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PhD in Business Management and Administration

PhD in Business Management
and Administration

  • Research
Course Overview
Course starts Dependent on application
Application closes Rolling Admissions

USB’s PhD in Business Management and Administration is aimed at those who want to undertake supervised research to become an expert in their field. This requires a contribution to new knowledge through rigorous research. With USB’s PhD in Business Management, you will help to find solutions to pressing business problems in the real world. USB emphasises the creation of knowledge that is particularly relevant to African organisations. This degree will stand you in good stead if you want to work in industries focused on research and innovation, or at an academic institution. This is a multi-year programme.

We are particularly seeking students who are interested in exploring topics in:
1. Coaching
2. Corporate governance
3. Healthcare leadership
4. Dispute settlement

Multi-year programme

At least 2 years of registration

PROGRAMME HEAD
Dr Lara Skelly

Dr Lara Skelly’s career at USB began as a research manager in 2015, and the role of the head of USB’s PhD in Business Management and Administration was added in June 2017. She has a special interest in how to increase the impact of research.

 

 

  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
  • Fees

Overview

USB’s PhD in Business Management and Administration is aimed at those who want to undertake supervised research to become an expert in their field. This requires a contribution to new knowledge through rigorous research. With USB’s PhD you will help to find solutions to pressing business problems in the real world. During this process you will develop personal and transferable skills which can be used in a range of applied situations. USB emphasises the creation of knowledge that is particularly relevant to African organisations. This forms part of our social responsibility. This degree will stand you in good stead if you want to work in industries focused on research and innovation, or at an academic institution. 

The degree is awarded solely on the successful completion of a research-based dissertation. The minimum period of registration for the PhD is two years.

The preparation of your concept note

Every application must include a concept note, written in scientific language, on your intended research. The concept note serves to demonstrate whether you have a mature approach to high-level research. It also helps us evaluate whether the topic is viable and whether we can provide appropriate supervision and resources. The concept note must cover, among others, the title and an overview of your proposed research, a literature review with an analysis of at least six academic journal articles, a description of the theoretical framework you will be using, the problem statement and research question, an overview of the research method, an explanation of why the study is important and who will benefit from it, and references.

The preparation of your comprehensive research proposal

Once your concept note has been approved, you need to submit a comprehensive research proposal. Your provisional supervisor will guide you in the preparation of your proposal. Your comprehensive research proposal will serve as your road map for the completion of your PhD. You will be formally registered for your PhD once your comprehensive research proposal has been accepted.

Approving your dissertation

Your final dissertation will be evaluated by three examiners. This will be followed by a public oral defence of the dissertation – the viva voce – before your dissertation is finally approved. Upon completion of the PhD, you will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Management and Administration by Stellenbosch University.

The PhD in Business Management and Administration is a combination of scientific rigour and managerial relevance. To develop applicable knowledge underpinned by theory and practice, PhD students need to conduct research on real-world problems, and develop personal and transferable skills which can be used in a range of applied situations. ​USB emphasises the creation of knowledge that is relevant to South African organisations, and from there to beyond our borders. This forms part of our social responsibility to strengthen our country to the benefit of all those involved.

To apply for the PhD in Business Management and Administration, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A relevant master’s degree in a management-related area. The major part of the master’s degree must consist of a written thesis. You must have achieved an average pass mark of 65% for the master’s degree and 65% for the research module. A high standard Preparation of Concept Note is also a requirement for this. Once the concept note has been approved you will be assigned a provisional supervisor.
  • A minimum period of registration of two years.
  • International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at saqainfo@saqa.org.za

  • These are the 2020 provisional tuition fees.
 Programme tuition fees for 2020 2020 (1st year) 2021 (2nd year) Total
Students from South Africa R49 125 R49 925 R99 850
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R54 195 R54 195 R108 390
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC countries) R58 965 R58 965 R117 930
​International students from the rest of the world R58 965 R58 965 R117  930
​​​​​​​Deposit payable on acceptance of admission​ for 2020
​​​​Students from South Africa R11 900
​​​​Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R27 098
International students from the rest of Africa
(non-SADC countries)
R29 483
​International students from the rest of the world R29 483
​​​​​​​Application fee​ for 2020
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R800

 

Class Profile 2018

3-6 years
7-11 years
12 years or more
Black African
Indian
White
Arts & Humanities
Commerce
Law
Unknown
Under 25
31-36 years
37 years and older

PhD in Business Management and Administration will help you to become an expert in your field of specialisation through in-depth research. You will be adding to the field of business knowledge while contributing to society as a whole.

  • Acquire a globally acknowledged PhD: USB is a triple accredited business school (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA). In addition, USB is a member of the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA) and the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative’s (GRLI’s) Global Doctoral Alliance (GDA), which holds benefits for USB’s doctoral students.
  • 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 other scholars. This also gives you the opportunity to present your research to this select audience and to gain insight from their questions and comments.
  • Engage in meaningful research: 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.

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MPhil in Futures Studies USB

PhD in Futures Studies

PhD in Futures Studies

  • Research
Course Overview
Course starts Dependent on application
Application closes End of April and end of October annually

USB’s PhD in Futures Studies builds on its MPhil in Futures Studies. This programme allows you to become a specialist in this field by acquiring in-depth knowledge through supervised doctoral research. This is the only PhD of its kind in Africa. The minimum registration period is two years.

PROGRAMME HEAD
Professor André Roux

Professor André Roux is the programme head of USB’s Futures Studies programmes. His areas of expertise are Management Economics and Futures Studies. He holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University. He lectures on Economics and Futures Thinking at USB, in other African countries and in Europe. In 2016 and 2017, he won the Best Lecturer Award in Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.

 

  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
  • Fees

Overview

The programme consists of supervised research, culminating in a doctoral dissertation. The minimum registration period is two years.

The PhD dissertation must represent an original and significant contribution to advance knowledge in futures studies. It must also demonstrate originality of thought, a theoretical underpinning, relevance to the discipline and rigour in execution. It must create intellectual capital.

USB’s MPhil in Futures Studies which includes a substantial written thesis.

International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at saqainfo@saqa.org.za

  • These are the 2020 provisional tuition fees.
 Programme tuition fees for 2020 2020 (1st year) 2021 (2nd year) Total
Students from South Africa R49 125 R49 925 R99 850
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R54 195 R54 195 R108 390
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC countries) R58 965 R58 965 R117 930
​International students from the rest of the world R58 965 R58 965 R117  930
​​​​​​​Deposit payable on acceptance of admission​ for 2020
​​​​Students from South Africa R11 900
​​​​Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R27 098
International students from the rest of Africa
(non-SADC countries)
R29 483
​International students from the rest of the world R29 483
​​​​​​​Application fee​ for 2020
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R800

 

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Class Profile 2018

Under 25 years
31-36 years
37 years & older
Black african
White
Indian
Other
Law
Commerce
Arts & Humanities
3-6 years
7-11 years
Other

You will benefit from this doctoral degree if you want to do specialised research to support the growth agendas of South Africa and Africa. You will gain a crucial understanding of development finance to apply in senior positions in policy-making institutions, governments, public and private corporations, financial institutions and global organisations.

  • You will be able to become a development finance practitioner and develop Africa where it matters.
  • You will be able to implement the design and financing of growth initiatives ranging from roads and energy plants to houses and hospitals.
  • You will gain an understanding of the structure of African economies and how financial markets contribute to development.
  • You will acquire the skills to make a meaningful contribution to policy formulation and implementation in this field.
  • You will be able to work in financial institutions such as banks and development finance corporations, and in policy-making institutions, governments, public and private corporations, and also global organisations.

Testimonials from our alumni

Jan Naude, Futurist, Institute for Futures Research at the University of Stellenbosch,

‘The PhD study enhanced my career as analyst and consultant tremendously. Previously, I tended to have a narrow approach as an analyst of global geo-strategic dynamics. The PhD (Futures Studies) changed all that and ingrained a holistic approach based on open-mindedness to see things more clearly from multiple perspectives.’

Rianne van Vuuren , Advisor at Aquilo Forecasting ,

‘The road of exploring the philosophy and methodologies of Futures Studies was indeed bumpy but also extremely rewarding. Although many academic disciplines do pursue elements of forward-looking perspectives, only Future Studies provides a multi-, trans- and inter-disciplinary approach.’

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FAQ’s

If you play a role in the direction of a business, the decisions you make must be aligned with where the business world is going. Futures Studies will enhance your understanding of possible changes in the long-term future and equip you with the correct methods to respond accordingly.

A minimum registration period of two years is required.

Academic assistance is offered via a web-based learning environment, various software and database resources, syndicate groups (dedicated study groups), informal learning groups and tutorials for certain modules.