The JBS Doctor of Philosophy (Dphil) with specialisation in Digital Transformation is a research degree undertaken with the guidance of a supervisor for at least a minimum period of two years after full registration. Full registration will only be allowed after the successful completion of course work and defense of research proposal.
DPhil applicants need to:
- Hold a recognised Master’s degree (or in special circumstances, at the discretion of the Senate, a qualification recognised by the Senate as equivalent). A Master’s degree in an associated field of business, economics, science or behavioural sciences is preferred, however, given the cross-disciplinary approach of this programme, provision will also be made for applicants with Master’s degrees in the creative areas. Candidates with a Master’s degree in a related discipline may also qualify at the sole discretion of the JBS
- Submit a certified copy of the applicant identity document
- Provide certified copies of academic records and transcripts of the applicant’s qualifications to date
- In the case of master’s equivalent credentials, verification of whether the qualification is equivalent to a South African degree is required. This can be done by contacting the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
- Two written motivations by either academics or senior management peers / colleagues who are able to testify as to the applicant’s written and verbal competencies, as well as ability to perform high level academic research and writing
- Nominate a suitable potential supervisor with the application – should the applicant not have a suitable supervisor in mind, a supervisor will be allocated to the student
- Provide a written motivation by the applicant as to their preferred topic of research and rationale as to why they believe they should be selected as an appropriate programme candidate
- Append their most recent CV to the application submission
There is NO requirement to submit a research proposal document. This will be produced by the student during the provisional registration phase.
International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to submit one of the following, unless this requirement is waived by the DPhil Director:
- A recent score on the TOEFL Test of at least 570 (paper-based) or 230 (computer-based) or 88 (internet-based). This must be obtained within 3-5 years before applying to the JBS.
- A recent overall band score of 7.0 (with no individual element of the test scoring below 6.0) on the international English Language Testing System (IELTS).
- A proven body of work appended to the application submission as evidence of English language academic writing skills.
Information on the TOEFL test is available here. For the IELTS contact the British consulate or embassy in the applicant’s home country.