The doctoral phase begins when you are officially accepted as a doctoral candidate by your faculty. To be accepted for a doctoral programme you must meet the prerequisites for admission and have a binding offer of supervision from a member of the teaching staff. You must apply in writing for acceptance as a doctoral candidate before commencing work on your dissertation. The dissertation is an independent piece of research which forms the actual core of the doctoral phase. It is normally a monographic, self-contained treatment of a research topic which complies with the rules of good scientific practice.
The dissertation is assessed by a team of reviewers. Only once the dissertation has been positively reviewed and accepted will you be invited to an oral examination.
The oral examination is a part of the doctoral programme, which you must pass in order to obtain your doctorate.
Before starting work on your dissertation, you submit a written request to the university for acceptance as a doctoral candidate and prove that you meet the prerequisites for acceptance.Acceptance
The dissertation is the most important piece of doctoral work. It demonstrates your ability to tackle academic problems independently and therefore make a contribution to knowledge in your field.Dissertation