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Department of Human Resource Management

Philosophiae Doctor (PhD)

Prospective students must consult the Postgraduate Faculty yearbook and Programme search for more information on the programmes offered.

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PhD degrees are presented in the following fields of study:

  • PhD in Human Resource Management (07267142)
  • PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology(07267143)
  • PhD in Labour Relations Management (07267061)
  • PhD in Organizational Behaviour (07267001)  

Closing date for applications for is 30 September

PhD and DCom 2014 Information Brochure

  • Complete a Postgraduate Application Form obtained from the University of Pretoria's Client Service Centre or apply online at www.up.ac.za.
  • Complete the Departmental Application Form and submit all requested documents to the Department of Human Resource Management.  Detail on front page of the Departmental application form
     
  • All applications are subject to a selection process .
  • Closing date for Departmental application - 30 September.
  • If any prior qualifications have been obtained at a non-South African university, qualifications must be evaluated by SAQA (www.saqa.org.za) and attached to your application form. The University of Pretoria and its personnel cannot assist with this process.

PhD with specialization in Human Resource Management (07267142)

Minimum admission requirements

  • A South African Board for People Practice (SABPP) accredited master’s degree in Human Resource Management or an Health Profession Council of South Africa (HPCSA) accredited master’s degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology.
  • A minimum pass mark of 65% in the master’s degree.
  • All applications are subject to a selection process. The following selection criteria will be taken into consideration:
          • Academic achievement
          • Work experience
          • Recognition of prior learning
          • Research ability
          • Academic writing skills
  • The Head of the Department may, however, set additional admission requirements.

Curriculum         

  • EBW 801               Research Methodology (compulsory)
  • EBW 901               Research Proposal (compulsory)
  • MHB 995               Thesis: Human Resource Management 995

 A thesis on an approved topic. Before registration on the PhD a candidate must submit and present a research proposal. 

The compulsory module EBW 801 will prepare the student in writing a research proposal. A candidate will work under the guidance of a promoter to develop a detailed research proposal according to departmental guidelines and regulations. The proposal (EBW 901) must be presented to the Departmental Postgraduate Committee and must be officially approved by all relevant committees before the candidate can commence with his/her research and thesis (MHB 995).   The candidate will continue his/her research under the guidance of his/her promoter until the research is completed according to the rules and regulations of the University. 

A public defence of the final thesis is compulsory and forms part of the final examination. 

Furthermore, a research article based on the candidate’s research must be submitted for publication to a recognized accredited journal. 

The article is a compulsory condition for the degree to be conferred on the candidate.

The research component contributes 100% towards the total requirement for the degree

PhD with an option in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (07267143)

Minimum admission requirements

  • An HPCSA accredited master's degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology or in Human Resource Management
  • A minimum pass mark of 65% in the master’s degree.
  • All applications are subject to a selection process. The following selection criteria will be taken into consideration:
          • Academic achievement
          • Work experience
          • Recognition of prior learning
          • Research ability
          • Academic writing skills
  • The Head of the Department may, however, set additional admission required

Curriculum         

  • EBW 801               Research Methodology (compulsory)
  • EBW 901               Research Proposal (compulsory)
  • BDO 995               Thesis: Industrial and Organisational Psychology 995

A thesis on an approved topic. Before registration on the PhD a candidate must submit and present a research proposal. 

The compulsory module EBW 801 will prepare the student in writing a research proposal. A candidate will work under the guidance of a promoter to develop a detailed research proposal according to departmental guidelines and regulations. The proposal (EBW 901) must be presented to the Departmental Postgraduate Committee and must be officially approved by all relevant committees before the candidate can commence with his/her research and thesis (BDO 995).   The candidate will continue his/her research under the guidance of his/her promoter until the research is completed according to the rules and regulations of the University. 

A public defence of the final thesis is compulsory and forms part of the final examination. 

Furthermore, a research article based on the candidate’s research must be submitted for publication to a recognized accredited journal. 

The article is a compulsory condition for the degree to be conferred on the candidate.

The research component contributes 100% towards the total requirement for the degree

PhD with specialization in Labour Relations (07267061)

Minimum admission requirements

  • An accredited cognate master’s degree of which the core content is related to Labour Relations Management.
  • A minimum mark of 65% average in the master’s degree.
  • All applications are subjected to a selection process.
  • All applications are subject to a selection process. The following selection criteria will be taken into consideration:

o   Academic achievement

o   Work experience

o   Recognition of prior learning

o   Research ability

o   Academic writing skills

The Head of the Department may, however, set additional admission requirements.

 Curriculum 


  • EBW 801 Research Methodology (compulsory)
  • EBW 901  Research Proposal (compulsory)
  • ABV 990   Thesis: Labour Relations Management 990

A thesis on an approved topic. Before registration on the PhD a candidate must submit and present a research proposal. 

The compulsory module EBW 801 will prepare the student in writing a research proposal. A candidate will work under the guidance of a promoter to develop a detailed research proposal according to departmental guidelines and regulations. The proposal must be presented to the Departmental Postgraduate Committee and must be officially approved by all relevant committees before the candidate can commence with his/her research and thesis (ABV 990). The candidate will continue his/her research under the guidance of his/her promoter until the research is completed according to the rules and regulations of the University. 

A public defence of the final thesis is compulsory and forms part of the final examination. 

Furthermore, a research article based on the candidate’s research must be submitted for publication to a recognized accredited journal. 

The article is a compulsory condition for the degree to be conferred on the candidate.

The research component contributes 100% towards the total requirement for the degree.

PhD with specialization in Organizational Behaviour (07267001)

Minimum admission requirements

  • An accredited master’s degree in Human Resource Management, Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Management Sciences or another cognate master’s degree as approved by the Head of the Department.
  • A minimum mark of 65% average in master’s degree.
  • All applications are subjected to a selection process. The following selection criteria will be taken into consideration:

o   Academic achievement

o   Work experience

o   Recognition of prior learning

o   Research ability

o   Academic writing skills

  • The Head of the Department may, however, set additional admission requirements to comply with the specific aims of the programme.

 Curriculum for PhD in Organizational Behaviour

  • EBW 801               Research Methodology (compulsory)
  • EBW 901               Research Proposal (compulsory)
  • ORG 990              Thesis: Organizational Behaviour 990

A thesis on an approved topic. Before registration on the PhD a candidate must submit and present a research proposal.

The compulsory module (EBW 801) will prepare the student in writing a research proposal (EBW 901). A candidate will work under the guidance of a promoter to develop a detailed research proposal according to departmental guidelines and regulations. The proposal (EBW 901) must be presented to the Departmental Postgraduate Committee and must be officially approved by all relevant committees before the candidate can commence with his/her research and thesis (ORG 990).   The candidate will continue his/her research under the guidance of his/her promoter until the research is completed according to the rules and regulations of the University. 

A public defence of the final thesis is compulsory and forms part of the final examination. Furthermore, a research article based on the candidate’s research must be submitted for publication to a recognized accredited journal. 

The article is a compulsory condition for the degree to be conferred on the candidate.

The research component contributes 100% towards the total requirement for the degree.

PhD Programme Manager
Prof Yvonne du Plessis
yvonne.duplessis@up.ac.za

Postgraduate Administration
Mrs Christa Smit
christa.smit@up.ac.za