Doctor of Public Administration (DAdmin)


The DAdmin is a full research doctoral programme. The programme provides an ethically defensible bridge for professionals who are moving beyond their primary discipline into organisational leadership positions and who are required to work in the dynamic complex environment of contemporary Africa and its transition agenda. Doctoral students are required to demonstrate a comprehensive and high level of thinking, enquiry and insight by exploring untapped scientific territories in pursuit of universal knowledge within a changing local, provincial, national, regional, continental and international environment through African scholarship and critical engagement with communities. Students must not just engage in meaningful and sound academic discourse in various contexts of public governance, but also write scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Working at the most advanced academic levels, the outcome culminates in the production of a thesis which creates new knowledge.

Programme Structure

While there is no coursework required of students, students must attend regular sessions with her or his supervisor, follow instructions from supervisors, and submit progress reports twice a year. Students are further expected to attend research and writing workshops convened by the discipline, the School of Management, IT and Governance or the College of Law and Management Studies, present papers at conferences and publish at least one article in an approved peer-review journal. Registrants may undertake full-time or part-time study. The requisite 256 credits are earned solely through thesis research and production.

Entry Requirement

As a research-based degree, a master’s degree in Public Governance or a cognate discipline with a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical application is a requirement. A module in Research Methodology at a postgraduate level is required.

Programme supervisors

Students enter into a contract with his or her supervisor to govern the research experience.

Closing dates for applications

There is no closing date for students wishing to undertake full research master or doctoral studies. Potential students may apply at any time during the year

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Westville campus
Tel: +27 (0) 31 260 7264/8162

Pietermaritzburg campus
Tel: +27 (0) 33 260 6152
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