Doctoral programme in HIV/Aids Management

(PhD in HIV/Aids Management)

Programme description

The PhD (HIV/Aids Management) is a full research degree and is offered in English. A candidate must be registered formally for at least two academic years before the degree may be awarded.

Course work is required as part of the doctoral study programme, but is not credit-bearing and is therefore not taken into account during examining the dissertation and determining the final result. The research report contained in the doctoral dissertation is the only document that is examined towards awarding the doctoral degree.

The examination process is handled entirely by the office of the Vice-Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.

Programme content

Full research degree, supervisor-guided, on a topic in the HIV/Aids management field.  The work must make an original subject contribution.

Outcomes of the programme

A successful candidate must conduct advanced, original research in the area of HIV/Aids management, which must be approved by Stellenbosch University. The work submitted must:

  • be of a high standard
  • deal with the central theme
  • demonstrate that the candidate has, in the Senate’s view, substantially contributed to enriching knowledge in the field of HIV/Aids management

Important information

Admission requirements

  • A master’s degree (or equivalent) from a reputable higher education provider approved by the Senate for this purpose, with an average of at least 65%. Preference may be given to candidates with the MPhil (HIV/Aids Management) from the Africa Centre.
  • A minimum of five years’ managerial experience at the time of application.
  • Computer skills (MS Word, internet and email).


A limited number of students are accepted on the basis of academic performance. Meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee selection.

Application procedure and closing date

A prospective PhD student will submit an application form and a preliminary research proposal to the director of the Africa Centre for initial screening. Successful applicants will be requested to present a final research proposal to the Africa Centre’s admissions committee for review. The committee will make a recommendation to the Senate for final approval. Thereafter successful candidates may formally register for the programme. Registration is possible throughout the academic year.