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internationally accredited 
PhD in Futures Studies

Specialised research aimed at bringing about a more desirable future

Overview of USB' s PhD in Futures Studies

USB's internationally accredited PhD in Futures Studies builds on the School's MPhil in Futures Studies and forms part of its Futures Studies cluster of programmes. It allows students to become specialists in this field by acquiring in-depth knowledge through doctoral research. This is the only PhD degree of its kind in Africa.

Creating new knowledge

As a PhD student at USB you will be expected to pursue supervised research, culminating in a doctoral disser­tation. This dissertation must:

  • Represent an original and significant contribution to the enrichment and advancement of knowledge in the chosen area
  • Demonstrate originality of thought, a theoretical underpinning, relevance to the discipline and rigour in execution
  • Create intellectual capital, which is the cornerstone of today's knowledge society.

Who should enrol?

The programme is aimed at professional futurists, decision makers and strategic planners who would like to distinguish themselves through in-depth research aimed at helping people to bring about a more desirable future. It will prepare them for senior-level positions in government, public and private corporations, financial institutions, and sub-regional, regional and international organisations. It could also enable candidates to become lecturers at academic institutions.


A minimum registration period of two years is required.

Why do your PhD at USB?

Enrolling for your PhD at USB holds various benefits:

  • Acquire a globally acknowledged PhD: USB holds all three international accreditations for business schools – AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. USB is also a member of the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA) and the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative's Global Doctoral Alliance (GDA), which holds benefits and creates opportunities for USB's doctoral students.
  • Engage in research that creates employable knowledge: USB's PhD programme seeks to develop research that is relevant to organisations in private or public sector.
  • Make your research meaningful: As a signatory to the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative's Global Doctoral Alliance, USB is committed to incorporating the societal dimension of business and sustainability in its PhD research. The GRLI promotes responsible management education, asking PhD candidates: What kind of problem do you have in the work environment that can be changed to make the world a better place?
  • Join a research community: At USB, various people are involved in your research – not only your supervisor. This leads to input and support from a diverse group of academics in a multidisciplinary environment. USB's Research Colloquia provides a platform to engage with other PhD candidates and their supervisors. It also gives you the opportunity to present your research as it develops to this select audience and to gain insight from them.


Before you start

  • You will be able to complete the form in steps without losing information.
  • The online application form consists of various sections. In order to process to the next section, all the information in the current section must be completed and accepted by the information management system.
  • The application process is the same for South African and foreign students.
  • It is best to use Google Chrome as web browser when completing your application.
The application process

Go to and complete the online PhD in Futures Studies application form by completing each of the following sections:
Section 1: Personal details
Section 2: Address details
Section 3: Work and studies
Section 4: Marketing
Section 5: Documentation
Upload the following supporting documentation:
  • Completed and signed application forms
  • Proof of application fee payment
  • Detailed CV
  • Certified copies of degree certificates (which must include a transcript of the subjects)
  • A copy of your ID (or passport for non-South African students)
  • A marriage certificate (where the applicant’s new surname does not match that on the degree certificates).

Section 6: Payment of application fee
Application fee: Bank: Standard Bank; Type of account: cheque account; Account name: US Business School; Account number: 073003069; Branch name: Stellenbosch; Branch code: 050610; Beneficiary name: Stellenbosch University; SWIFT code: SBZAZAJJ. Proof of payment of your application fee and SHL fee should be e-mailed to the cashier at
Section 7: Status
What happens next?
Your application can only be assessed by the selection panel if it is accompanied by your completed online application form, all the supporting documents and proof of your application fee payment. . The outcome of the selection process will be made known within 30 days or as soon as possible thereafter.




    Programme fees for 2018

    ​ ​ ​
     2018 (1st year of registration)2019 (2nd year of registration)Total
    Students from South AfricaR42 021R42 021R84 042
    Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countriesR45 716R45 716R91 432
    International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC countries)R49 831R49 831R99 662
    International students from the rest of the world R49 831R49 831R99 662

    International registration fee

    Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries​ ​ ​​R3 695
    ​International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC countries) ​ ​​R7 810
    ​International students from the rest of the world ​ ​​R7 810
    ​​Deposit payable on acceptance of admission​ ​ ​ ​
    Students from South AfricaR9 180
    Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countriesR22 858
    International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC countries)R24 916
    International students from the rest of the worldR24 916
    Application fee
    Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students)R670

    Continuation fee

    Continuation fee per annum from third year of registration onwards​R5440

    • South African students can pay the full programme fees upon registration or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September.
    • The fees for 2nd year of enrolment and subsequent years of enrolment will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases.
    • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. Foreign students need to pay a deposit of 50% of the annual programme fees on acceptance to the programme and the balance prior to, or upon registration. The deposit is deducted from the programme fee. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
    • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is not refundable.
    • €1 = about R14.36; US$ 1 = about R12.86 (29 May 2017).
    • ·Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
    • USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

    Admission requirements
    • For admission to the PhD in Futures Studies, you will require USB's MPhil in Futures Studies or a relevant master's degree which included a substantial component related to futures studies.
    More information
    • The Doctoral Research Committee annually assesses application packages at the end of April and the end of October annually. For more details, please contact Prof André Roux, Head of PhD in Futures Studies at USB:
    • E-mail:
    • Telephone: +27 (0)21 918 4371