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Postgraduate Research Degrees at the Centre of Criminology

Postgraduate research degrees are available at the Centre of Criminology, and can be applied for at any time during the year. Please note, however, that the University of Cape Town has its own stipulations regarding due dates and deadlines for acceptance as a student, and that the Centre of Criminology has no power to influence this process. Contact should be made with us in order to secure a supervisor for your research, as written confirmation of interest in your research is a requirement for acceptance to the Faculty of Law.

If you would like to contact the Centre in relation to supervision or postgraduate studies in general, please contact us using the details. In order to submit your application for postgraduate supervision to the Centre of Criminology, please include the following information with any correspondence to criminology@uct.ac.za:

  • A brief thesis proposal
  • An updated CV and list f publications
  • A photocopy of your ID/passport/permanent residence or study permit
  • Certified copies of your academic transcripts
  • Your full contact details and address
  • For PhD applications, please include a copy of your Masters thesis or mini-thesis 

This information will be forwarded to the staff at the Centre and discussed during each staff meeting. Should a member of staff agree to supervise your research, you will be contacted with information on what steps are necessary in order to apply to the University of Cape Town.

Masters by Dissertation and PhD's at the Centre of Criminology

The Centre of Criminology also offers a dissertation-only Master’s-, and PhD programmes for students. Under the supervision of a staff member, students may conduct research on a topic approved by their supervisor (as relating to the current ongoing research portfolios or the broader field of criminology, justice, and governance). 

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

Please see full details for postgraduate funding at the Postgraduate Funding Office’s official page.

In 2014 the SARChI Chair in Justice and Security was handed to Prof. Mark Shaw. Both PhD and Masters Research Scholarships are therefore focused on topics in line with the Chairholder’s research portfolio, which speaks to detailed qualitative work conducted on urban security, illicit trafficking and transnational organised crime in South Africa and Africa at large.

Each year, a call for submissions for PhD and Masters applications is advertised and appropriate candidates are selected against a pre-confirmed criterion. Once communications / nominations for scholarships have been confirmed via Prof. Mark Shaw and the Centre of Criminology in writing (see above), potential students must then apply to the University online for acceptance to the Faculty of Law. Acceptance is confirmed by the Higher Degrees Committee, and a successful nomination is conditional on successful acceptance to the Faculty of Law. 

 

The SARChi Chair in African Justice and Security

SARChI is a flagship initiative of Government designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African universities. It is intended as a research capacity development intervention by the Department of Science and Technology that is being administered by the National Research Foundation. Since the inception of this intervention in 2006 The University of Cape Town has secured 26 chairs of the 72 awarded nationally. Operating as staff and student clusters that do research in specific areas, the SARChI structures are successful incubators of excellence and have increased the intake of postgraduate students at the University of Cape Town. 

The programme has been successful in retaining leading South African scientists in the university system while also attracting leading foreign and expatriate researchers to the system and strengthening research collaboration between industry, science councils and universities. The main goal is to strengthen and improve research and innovation capacity of universities in producing high quality postgraduate students, research and innovation outputs and transform the research and innovation workforce.

SARChI is intentionally designed to target the established research community with the view to supporting them towards increased research and innovation outputs as well as strengthening the human capital development pipeline of the next generation of researchers and emerging researchers. 

Government has identified the eradication of poverty as a national priority to ensure a better life for all and to consolidate and deepen our democracy and enhance social cohesion. In this regard, particular emphasis is being placed on rural development, food security and land reform; as well as strengthening social and public institutions such as provincial and local governments and building sustainable human settlements and improving the quality of household life. It is important that scientific research and innovation are used to support this national imperative. 

Each year, a call for submissions for PhD and Masters applications is advertised and appropriate candidates are selected against a pre-confirmed criterion. Once communications/nominations for scholarships have been confirmed via Prof. Mark Shaw and the Centre of Criminology in writing (see above), potential students must then apply to the University for acceptance to the Faculty of Law. Acceptance is confirmed by the Higher Degrees Committee, and a successful nomination is conditional on successful acceptance to the Faculty of Law. 

 

Research and publications by academic staff & students 

All research is centrally administered by the Law Faculty's Research Office which serves to advance quality research and ensure conformity with ethical standards. The Faculty of Law has two research committees: the Faculty Research and Social Responsiveness Committee and the Research Ethics Committee. In addition, a Law Faculty representative sits on the UCT Social Responsiveness and Working Group Committee. The overall management of research degrees in the law Faculty is through the Higher Degrees Committee, which brings together high-level social research, legal and methodological expertise, strongly encouraging inter-disciplinary work.  

 


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