OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
About the Directorate
of Postgraduate Studies
The Directorate of Postgraduate
Studies operates under the division of the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic
Affairs and Research.
It is currently headed
by Acting Director, Postgraduate studies, Dr W Sinkala.
The Directorate provides
professional research support services to postgraduate students and
their supervisors and coordinates postgraduate research endeavours across
all faculties at the four WSU campuses.
The Directorate ensures
high academic and ethical standards in postgraduate research and deals
proactively with quality development, quality assurance, and quality
control. These are achieved by, amongst others, requiring all stakeholders
to adhere to the substantive and procedural requirements of the policies
on University Higher Degrees, Code of Good Practice, Plagiarism and
Intellectual property in addition to subscribing to the stipulations
of the national regulatory authorities and professional bodies.
The Directorate discharges
its duties by working cooperatively and collaboratively with the faculty
committees on Research Mentoring, Research Ethics, Research Development
and Higher Degrees. It also facilitates the institutional scrutiny of
postgraduate research progress and output through similar Senate Committees
at the university level.
At WSU, research is considered
as an essential and inseparable component of postgraduate studies. Postgraduate
research involves the scholarly investigation of a topic that leads
to the establishment of new knowledge and/or concepts and principles
that advance understanding of an academic discipline.
WSU prefers not to prescribe
approaches to solve particular research problems in order to enhance
innovation and creativity. Nevertheless, WSU expects those engaged in
postgraduate studies and their supervisors to act with the highest standards
of integrity in terms of research proposals, funding initiatives and
Adhering to high
ethical, professional standards
and their supervisors are expected to adhere to high ethical and professional
standards. Validity and reliability as well as critical reflection not
only in the planning and development of postgraduate research but also
honesty in the reporting of data are considered pertinent.
Plagiarism is prohibited
in postgraduate research outputs. Presenting postgraduate research work
in progress and research papers in postgraduate student research seminars
and in conferences are deemed as essential ingredients of postgraduate
studies at WSU. These are sponsored by the institution.
Funding for postgraduate
In addition, WSU not
only provides substantial funding for research-related expenses of postgraduate
students but also subsidises postgraduate students’ fees.
for postgraduate students
A postgraduate resource
room with networked computers and equipped with research software, operates
for the use of postgraduate students and supervisors. A Senior Librarian
dedicated to the Directorate caters for the needs of postgraduate students
and their supervisors with regard to the library and information services.
• Postgraduate Manual Part
A Section I, Part
A Section II, Part
Higher Degrees Template
Referencing Style (example guide)
• Information on Library Sources and Scholarly Journal access tutorial
• Microsoft Word Tutorial
For enquiries, contact
Ms Liziwe Pakati on (telephone) 047-502 2189/2225, (fax) 047-502 2775
or (email) firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com