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Doctor of Philosophy in Spatial Sciences
Modes of Study  Full-time/ Part-time
Duration 3 Years
Level Postgraduate
Course Code 10DPSS


The Doctor  of Philosophy  (PhD) in Spatial Sciences is aimed at equipping  students with  deepened knowledge and  research 
skills in their specialisation area by creating new knowledge that will bring solutions and implement new ideas to the spatial
The  programme  will  enable  students  to  develop  a  thorough  understanding  of  relevant  methodological  approaches  and 
develop  general  competence  in  and  knowledge  of  one  or  more  of  the  subfields  in  Spatial  Sciences.  In  addition,  through 
independent  research using advanced methods and  techniques,  the student will contribute new knowledge on  the  topic of 
interest and/or contribute to the solution of sophisticated application problems in the field of study.
The prospective students will be mainly graduates of the Master Programmes of the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial 
Sciences and graduates of similar Master programmes at other universities. Master programmes in cognate areas may also 
qualify for admission to the programme under certain conditions. 


Admission Requirements 

 Applicants  who  hold  qualifications  from  recognised  institutions  at  NQF  level  9  in  Spatial  Science  subjects  and/or  related 
cognitive areas can be considered for admission to this programme. Applicants need to provide evidence of having conducted 
supervised  research  at  degree  level.  In  addition,  applicants  will  be  requested  to  attend  a  pre‐selection  interview  at  the 
discretion of the Programme Coordinator. The applicants may be requested to make up specific deficiencies at the discretion 
of the supervisor and, through the respective Head of Departments. Apart from the applicant’s qualification, the admission of 
an  applicant  will  also  depend  on  the  availability  of  a  qualified  and  competent  supervisor  for  the  planned  topic  and  the 
available staff resources of the affected department(s). Applicants are welcome to approach the relevant department directly, 
to discuss possibilities before drafting a Concept Note, which is expected  to be  submitted in draft  form prior  to  the  formal 
application for admission to the programme. 
The Higher Degrees Committee (HDC) will approve the final selection and admission of the selected candidates in accordance 
with the regulations as specified by Rules for Postgraduate Studies of the NUST Yearbook (Part 1). First‐time registration may
only  occur  upon  the  submission  and  approval  of  a  Concept  Note  by  the  HDC.  The  Concept  Note  is  prepared  under  the 
guidance  of  the  student’s  designated  supervisor.  Continuation  of  admission  to  the  programme  is  conditional  on  the 
production and approval of a comprehensive research proposal, which needs to be submitted within the first two semesters 
for full‐time students and within the first three semesters for part‐time students. These procedures will be fully explained to 
each  prospective  student  during  his  or  her  personal  interview.  Additional  information  is  given  in  the  Guidelines  for  the 
Supervision and Examination of Masters and Doctoral Programmes. 
It  is  recommended  that  candidates  submit  their  applications  within  the  window  of  opportunity  provided  by  NUST  for 
applications, normally between June and August, with intent to register at the beginning of the following semester, usually in
late  January  or early February. Application  or  registration  outside  of  the  normal  periods will be  subject  to  payment  of late 
application fee or late registration fee, and processing may be delayed.


Career Opportunities

Graduates of the PhD programme will be able to work as university academics and researchers, consultants, senior managers in both the public and private sectors, or take up applied and interdisciplinary research positions in governmental and / or non-governmental organisations where there is increasing demand for professionals with advanced academic and technical skills

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