Graduate Student Opportunities with me
If you are interesting in doing a PhD with me you need a relevant Masters
degree, the background to do one of my projects, and the ability to write
a coherent proposal that demonstrates your own knowledge and ability to
Your first step
Study the departmental web page for details on
to apply. As part of the requirements, you need to write an expression of interest,
that I would like to see in the form of a short proposal showing you know how to
frame a research question and cite literature.
If you submit an proposal that’s a copy and paste job, I will not
consider you for PhD study.
Masters entry requirements are highly variable; the main requirement
is an Honours or equivalent 4 years of study. If you are interested
in Bioinformatics, I strongly recommend you consider the coursework
Masters programme on offer at Rhodes. Your options are:
- MSc by research over 2 years – you need to identify a
a research topic up front. Talk to me about what I can supervise.
- MSc coursework over 1 year – your choices in Computer
Science related topics are:
- Bioinformatics – a multidisciplinary programme
in which I participate
- Information security – offered
part-time over 2 years to suit industry practitioners; I generally
do not offer courses in this programme but may offer projects
I sometimes have funding from the National Research Foundation for some students.
The NRF generally only funds South African students. If you have a strong
track record it is possible they will make an exception, and there are
other funds that may be possible to access. I strongly encourage you to apply
for your own funding as NRF grantholder student support is inadequate.
Please check the Rhodes financial
aid pages for more options. Apply early – many options have closing dates long
before the February start of academic year.