The Centre offers doctoral studies in human rights through a LLD (Doctor of Laws) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). The former is dedicated to candidates with a law background while the latter is for those with a background other than in law. In accordance with the stipulations of the Faculty Board, a Doctoral Degree (LLD or PhD) is presented in the form of the submission of a doctoral thesis (360 credits).

A candidate must be registered for a minimum of two years before the degree may be conferred.

The language of tuition and supervision is English.


In terms of Rule E13, DOCTOR OF LAWS AND DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, the LLD or PhD graduate will be able to:

  • Conduct independent and original research and contribute to scholarship in the field of law;
  • Produce a thesis that places the research within the broader context of the field of research, and which withstands international intellectual scrutiny;
  • Deal with complexity, and/or contradictions in the knowledge base; and select appropriate tools and research methods with confidence;
  • Synthesise and make sound evaluations on the basis of independently generated criteria;
  • Communicate fully and professionally with other colleagues in relevant fields;
  • Understand legal problems and provide appropriate solutions;
  • Publish research results in accredited journals and present research findings at discipline-specific congresses; and
  • Apply new knowledge and findings in the field of law.


In terms of Rule E13.1 Admission:

  • To be admitted to the LLD, a candidate must have obtained an LLM and a final mark of at least 65%.
  • To be admitted to the PhD, a candidate must have obtained a Master’s degree and a final mark of at least 65%.
  • A candidate with a final mark between 60% and 64% in the Master’s degree may be admitted within the discretion of the Dean, on recommendation by the supervisor.
  • Before a title registration may take place, an LLD or PhD candidate must, within the first twelve months after registration:
    • Attend the sessions in the LNAV7900 module;
    • Prepare and submit a research proposal of between 20-30 pages in the prescribed form to the promoter;
    • Do an oral presentation of the research proposal;*
  • After a successful defence, the title registration and confirmation of the finalisation of the research proposal must be referred to the Faculty Board.

*Additional information is available in the faculty Rule Book.


LLD   BC390700

PhD   BC930107

Programme Code

LLD and PhD Codes: LHPR9100

Candidates who plan to undertake LLD or PhD studies at the Free Centre for Human Rights are welcome to approach a potential supervisor for further discussions on their suggested topic. Information about potential supervisors including their contact details is available on the Faculty of Law and the Centre’s website. 


Dr Gerard Kamdem Kamga
Coordinator, Research and Postgraduate Division
Free State Centre for Human Rights, University of the Free State
Bloemfontein Campus, Mabaleng Building
Office: C218

Tel: +27 51 401 2064






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