The PhD study programme is an internationally reviewed and supported programme. Applicants are required to have a master's degree in the field of the Humanities (languages, history, theology, or philosophy) and are encouraged to contact staff members Neele or Emma-Adamah.

Following a personal interview, the applicant is required to be evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority. The purpose of the evaluation function is the recognition of foreign qualifications in terms of the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF). SAQA performs the function as an integral part of a national recognition value chain. SAQA's role focus on the location of foreign qualifications within the NQF. For admission to study, professional licensing, and employment, the specific internal criteria and requirements of other relevant institutions must be met.

The applicant should submit the requested information here: Upon receipt of a SAQA certificate, the applicant submits the certificate and a research proposal to the director and assistant-director. Upon acceptance of the proposal, the applicant submits a first chapter of the dissertation, which is also reviewed by scholars. Upon acceptance of a first chapter, an (international) advisor and one or two co-advisors are appointed to the applicant.

The advisor and co-advisor (collectively, dissertation committee) are internationally recognised senior scholars, with at least one member of the dissertation committee a content expertise of the dissertation subject. The applicant is requested at this point of the study to register at the University of the Free State and the dissertation needs to be completed within five (5) years after the date of registration. The final approved dissertation needs to be defended at the University of the Free State and be published by international recognised academic publishers.

Applicants to the PhD study programme are required to submit the PhD proposal to and

In addition, the applicant will need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • Certified copies of the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate degree certificates.
  • Academic transcripts of the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Two academic reference letters. The reference letters can be sent directly by the referent to and
  • If English is not the applicant’s first language, the applicant will need to demonstrate proficiency in English by taking an IELTS, TOEFL or PTE academic test. Please include the test results with the application.

Upon receipt, the applicant will be contacted.

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