Overview of PhD
This poster provides an overview of the Purpose and Scope of a PhD study, drawing on the South African Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF) and the South African Qualifications Authority Level Descriptors. The poster is useful for current PhD candidates, and those hoping to engage in a PhD, as well as supervisors supporting PhD candidates. The poster includes the level Purpose, scope and descriptors of a PhD, as well as a breakdown of notional hours.
Developed by Priya Vallabh – Rhodes University
Explore these additional resources
- Council on Higher Education (CHE). (2013). The Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework. CHE: Pretoria.
- South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). (2012). Level Descriptors for the South African National Qualifications Framework. SAQA: Pretoria.
Who might find this useful?
- This resource may provide a useful tool for supervisors to use in their first supervision meeting with new PhD candidates, to open a discussion about the level and scope of work required in a PhD.
- It may also be useful for PhD candidates who would like to understand the scope of commitment required from them.