Commerce, Administration & Management
Qualification / Course Information
The STADIO Bridging Programme for Thesis Success is a unique bridging programme to equip and support master’s students who would like to enrol for a Doctoral Degree, especially the STADIO Doctor of Policing and Doctor of Management degrees.
The purpose of the programme is to provide students with the required skills and methodological knowledge for a full research dissertation. It is aimed at students who have obtained a master’s degree, but who are not regarded as ready yet for a doctorate.
The six-month Bridging Programme is offered under the auspices of the Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research. Successful candidates with an appropriate Master's degree gain admission to doctoral degree studies at STADIO, subject to normal terms and conditions.
The course is presented by the vastly experienced academic, supervisor and author, Prof J C Pauw. Prof Pauw has decades of experience in the higher education sector and has designed a unique course which differentiates itself from standard methodology courses.
Eminent academics will be involved at crucial stages of the course, including Prof Johann Mouton, whose textbook, How to succeed in your Master’s & Doctoral Studies – A South African Guide and Resource Book, is prescribed.
Full support is provided by the lecturer as well as additional academics specifically focused on thesis guidance and student support during the research process. This includes a full suite of formative assignments, occasional lectures and group interaction.
Student support is enhanced through our online interactive communication tool, electronic documents and websites, e-journals and e-books, research related videos, interactive feedback and supportive communication at all times.
THE ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR THE BRIDGING PROGRAMME IN THESIS SUCCESS ARE:
an appropriate Master’s degree (NQF Level 9)
STADIO is committed to achieving inclusion and to overcome barriers to access and success in higher education. Applicants who do not meet the stated admission criteria, but who have relevant work experience and/or prior learning may apply for admission under the policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). STADIO admits a maximum of 10% per cohort via RPL. The implementation of RPL is context-specific, in terms of discipline, programme and level. Further information may be obtained from your Student Recruitment Advisor.
This bridging course consists of the following content:
Choosing a topic for a thesis
Research design and methodology
The logic of research
The mutual relationship between student and supervisor