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Over the past few years STADIO has seen a number of students complete their Master of Management degree, but who subsequently don’t qualify for the doctorate due to certain strict requirements.

STADIO then developed and offered the Bridging Programme in Thesis Success as a short learning programme.

We’re happy to report that the course is a resounding success. A vast majority of the students completed the first programme successfully and have articulated to continue their studies at doctoral level with STADIO.

Nine students who are busy with their doctoral proposal year, are alumni of the programme. These students have a head start because their final assignment in the Bridging Programme is a mock doctoral research proposal that can be refined into a formal doctoral proposal.

The course is offered online by an extremely experienced academic and researcher, Professor Elmarie Sadler. Students are supported through videos, lectures and regular interaction based on the work they submit.

The study material is designed to transform students’ minds into the doctoral mould under the guidance of their mentor.

The course consists of the following topics:

  • Choosing a Topic for a Thesis

  • The Spirit and the Nature of Science

  • Reading and Literature Review

  • The Logic of Research and Research Design 

  • Methodology and Research Ethics

  • Writing the proposal and the thesis

  • Relationship between Student and Supervisor

The course duration of the course is six months and to gain access applicants must have a qualification at SAQA Level 9 (master’s degree).


Students who complete the course receive a Certificate of Competence.

Professor Elmarie Sadler

 Professor Elmarie Sadler


DATE: July 2022 | DISCLAIMER: The content of this blog is accurate at the time of publication. STADIO reserves the right to change the content due to changes in legislation, as well as for market requirements and other reasons.