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Welcome to The Division for Postgraduate Studies (DPGS)

DPGS provides an inclusive, multicultural and holistic researcher development environment in creating a " one stop shop" for postgraduate students that will serve as a first port of call. Central to this approach will be a focus on strengthening the university's research niche areas as important domains for postgraduate education.  for all postgraduate and postdoctoral studies.



 The Division For Postgraduate Studies

    • DPGS

      The DPGS ensures for research capacity enhancement across faculties, build postgraduate communities of practice, facilitate cross-institutional alignment of postgraduate programmes and support services, expand opportunities for student exchange and international collaboration, and enhance funding support for postgraduate students. Focused attention is also given to doctoral students through the Doctoral Support Academy.

    • DAAQA

      DAAQA aims towards ensuring a balance between the need for research specialization within disciplines and the building of communities of practice across disciplines that allow for inter-disciplinary engagement and general postgraduate learning. Thus, a key responsibility is to facilitate debate and discussion across the institution around topics of importance to postgraduate education and research. This responsibility is grounded in its partnership with the Institutional Planning Office, as well as with the DAAQA’s collaboration and coordination function with the postgraduate coordinators and PG Officers Forum of Faculties in developing and implementing postgraduate programme policies, promoting quality assurance for the assessment process of postgraduate students and increasing access to accurate, beneficial and timely graduate data.

    • DASE

      DASE is responsible for the cross-organizational alignment and co-curriculation of postgraduate programmes, support services and initiatives. Central to this is ensuring alignment between the academic delivery of postgraduate programmes and the administrative systems in place to support them and their students. This necessitates a strong collaborative approach by the DPGS with all the relevant structures and offices that reports to the DVCs for: Student Development and Admin Support; Academic; as well as Research and Innovation. DASE functions as a turn-key postgraduate studies hub that promotes and facilitates excellence in high quality postgraduate studies for prospective and current students and staff. DASE is also responsible (on the rare occasions and if required) to deal with formal grievance procedures in collaboration with the relevant Faculty and or other parties. Alternatively, DASE provides informal counselling or referrals, if it appears that a specific issue of a student extends beyond that of academic matters. Informal support provided generally relates to confidential, impartial advice and guidance on postgraduate study progress.

    • DASE

      DDIO espouses an inclusive, multicultural and holistic student development environment for all postgraduate and postdoctoral studies by making diversity, inclusion, engagement and achievement integral elements for recruitment, retention and excellence in achievement by postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows. DDIO is responsible for the DPGS’s marketing of postgraduate programmes and recruitment of postgraduate students (in Honours, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters, PhD and Post-Doctoral studies. Marketing and recruitment are done in partnership with Faculties and other relevant structures in the University, in line with the broader approach of strategic enrolment management measures of the UWC, designed to attract and retain postgraduate students. DDIO also plays an important role in ensuring that postgraduate programmes remain relevant and contextually responsive. Some of these key products by DDIO are: the recruitment campaigns done biannually; retention initiatives throughout the year, in collaboration with the DPDER that presents capacity building courses on postgraduate research and thesis writing for study completion within the required timeframe; and the presentation and coordination of funding opportunities, international exchange programmes and fellowships throughout the year.

    • DPDER

      DPDER has two critical responsibilities which ultimately contribute to successful completion of postgraduate studies and effectively portray the values and identity of the DPGS. The first is to develop, promote and coordinate erudition opportunities for postgraduate students and staff by means of academic, professional and life skills capacity building courses, workshops, retreats and seminars. The second responsibility is the establishment and maintenance of external relationships. This is done through effective communication media such as platforms, social media and newspapers to create public awareness and also by means of events, seminars, reunions and volunteer activities with industry representatives, interested community members, postgraduate alumni, business partners and donors. The DPDER erudition opportunities have the following focus areas: Grant applications; Responsible conduct of research ; Research capacity building – e.g. proposal writing, literature reviews, research methodology, qualitative and quantitative data analyses and thesis completion; and Professional development – e.g. writing for publication, strengthening supervision, leadership development and entrepreneurial skills.



​Block Courses​

The Block courses aims to equip you with the software skills to conduct your  data analyses from your study.

​Short Courses

​​Our short courses are scheduled and aligned to the different stages of the research process - from start to finish. 


Our 5-day retreats are aimed at providing you with ‘isolated time and space’ to work in a focused and goal-orientated manner. 


Several funding opportunities becomes available throughout the year to  support  postgraduate  research


​​​​​​​​Our events are design to offer extraordinary opportunities, professional development, capacity building and/or newly developed offerings in partnership with national and international entities incl. competitions such as the world renown 3MT PhD thesis presentation competition.​​


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    Director's Message

    "Welcome and congratulations with embarking on your postgraduate journey. We look forward to joining with you in collectively bringing about extraordinary change in the world within which live”.​

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