The Division's popular and dynamic postgraduate programmes are research driven and aim to produce new and relevant knowledge which will help to transform and develop the practices of Speech-language Pathology and Audiology.

The Division invites enquiries from prospective students wishing to carry out research in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Three degree Programmes (by dissertation) are offered:

  • MSc. in Audiology (by dissertation)
  • MSc. in Speech-Language Pathology (by dissertation).

PhD in Speech-Language Pathology / Audiology (by dissertation).

Prospective PhD students are invited to consult UCT's Postgraduate Handbook and UCT's postgraduate pages.

Potential applicants should consider the research interests of the Division and contact potential supervisors based on the staff research interests listed. In addition to your own designated PhD Supervisors, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences affords opportunities to meet regularly with an advisory panel under the auspices of the Schools' Doctoral Quality Assurance Committee.

Entrance Requirements (MSc Programmes)
An applicant must have a BSc (Speech-Language Pathology), BSc (Audiology), or BSc (Logopaedics) from the University of Cape Town or hold an equivalent qualification from any other university recognized by the Senate. Applicants with other qualifications will only be considered at the discretion of the Head of Division and Senate.

All applications for the MSc. Degrees are managed by Salega Tape at the Postgraduate Office in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Please obtain application forms and submit completed forms to this office. The Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders will review all applications prior to acceptance. The university will send you a letter acknowledging your application. If you do not receive such a letter, please contact Adri Winckler (021) 406-6327 or via e-mail.

Registration is managed and undertaken by the Postgraduate Office in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The fees structure and other registration details will be available at the Postgraduate Office.

For both the MSc. in Audiology and the MSc. in Speech-Language Pathology: the student is required to complete a general postgraduate level research methodology course by the end of the first year of study.

Research course
Students may wish to register for the Research Methodology module offered in the School of Health and Rehabilitation. However, if a student is unable to take this module, they may register for an equivalent tertiary level module which covers qualitative and qualitative research methods at Masters' level.

Research supervisor
Each student will be required to have a primary supervisor. The student can discuss supervision possibilities with staff members and make their preferences known. The University of Cape Town's requirement is that the supervisor is in full-time employment at the university. You will have opportunities to meet staff members during the orientation period and during the programme to help you make choices. Please read through the profiles of staff members to assist you in making your choices about the area of research and supervision.

Description of Degree Programmes
Preliminary Requirements Students interested in obtaining their Masters should submit a letter of intention to study to the Head of Division, Assoc Prof. Shajila Singh or Postgraduate Convenor, Vivienne Norman. Your letter of intention to study must indicate your area of interest, and preferred primary supervisor. In addition to the primary supervisor, you will also be allocated a co-supervisor. The role and responsibilities of supervisors and procedural issues will be made available to you during the orientation and a memorandum of understanding is completed with your supervisor.

Programme Schedule
The programme offers whole group postgraduate research meetings and teaching, in addition to 1:1 meetings with individual supervisors. The whole-group meetings are necessary to facilitate networking, intellectual stimulation, presentations and discussion in addition to specific seminars and selected topics.

Whole-group meetings take place on 6-8 designated Saturday mornings per year (to avoid interfering with work commitments) from 9:00 - 13:00 and attendance is compulsory. Students will receive email reminders prior to the sessions with an outline of the agenda and the preparation that is needed.

Should you require further information, please contact Michal Harty.