The Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University offers a one-year Pre-Doctoral (‘Pre-Doc’) programme in conjunction with the main PhD programme. Being part of the Pre-Doc programme enables candidates to become immersed within the field of higher education studies without formally registering for the PhD. Candidates work closely with a mentor to develop foundational knowledge of the field and to explore and refine their research ideas in a supportive space.
In 2023, the Pre-Doc programme will follow the same structured cohort model programme provided for the registered doctoral candidates. Modules include:
Upon successful completion of the structured programme, successful Pre-Doc candidates will be invited to join the 2024 PhD cohort.
There are a number of reasons for people being Pre-Docs rather than registered Doctoral scholars. Pre-Docs may elect to participate in the programme in this more informal manner because they are unsure of their research field or topic and use the programme as a mechanism of support through which to determine this. Alternatively Pre-Docs may be advised to join the programme because they are new to the field of Education or a particular specialisation within the field and need the additional time to become familiar with this or to grapple with conceptual and theoretical issues.
There are numerous benefits associated with participation in the programme such as having a community of fellow researchers with whom to engage, having access to a forum to present one’s ideas and plans and having access to various resources.
The Pre-Doc year contributes to Pre-Docs being able to:
To apply for the Pre-Doc programme in 2023, please email the following documents to Dr Kirstin Wilmot (firstname.lastname@example.org):
The application deadline is 14 December 2022
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