Doctorate : Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) in Management Sciences


Duration of Programme

Enrolment Option(s)

SAQA Credits

NQF Level

Bloemfontein Campus

2 years full-time (minimum), 5 years full-time (maximum); 4 years part-time (minimum), 6 years part-time (maximum)

Semester 1



Additional Admission Requirements
  • A recognised NQF level 9 Masters degree in the business, management or related fields or equivalent with at least 65% average mark.
  • Highly experienced people not meeting these minimum academic requirements will be required to undergo a rigorous recognition of prior learning (RPL) to establish their potential to participate in the programme.
  • Admission to a Doctorate by research is highly competitive and subject to a rigorous review process. In conjunction with CUT, the candidate is required to present a suitable research project in the field of specialisation.
  •  Admission is also subject to the availability of supervisory capacity.
Career Opportunities

This degree holder is prepared for an academic career in teaching, research or academic management and leadership position. Holders of this degree could also assume leadership positions in research in the private or public sectors.

The primary objective of the PhD in Management Sciences degree is to train students to become astute researchers, and it is a 100% research-based qualification. CUT-EDU students can specialise in:

  • Entrepreneurship,
  • Engineering Business Management,
  • Agri-Business Management,
  • Fashion Business Management, or
  • Finance.

The program requires a candidate to undertake research at the most advanced academic levels culminating in the submission, assessment and acceptance of a thesis that can contribute to the development of new knowledge at an advanced level in Entrepreneurship, Engineering Business Management Agri-Business Management, Fashion Business Management, or Finance.

The qualification attests that the learner has produced a Doctoral research thesis, which meets international standards of scholarly and professional writing under supervision in the chosen specialisation. The defining characteristic of this qualification is that the candidate must demonstrate high-level research capability and make a significant and original academic contribution at the frontiers of the area of specialisation. The work must be of a quality to satisfy peer review and merit publication.

 Unlike taught courses, this degree places greater emphasis on research and an original contribution to knowledge. The student will attend seminars in the first year to develop advanced research skills for gathering, analysing and presenting quantitative and qualitative data. This approach allows students to undertake a rigorous and critical exploration of one or more specialisation areas with support from expert supervisor(s).

Delivery mode: Full-time & Part-time Blended – Modular

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