A research student submits a 60, 120 or 180 credit dissertation for examination. Students must inform the Faculty Office of their intention to submit for examination prior to actual submission for examination, by uploading the following to PeopleSoft:
Please see Student Upload Intention to Submit Guide
The final dates for submission of dissertations are:
What does ‘qualify’ mean?
A student qualifies when he or she has met the requirements for the degree/diploma which is ratified by the FEC and approved by SEC. Graduation may take place weeks or even months after this approval process. A student may apply for a transcript which will show that the qualification has been completed and that graduation will take place on a date some time in the future.
What does ‘graduate’ mean?
A student graduates at a congregation of the University of Cape Town. That is, a graduation ceremony where the degree or diploma is conferred upon him/her. The graduation date appears on the certificate and transcript.
Kindly note that the University of Cape Town does not undertake to reach a decision on the award of the degree by any specific date. We will inform you once your examination process has been completed.
Please note that these dates are not necessarily in line with the fee rebate dates – please see point 5 below for the deadlines for fees.
After consultation with the supervisor a candidate hoping to graduate midyear / end of the year is required to submit via PeopleSoft to the Faculty Office:
Please include the following in your dissertation - a signed declaration which states: "I know the meaning of plagiarism and declare that all the work in the document, save for that which is properly acknowledged, is my own. This thesis/dissertation has been submitted to the Turnitin module (or equivalent similarity and originality checking software) and I confirm that my supervisor has seen my report and any concerns revealed by such have been resolved with my supervisor."
Please note that only online submissions of the dissertation is required. You do not need to submit a hardcopy.
Please check your PeopleSoft within a week to see if your service request was accepted or declined. If no action was taken, please contact the Faculty Office.
Please note this requirement is only for those completing a 120 / 180 credit dissertation.
You are in addition required to submit a summary of the key aspects of the dissertation, presented in the form of a paper which is, potentially, of publishable standard, approved by the supervisor. The final date for receipt of the hardcopy paper by the Faculty Office shall be:
Note: The Paper requirement is intended to develop a candidate's skills in academic communication through exposure to the discipline of preparing a scholarly, succinct overview of the subject of the research topic, with due attention to structure, detail, clarity of expression and referencing. If you have not already done so, you must liaise with your supervisor and take appropriate steps to satisfy this requirement.
You are required to submit the following to the Faculty Office:
The following is an extract taken from the Fees Handbook (Submission of Doctoral Theses and Master's Dissertations) on rebates. Refer to the Fees Handbook (No. 8.2) for the exact fee deadline dates. Kindly note that these are not Faculty deadline dates, but fee deadline dates:
A rebate on the annual academic fee for a masters’ dissertation is granted in the second or subsequent year in which the dissertation is being completed.
Note that the above deadlines only pertain to the initial submission of the dissertation. Where a student is required to revise and resubmit a thesis or dissertation the appropriate academic fee will apply (refer to Fees Handbook, No. 8.3):
Should you be entitled to a rebate, this will only take effect once we know the outcome of your dissertation.
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POSTGRADUATE ADMINISTRATORS IN THE DEPARTMENTS
The Postgraduate Administrators in the departments and their email addresses are:-
* Architecture, Planning & Geomatics: Naomi Gihwala
* Chemical Engineering: Belinda Davids
* Civil Engineering: Rowen Geswindt
* Construction Economics & Management: Mareldia Fagodien
* Electrical Engineering: Nicole Moodley
* Mechanical Engineering: Tasha Dilraj
* Energy Research Centre: Fazlin Harribi