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Postgraduate information

Postgraduate Studies @ CPUT

In the booklet “Postgraduate Studies @ CPUT” we have included as much information as possible for the guidance of students intending to register or already registered for postgraduate studies at CPUT. Please download the 2022 revised guide for your daily use: Postgraduate Studies @ CPUT

 The Postgraduate Prospectus can be downloaded: CPUT Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

UBUNTU Postgraduate Forum

The Postgraduate Forum provides opportunities for postgraduate students to join the academic community.  It provides a platform to develop an awareness of national and global priorities through seminars that focus on the broad issues of innovation, business skills, intellectual property, ethics and research integrity.

Postgraduate students at CPUT can also participate in relevant training programmes on research and study skills including literature search, research design, research methodology, research writing and data analysis.  We facilitate these on requests from faculties.

For more information about the UBUNTU Postgraduate Forum, please contact Dr Cornelia Uys at


Academic Support

The Centre for Postgraduate Studies, in conjunction with the Research Directorate, offers various research training workshops.  The training schedule can be downloaded here: Research Directorate CPGS Training Schedule 2022

Please contact Mr Stanley Lekata (

An online book on "How to write an article" can be found on the Enago page.

Research writing

Writing in research requires certain styles especially when referring to works written by other people.  The following resources relate to research writing:

Item File
Guidelines for research proposals Document
Research and the Harvard method of bibliographic citation: a research writing and style guide Document
Thesis template Document
Guidelines for article-based thesis Document
DHET Accredited Journal List Excel Spreadsheet


To find out about editing and translation services by people accredited by the South African Translators' Institute, please click here.

Statistical Consultation Services

For Statistical Consultation services, please contact:

Mr Stanley Lekata (
Prof Dirk van Schalkwyk (
Ms Oninye Akunne (
Dr Corrie Uys (

DHET accredited publications

Postgraduate students are required to submit (Masters)/ publish (Doctorate) an article in a DHET-accredited journal before they can graduate.  The accredited journals are listed here. Please also see the HDC 1.8 form under Committees.

Thesis submission process

Prior to submission for examination, theses and dissertations must be free of various forms of errors.  These works require to be edited for accuracy especially as they are placed for public scrutiny in the library.  For academic editing services, please contact at least two editors for quotes.

Please download the latest list of endorsed editors:  List of Editors

A similarity check, using the Turnitin online platform, must also be done and the similarity report must be submitted to the supervisor/HOD.   This is to verify that the work does not have plagiarised sections.  All supervisors need to be registered on the Turnitin platform and must register their own postgraduate students themselves.


Only electronic versions of finalised theses are submitted to the library.

It is a requirement that postgraduate students submit a corrected version of their dissertation/ thesis to the library. This must be in the form of an electronic copy with signatories as outlined in the Thesis submission process form.

The electronic submission process is explained in: Final Submission Process document.


Faculty ResearchCoordinators/ Chairpersons/ Assistant Deans

Postgraduate studies are coordinated in the faculties and research units by the faculty research coordinators (FRCs) or chairpersons or assistant deans. The CPGS liaises directly with the FRCs in respect of postgraduate study. They are therefore the first port of call for students in all matters relating to postgraduate studies.

Faculty of Applied Sciences
Prof K Shale(Acting)
Tel: 021 460 3270/3773

Faculty of Business and Management Sciences
Prof R Rampersad
Tel: +27 21 460 8339/3429

Faculty of Education
Prof A Chigona
Tel: +27 21 680 1532

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Prof V Fester
Tel: +27 21 959 6642

Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences
Dr D Bester
Tel: +27 21 959 6760

Faculty of Informatics and Design
Prof M Mokhele
Tel: +27 21 460 3284