University of the Witwatersrand Postgraduate Application 2020

University of the Witwatersrand Postgraduate Application 2020

About University of the Witwatersrand Postgraduate Application

Wits is internationally renowned for its excellent research, high academic standards and commitment to social justice, freedom and democracy.

More than 85% of our research is published in international journals. From telling the story of life, to finding solutions to deep level mining problems, from searching for the Higgs boson at CERN, to understanding the complexities of human interaction, our researchers are working with the best in the world to change our society for the better. Through our networks we are leading public health programmes that are improving lives, uncovering Africa’s mineral resources, and serving as a hub to facilitate research and postgraduate training with leading local and international institutions.

Higher degree qualifications at Wits result from more mature teaching and learning requirements as well as a deeper and more academic focus. Discovery and creativity is encouraged and where ideas are discussed freely in a spirit of openness and tolerance. Postgraduate students are encouraged to push the boundaries of knowledge by tackling fundamental research questions, producing publications of the highest quality, and sustaining the interplay between teaching and research. Wits is committed to ensuring that a new generation of researchers is drawn from a diverse range of young people.

We look forward to welcoming you to Wits in the near future. 

Admission Procedures

Find an academic programme.

Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre.

Before applying, PhD/Masters by Dissertation applicants should contact the school concerned to identify a suitable supervisor for their intended studies.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online. An application guideline is available here.

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No more than two choices of degree and/or diploma are permitted.

Please take note of closing dates, admissions requirements and general regulations.

All postgraduate applicants are required to pay an application fee of R200. Current University of the Witwatersrand students who apply online are not liable for this fee. The Application Fee Account details are as follows: Wits University Application Fees
Standard Bank
Current Account
Account number:  200 346 385
Branch:  Braamfontein
Swift Code:  SBZAZAJJPlease quote your Person Number when making payment as your Reference

Certain programmes require additional departmental forms (listed on your to do list on the student self-service portal). Please complete and return within the time frames for submission. Applications that remain incomplete are withdrawn by the University.


All documentation required by the University must be uploaded via the Self-Service Portal. The University will request duly certified hard copies of all academic qualifications if your application to study is successful.

Applicants that are requested to provide an Academic Transcript and Degree Certificate are reminded that we require these documents for all tertiary qualifications. Credit certificates or statement of results are not acceptable. Applicants who are currently studying are required to upload their Final Academic Record only once their final results become available towards the end of the academic year.

Once your application is complete in terms of the requested documentation, it is referred to the relevant School for assessment.

Each application is considered individually. There is no set time frame as to when decisions will be made, however, most schools will make a final decision at the end the academic year or the beginning of the new academic calendar

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If you need to amend your application, please click here.

Closing Dates

Masters and PhD degrees by research

Applications for Masters and PhD degrees by research may be lodged at any time during the year for a limited number of Schools and candidature may commence at any of the four registration periods during the year mainly, January, April, July and September.

There are exceptions, however, and applicants are advised to check with the Student Call Centre: +27 (0)11 717 1888, click on or contact the appropriate Faculty.

Diplomas, Honours & Masters by coursework

Most coursework degrees (Diplomas, Honours & Masters by coursework) candidates may only register in January of every academic year. Certain departments may offer programmes in July and applicants are advised to check with the Student Call Centre: +27 (0)11 717 1888 or log a call at, alternatively you may contact the appropriate Faculty

International applicants

International applicants please note that the closing date for applications may be even earlier as to allow for the submission of any additional requirements including study permits should your application be successful.

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