Message from the Dean
Dear Postgraduate Student
Postgraduate students are the lifeblood of research in our Faculty, vital for research impetus and a prime source of new and interesting ideas. We are a university with an excellent reputation for the quality of our research, both nationally and internationally.
As a Faculty, we are committed to conducting high level research and you, as one of our postgraduate students, play a pivotal role.
The aim of this website is to provide information on a range of important policies and procedures of direct relevance to you as a higher degree candidate. By registering with us for a higher degree you automatically enter into a "working relationship" with your academic supervisor(s) and colleagues. This means that your supervisor has a well defined responsibility to provide you with the assistance you need to ensure that you are successful in your postgraduate study and research. At the same time, it is expected that you will commit yourself fully to your research programme. Successful research requires independent thought and your supervisor will encourage you to think independently but will guide you on your way. Doing a research degree is a challenging task and the critical thinking and oral and written communication skills that you will learn will strongly enhance your future career prospects.
We are proud of the long tradition of outstanding research for which this Faculty is well known, and of the excellent Masters and Doctoral graduates who began their careers as post-graduates in this Faculty. I wish you every success in your research and trust that you will thoroughly enjoy this experience and be able to look back on these years as among the most enjoyable, stimulating and productive of your life. We look forward to sharing the excitement of this experience with you.
Professor AP le Roex
Dean, Faculty of Science