A PhD with specialisation in Industrial Psychology is a research-based degree and is intended for people who would like to pursue further studies after completing a Master’s Degree with specialisation in Industrial Psychology (either a professional masters or research masters). A Doctoral degree can be granted in this department on the grounds of a thesis or a number of interrelated, publishable manuscripts/published articles. Students who wish to pursue the interrelated, publishable manuscripts/published articles route should do so in compliance with the General Rules.


In order to qualify for consideration of admission to the PhD programme, a prospective student should adhere to the following prerequisites:

A student must have obtained a satisfactory academic record, including:

· a relevant honours degree in Industrial Psychology with an average of at least 65%

· a master’s degree with specialization in Industrial Psychology with an average of at least 65% (in the case of a professional masters, a mark of 65% for the research dissertation is also required). No mini-dissertations or dissertations of less than 60 credits or with a duration of less than one academic year will be sufficient to be considered for admittance to a PhD.

Please note that this alone does not guarantee selection into the programme.

· Adherence to the stated requirements will not necessarily guarantee admission as admission to a Doctoral Degree Programme is subject to the availability of a promotor in the specific topic/research area that the prospective student want to investigate, as well as the approval by the departmental chair: Industrial Psychology, based on the submission of an approved research proposal.

· Applicants whose previous degrees were obtained from a foreign university or from universities outside of South Africa must have their qualifications evaluated by South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) prior to submitting an application to the University.



Applications will be considered anytime during the academic year.


In order for your application to be considered complete, you need to complete the application form Click on this link: https://apply.ufs.ac.za/Application/Start for the application form).

You also need to email the following documentation to the Department of Industrial Psychology:

1. Certified ID/Passport Copy

2. Certified Degree Certificate/s

3. Full academic record/s (undergraduate and post-graduate)

4. A copy of your master’s dissertation

5. The topic/area of research you are interested in and would like to investigate for purposes of your PhD studies

Email all these documents to: PhDIP@ufs.ac.za

If the above is found to be satisfactory, the applicant would need to prepare a 2000 word (reference list excluded) short research proposal. The short proposal will be reviewed by a panel in terms of the viability of the study. If the panel find the short proposal acceptable and the study viable, the applicant would be allowed to register. Thereafter, a promotor will be assigned to the student and the student will have the opportunity to develop a full research proposal to be approved by first, the Department of Industrial Psychology – and second, if approved, by the EMS Faculty Research Committee. If approved, the student will be allowed to continue with the PhD study.


For queries on the PhD in Industrial Psychology programme please contact the PhD Coordinator:

Prof Tina Kotzé

Email: kotzem@ufs.ac.za


Tel: +27 51 401 3825
Academic Advice: EMSadvice@ufs.ac.za
EMS Applications: EMSapplications@ufs.ac.za
EMS Appeals BFN (South and Bloemfontein) EMSappealsbfn@ufs.ac.za
EMS Appeals Qwaqwa: EMSappealsQQ@ufs.ac.za

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