University of Pretoria UP Postgraduate Application 2020


University of Pretoria UP Postgraduate Application 2020

About University of Pretoria UP Postgraduate Application

After obtaining your first degree, you may decide to take a break from studying and start a career. If you’re ready to take on a secondary degree and focus your academic career, head over here to find out more about the postgraduate qualifications the UP offers. If anything, a postgraduate degree will enhance your CV and equip you with the knowledge required to thrive in your industry.

Online Registration

UP registrations for the 2019 academic year are fully online.   Online registration is available from 3 January 2019 for returning students (accessible via the UP Student Centre) and from 9 January 2019 for new students The fact that you are on this page, shows that you have already decided to #ChooseUP as your ideal institution to further your studies.

By now, you should already know what you want to study as well. The next step would be to register for your chosen course. If you still need to obtain your degree to land that dream job (in other words, you have not worn your graduation gown and cap yet), you are known as an undergraduate student. You are just starting out and getting your wings ready to FLY@UPand graduate on time. The registration process can be quite daunting at first, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. For a to-do list of the January 2019 registration process, and to see what will happen next, download the Student Steps PDF here For more information, check out the Online Registration Guidelines below. Should you need any assistance, come to the Hillcrest Campus from 10 January 2019 with your ID in hand.


Deadlines for MSc And PhD Applications

Deadlines for Honours applications: 30 September

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Deadlines for all international applications: 31 August

Ensure to follow the steps below when applying for masters or doctoral studies in the Department of Geology.  This will ensure that the department is aware of your application and is able to supervise you before submitting registration forms.  A tick list can be requested via email (for easy completion) or can be viewed as a pdf.  This completed document can be submitted to a potential project promoter or supervisor to ensure a complete and thorough application.

Note that no candidate will be considered without a detailed project proposal, proof of funding and a potential supervisor.


  1. Approve your latest degree on the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) homepage and apply for accreditation by clicking here.
  2. Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language TM (TOEFL®) by registering online if you cannot prove that you studied in English. A score of 550 (or 213 for the computerised test) is required. More information on this and other matters for international students are available here.
  3. Ensure that you have adequate funding for tuition, living expenses and project costs which may pertain to your field of research. Tuition fees are noted here and information about postgraduate funding, loans and bursaries are available here.
  4. Apply for VISAs, permits and insurance diligently by clicking here as the University of Pretoria will not make these arrangements on your behalf.
  5. Decide which degree to pursue by clicking here.
  6. Choose a provisional topic as the Department of Geology cannot randomly supply projects and it remains your prerogative to choose your topic. To ensure that your proposed project falls within the expertise of the Department, have a look at our research thrusts.
  7. Find a promoter within the Department of Geology who is able, willing and available to supervise you. Then submit your query (including acknowledgement that all preceding steps have been followed, a provisional topic and a preferred promoter) by clicking here to generate a query which will be discussed in the Department of Geology.
  8. Register after receipt of an email from a potential supervisor (whether or not the person chosen above). Registration forms from can be obtained from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences or you can register online. For online registration, you need to have a credit card. Applications close 30 Junefor selection courses and 31 August for all other courses for all non-RSA residents.
  9. Submit supporting documentation (e.g. identity documents, degree certificates and academic records)as requested in an email you will receive from the Faculty.
  10. Departmental recommendation follows at this stage, after which – on approval – the student will be informed by the Faculty.
  11. Arrange a project meeting on acceptance with the Department.
  12. Do you have a valid driver’s license and your own transport?  This is required for anyone studying Engineering and Environmental Geology (honours, master’s and doctorate levels).
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  1. Note that preference is given to students presently studying at UP.
  2. Funding for research projects has to be arranged by the student unless a funded project is available from the prospective supervisor.
  3. All students should have valid driver’s licenses and their own transport.
  4. No students will be accepted without a fully funded project.

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