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Online PhD Preparedness course

Course Description

This course is a 12 week online course that will be run for the second time from 7th September until 29th November 2020. The course was designed especially for students who already have a Master’s degree, and are interested in bridging the gap before pursuing a PhD.

This course will be run exclusively online, which means you will need to put aside 6-8 hours a week and access the course material online. The course does include assessments and only students who pass the assessments will be rewarded a UCT certificate of completion.

The course will introduce you to life as a PhD student, walking you through academic reading and writing skills required at PhD level, before looking at the kind of support PhD students will require during their years of study. Next it explains what philosophical approaches are and introduces some philosophical and theoretical frameworks. There is a short section (one week) on computer skills for which you will need to set up your thesis document and filing system. The course advises you on the structure of a research thesis before wrapping up at the end of week 12.

Course outline 

  • Introduction (Week 1)
  • Academic reading and writing skills (Weeks 2-5)
  • PhD support (Week 6)
  • Computer skills for PhD (Weeks 7-10)
  • Structure of a thesis (Week 11)
  • Wrap-up (Week 12)

Who hosts the course

The Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town. The Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative is directed by Assoc Prof Minette Coetzee.

Student requirements 

You will need to have completed a Master’s Degree and have reliable access to the internet.

Applications and registration

You will be required to complete a UCT application form with a short motivation /intention statement. We will then email you the link to the course and details of how to connect ready to commence in week 7th – 11th September 2020

Course outcomes

You will need to complete weekly assessments which include written work and online tests and quizzes. On successful completion of the course, you will be rewarded a UCT certificate. This certificate can be used to strengthen your application to UCT or any other university when you are ready to pursue your PhD. Please note that the course is not credit bearing and  completion does not include automatic access to any PhD programme but is merely a preparation programme.

For further information about this course and associated fees, please feel free to e-mail ce.administration@uct.ac.za or call 021 650 5246