The Centre of Criminology offers a PhD to distinguished, selected students. Our PhD topics vary in fields, and are often multidisciplinary. Selection is dependent on academic record, supervision availability, and topic relevance.  


For PhD or Mater's by research only: If you wish to study at the Centre of Criminology, email us with the following: ·     

  • A brief 2-page summary of the research you intend to undertake with the Centre;
  • A 1-2 page cover letter that motivates your topic and stating why you chose UCT/the Centre;   
  • A recent example of writing (e.g. previous dissertations, thesis, publications); and     
  • Your CV with study records.

After feedback from the Centre, you may apply to study online as per the instructions or guidelines for postgraduate degree applicants on the University of Cape Town's website.


UCT's Postgraduate Funding Office (PGFO) offers a limited number of scholarships for international postgraduate students. While UCT undertakes to assist as many students as possible, the scholarships are not guaranteed.

To apply for a UCT PGFO scholarship, you need to have been accepted for study. You should then attach your acceptance letter, together with other relevant documents as prescribed by the PFO, to your application. The closing date for submission of applications is 31 July each year for funding in the subsequent year.

Please note that the international postgraduate scholarships are not full-cost scholarships, therefore you would still have to ensure that you come to South Africa with enough money to cover your tuition, accommodation and general living costs.

For further information on the scholarships available for international students, contact Overseas Postgraduate Awards by email or visit the Postgraduate Funding Office pages.