OR

Completion of six 400-level courses and supervised research project.

 

Entry requirements: Admission to masters may be obtained in a number of ways. Direct entry may be achieved with an appropriate bachelors degree with a GPA of at least 4.0 in the courses in the appropriate major in 200-level and 300-level courses. Appropriate PG Diploma of USP with a GPA of at least 3.0 both for Master's by thesis and coursework.

Students of the PGDIP programme may apply for admission after gaining grade B or above in two PG courses OR after completion with a GPA of at least 3.0. Study entirely by research will be considered for appropriately qualified candidates.

How to enrol onto a Masters programme: When planning to enrol onto a masterís programme which includes the completion of a thesis, you must ensure that a research application is submitted at the same time. In the first instance you should contact either the research group leader in your chosen area or the Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Affairs). Please note that the Faculty of Science and Technologyís research committee will consider your application for enrolment, the research project and request for funding at meetings held prior to the start of each semester. For general enrolment information please click here (Future Students)

 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Study at PhD level is primarily for those who wish to pursue a research-based or academic career. The degree is entirely made up of research-based activity and a thesis is submitted on completion. A PhD normally takes three years full time study, but part time study is also available. During the masterís programme you will be expected to complete a progress report for confirmation of your registration normally within three months of initial registration and submit progress reports throughout your study period.

Entry requirements: Entry into a PhD programme is usually gained after the completion of a masterís degree in the chosen field, but other qualifications such as a degree with honours may be considered. In addition, masterís students may, on the basis of their academic performance, transfer to a PhD at the end of their first year of study.

How to enrol onto a PhD programme: When planning to enrol on a masterís programme, you must ensure that a research application is submitted at the same time. In the first instance you should contact either the research group leader in your chosen area or the Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Affairs). Please note that the Faculty of Science and Technologyís research committee will consider your application for enrolment, the research project and request for funding at meetings held prior to the start of each semester. For general enrolment information please click here (Future Students).

 






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