Prospective students

 

Present opportunities

 

I don't have any funded opportunities at the moment.

 

In making decisions I look primarily at: the quality (academic record and publications), interests and motivation of the applicant, the availability of funding, and the current number of students in the group (see above maximum positions).

 

If you are keen on working in our group start with a short note to me introducing yourself and enquiring about the current or near future availability of places and also send me the following:

 

1) A statement of interest that explains to me what motivates you to pursue a higher degree, what kinds of questions interest you, and why you think that you will be a suitable student.

 

2) A brief summary of the kind of project that you would like to work on.

 

3) A detailed CV that includes your work experience, publications and grades.

 

 

For a research masters degree

 

The degree of MSc (Wildlife Management) is directed at candidates wanting to pursue a research project (aligned with one of my research interests) within the CWM. Candidates must be in possession of a suitable BSc Honours degree, or equivalent science Honours, to qualify for admission and will be expected to undertake independent, full-time research, usually for two years that will be written up as a dissertation and one or two scientific papers.

 

 

For a research doctoral degree

 

The degree of PhD (Wildlife Management) is directed at candidates wanting to pursue a novel research project (aligned with one of my research interests) within the CWM. Candidates must be in possession of a suitable MSc degree to qualify for admission and will be expected to undertake independent, full-time research, for three years that will be written up as a dissertation and several papers in good quality peer-reviewed international journals. I will not take on any PhD students unless they have at least one first author paper in a reasonable journal and fulfil all the other normal requirements.

 

 

For a post-doctoral fellowship

Please e-mail me along with your CV (with a complete list of publications) and an outline of your academic interests. In future I will only be taking on post-docs who work directly on issues I am interested in and will be involved with. Post-docs should find their own funding and running costs.

 

 

Application procedure

 

You should check the university and faculty yearbooks to make sure you qualify for the degree you would like to do. After this write to me (as mentioned above) and on me accepting you within our group you need to apply to the University of Pretoria. That I have accepted you does not mean the university has accepted you and you may still not be allowed to register. This may be a result of your previous degree not being suitable or you not having high enough grades (so check first!). I work within the Centre for Wildlife Management which functions within the Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria. As such, applications are received by the University of Pretoria admissions office, processed and evaluated. On acceptance, the University will send you an official admission letter and your provisional student number. You may then proceed to the University for registration during January of your intended year of study. Please refer to the university website for prospective students for more information and the relevant forms.

 

International students

 

South African law requires an international student to meet a number of conditions before they are accepted to study at the University, including a valid study permit and medical insurance. Further details are available on the University website. Prospective international students must not proceed to South Africa without a valid study permit. As university qualifications vary considerably between countries, you should make an initial enquiry to the CWM before proceeding. You may need your previous qualifications to be verified by the South African Qualifications Authority (at your cost).

 

Further information can be obtained from:
Centre for Wildlife management
University of Pretoria
0002 Pretoria
South Africa
Tel. +27 (12) 420 2627
E-mail: mjs@up.ac.za