UNISA College of Graduate Studies

UNISA College of Graduate Studies

About UNISA College of Graduate Studies

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The College of Graduate Studies (CGS) forms part of Unisa’s Research, Postgraduate Studies,  Innovation and Commercialisation Portfolio and comprises the School of Transdisciplinary Research Institutes, the School of Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Studies, the Ethiopian Graduate Office and the Master’s and Doctoral Administrative Department. Multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary research is at the core of all our activities, thereby providing a unique range of opportunities for master’s and doctoral research under high quality supervision.

We work with other colleges in partnership with other universities and have a wide range of national and international networks through our academic staff. The School of Transdisciplinary Research Institutes houses the Institute for Social and Health Sciences (ISHS), the Institute for African Renaissance Studies (IARS), the Archie Mafeje Research Institute (AMRI), the Institute for Open Distance Learning (IODL) and the Institute for Science and Technology Education (ISTE).

In addition, we host the prestigious National Research Foundation/Department of Science and Technology South African Research Chair in Development Education; the National Research Foundation/Department of Science and Technology South African Research Chair in Social Policy;   the UNESCO/UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology and the Academy of African Languages and Science Strategic Project  which focuses on the technological development of the South African languages.

As Unisa’s answer to the national imperative to increase the number of doctoral graduates and provide for high-calibre researchers, CGS is also responsible for the administrative registration and examination processes and the facilitation of the research training of some 12 000 master’s and doctoral candidates that represent a large slice of the research potential in South African universities. Our aim is to assist the colleges where these students are registered and to increase the number of successful graduates from this cohort to ensure our competitiveness among emerging economies. With research methodology as a central platform of CGS, the College’s School of Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Studies has developed a suite of training programmes through workshops, colloquia, video conferences and virtual research environments. It reaches out to candidates in Unisa’s regional centres, from Gauteng to Akaki, Ethiopia. Many of the offerings are general, but some are tailor-made to fit the precise demands of specific fields of research.

The CGS Postgraduate Administrative Department deals with the applications, admissions and   registrations of about 45 000 students registered for  postgraduate qualifications, namely Postgraduate Diplomas, Honours, Master’s and Doctoral degrees, as well as with the assessment coordination for Master’s and Doctoral dissertations and theses.

In CGS, we aim to

  • provide a central hub for master’s and doctoral support within Unisa, South Africa and Africa;
  • nurture a research community whose primary purpose is to sustain master’s and doctoral researchers within a supportive academic environment;
  • promote and facilitate interdisciplinarity and open, distance and e-learning research;
  • inculcate an African perspective in research;
  • create a vibrant intellectual space for research innovation, debate and creative thinking;
  • produce research and help Master’s and Doctoral candidates publish.

UNISA College of Graduate Studies Schools, Institutes & Research Chairs

For College of Graduate Studies specific student enquiries contact us via e-mail: ucgs@unisa.ac.za
For Unisa general enquiries, please visit www.unisa.ac.za/contact

College of Graduate Studies
Executive DeanProf Michele Havenga012 429 8457havenmk@unisa.ac.zaTheo van Wyk Building
Executive Dean’s Personal AssistantLilian Momberere Khumalo012 429 4644mombelt@unisa.ac.zaTheo van Wyk Building
College AdministratorJohanna Dube012 429 6227dubej@unisa.ac.zaTheo van Wyk Building
Human Resources AdvisorVacant012 429 2684Theo van Wyk Building
Communication and Marketing SpecialistHanli Wolhuter012 429 8675wolhuhs@unisa.ac.zaTheo van Wyk Building
Communication and Marketing AssistantDoctor Mlambo012 429 4207mlambds@unisa.ac.zaTheo van Wyk Building
Research Chairs
NRF/DST South African Research Chair in Development EducationProf Catherine Hoppers012 337 6005hoppeco@unisa.ac.zaRobert Sobukwe Building 4-09
NRF/DST South African Research Chair in Social PolicyProf Jimi Adesina012 337 6124adesij@unisa.ac.zaRobert Sobukwe Building 2-01
UNESCO-Africa Chair in Nanoscience and NanotechnologyProf Malik Maaza012 429 8951maazam@unisa.ac.zaTheo van Wyk Building 9-119
Ethiopia Graduate Office (EGO)
DirectorProf Zodwa Motsa00 25 111 435 0080motsazgt@unisa.ac.zaEthiopia Graduate Office
Facilitation of Learning and  ICT SupportTsige Aberra00 25 111 435 0080abertg@unisa.ac.zaEthiopia Graduate Office
Student Administration and Financial Aid SupportMeseret Tafera00 25 111 435 0080tefermm@unisa.ac.zaEthiopia Graduate Office
Master’s and Doctoral Administration
Deputy DirectorLa-Portia Matjila012 441 5493matjiml@unisa.ac.zaEskia Mphahlele Building Block A 1-035
ManagerElena Swanepoel012 441 5549swaneep@unisa.ac.zaEskia Mphahlele Building Block B
Research Examination Coordination – ManagerWillie Burger012 441 5497burgewp@unisa.ac.zaEskia Mphahlele Building Block A 1-033
School of Interdisciplinary Research & Graduate Studies (SIRGS)
DirectorVacant012 429 8457Theo van Wyk Building
M&D Virtual Environment
Ethiopia ProjectProf Kitty Dumont012 429 3716dumonkb@unisa.ac.zaTheo van Wyk Building
Genocide StudiesProf Antony Court012 429 3798courtam@unisa.ac.zaTheo van Wyk Building
High Performance Computing UnitProf Enrico Lombardi012 429 8654lombaeb@unisa.ac.zaTheo van Wyk Building
Research Methodology WorkshopsProf Pat Ngulube012 429 2832ngulup@unisa.ac.zaTheo van Wyk Building
Square Kilometre Array (SKA) ProjectProf Lerothodi Leeuw012 429 4795leeuwll@unisa.ac.zaTheo van Wyk Building
Statistical Support for Research UnitHelene Mϋller012 429 3965mulleh@unisa.ac.zaTheo van Wyk Building
School of Transdisciplinary Research Institutes (STRI)
DirectorProf Lesiba Teffo012 337 6051teffolj1@unisa.ac.zaRobert Sobukwe Building (Vista Building) G-2
Archie Mafeje Research Institute (AMRI)Prof Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni012 337 6020ndlovs2@unisa.ac.zaRobert Sobukwe Building (Vista Building)2-12
Institute for African Renaissance Studies (IARS)Prof Vuyisile Msila012 320 3180 X111msilavt@unisa.ac.zaIARS Building 1-03
Academy of African Languages and Science (AALS)Prof Laurette Pretorius012 429 6727pretol@unisa.ac.zaTheo van Wyk Building
Prof Phalandwa Mulaudzi012 320 3180 X111mulaupa@unisa.ac.zaIARS Building 1-03
Institute of Open and Distance Learning (IODL)Prof Mpine Makoe012 337 6183qakisme@unisa.ac.zaTheo van Wyk Building
Institute of Science and Technology Education (ISTE)Prof Nellie Feza012 337 6168fezann@unisa.ac.zaTheo van Wyk Building
Institute of Social and Health Studies  (ISHS)Prof Mohamed Seedat011 857 5125seedama@unisa.ac.zaLenasia Research Office