College of Graduate studies

About the college

The College of Graduate Studies (CGS) forms part of Unisa’s Research and Innovation Portfolio and comprises the School of Transdisciplinary Research Institute, the School of Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Studies, the Ethiopian Graduate Office and the Master’s and Doctoral Administrative Division. With research methodology as a central platform of CGS, the College's School of Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Studies has developed a suite of training programmes through workshops, colloquia, video conferences and virtual research environments. It reaches out to candidates in Unisa’s regional centres, from Gauteng to Akaki, Ethiopia. Many of the offerings are general, but some are tailor-made to fit the precise demands of specific fields of research. We work with other colleges in partnership with other universities and have a wide range of national and international networks through our academic staff. The School of Transdisciplinary Research Institutes houses the Institute for Social and Health ScienceS (ISHS), the Institute for African Renaissance StudieS (IARS), the Archie Mafeje Research Institute (AMRI), the Institute for Open Distance Learning (IODL) and the Institute for Science and Technology Education (ISTE).

In addition, we host the prestigious National Research Foundation/Department of Science and Technology South African Research Chair in Development Education, the National Research Foundation/Department of Science and Technology South African Research Chair in Social Policy and the UNESCO/UNISA Africa Chair in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and the Academy of African Language and Science Project.

As Unisa’s answer to the national imperative to increase the number of doctoral graduates and provide for high-calibre researchers, CGS is responsible for the administrative registration and examination processes and the facilitation of the research training of some 12 000 master’s and doctoral candidates that represent a large slice of the research potential in South African universities. Our aim is to assist the colleges where these students are registered and to increase the number of successful graduates from this cohort to ensure our competitiveness among emerging economies.

We aim to

  • provide a central hub for master’s and doctoral support within Unisa, South Africa and Africa;
  • nurture a research community whose primary purpose is to sustain master’s and doctoral researchers within a supportive academic environment;
  • promote and facilitate interdisciplinarity and open, distance and e-learning research;
  • inculcate an African perspective in research;
  • create a vibrant intellectual space for research innovation, debate and creative thinking;
  • produce research and help master’s and doctoral candidates publish.

Last modified: Mon Oct 10 21:26:23 SAST 2016