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Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Information Technology.

Course code4320
Managing facultyInformation Technology
Abbreviated titleMPCIS
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (South Africa)
Admission, fee and application details


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Candidature in a Master of Philosophy in Computer and Information Science involves the independent investigation of a research problem that has been formulated by the candidate. It is expected that the research undertaken will make a contribution to the discipline in which the candidate is enrolled by applying, clarifying, critiquing or interpreting that knowledge. Candidates are supported by a minimum of two supervisors throughout their candidature.


Successful completion of the program will signify that the candidate has successfully completed a course of research training and has satisfied the examiners that they can carry out a research project and critically analyse the results.

It is expected that graduates will be able to demonstrate the following abilities:

  • critically review the current research in the literature
  • formulate a research problem of high impact and significance
  • apply the appropriate research methodology
  • analyse the research data
  • articulate the research outcome to a variety of audiences.

Candidature rules

For all candidature rules and other important information for candidates refer to the Handbook for research master's degreesHandbook for research master's degrees (


This course consists of a research and thesis component.


Candidates must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

(a.) carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the relevant school in the candidate's chosen discipline for a specified period, including attending and/or presenting at seminars and other related activities as indicated by the relevant school

(b.) submit for assessment a thesis of not more than 35,000 words on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. Submission of the thesis based on or partially based on conjointly published or unpublished workconjointly published or unpublished work ( may be permitted.

Progression to further studies

Students may apply to transfer to PhD candidature after successful completion of confirmation and provided that satisfactory progress has been made and certain conditions are met.


Master of Philosophy in Computer and Information Science