Colleges and Universities Offering PhD in Geography in South Africa

  • Course Name: PhD in Geography(Geography)
  • Major Subject: Geography
  • Course Category: Doctorate Courses

PhD in Geography offers an in-depth exploration of various geographical concepts and methodologies. Through rigorous research and analysis, students delve into the complexities of natural and human landscapes, geospatial technologies, urban planning, environmental conservation and sustainable development. This advanced degree equips graduates with a strong foundation in geographic knowledge, critical thinking, analytical skills and technical expertise.

With such a diverse skillset, PhD graduates in Geography can pursue a wide range of career opportunities including:

1. University professor/researcher
2. GIS analyst/specialist
3. Environmental consultant
4. Urban planner
5. Cartographer
6. Geographic information systems manager
7. Climate change analyst
8. Conservation scientist
9. Policy analyst
10. Data scientist

Institutions Offering PhD in Geography

  • University of Limpopo University of Limpopo, Polokwane  
    Course Entry Requirements:
    (a) A relevant Masters’ degree or equivalent qualification in relevant disciplinary area.
    (b) On special recommendation, including application of the RPL policy and strategy of the
    University of Limpopo and after consultation with and approval by the Head of Department.
    (c) In addition to those requirements above, the skills profile of potential students will be
    assessed and they may be required to qualify themselves with additional competencies as
    deemed to be essential by the Department.

    Course Duration:
    (a) Minimum two (2) years.
    (b) Maximum four (4) years.
  • University of Pretoria University of Pretoria, Pretoria  
    Admission Requirements:
    Relevant master’s degree
    A weighted average of at least 65% for the research component of the master’s degree

    Duration of study:
    2 years, full-time.
  • University of Johannesburg University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg  
    Admission requirements: For admission to the Doctorate in Geography a Master’s in Geography is required.

    Duration of programme:
    Minimum: 2 years
    Maximum: 4 years
  • University of Venda University of Venda, Limpopo  
  • University of the Free State University of the Free State, Bloemfontein  

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