Prospective students

Research Masters Degree

The degree Magister Scientiae is directed at candidates wanting to pursue a research project under one of the research programmes within CERU. Candidates must be in possession of a suitable honours degree, or equivalent, to qualify for admission and will be expected to undertake independent research, usually for a period of two years that will be written up as a dissertation and a scientific paper.

Research Doctoral Degree

The degree Philosophiae Doctor is directed at candidates wanting to pursue a novel research project under one of the research programmes. Candidates must be in possession of a suitable MSc degree, or equivalent, to qualify for admission and will be expected to undertake independent research, usually for a period of three years that will be written up as a dissertation and several scientific papers.

Post-doctoral fellowships

Please send an e-mail enquiry to Professor Rudi van Aarde at rjvaarde@zoology.up.ac.za, along with your CV and an outline of your academic interests. We also require three referees' reports and copies of your scientific papers detailing your academic ability and potential benefit to the University.

Application procedure

The Conservation Ecology Research Unit functions within the Department of Zoology and Entomology in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria. As such, applications are received by the University 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.

NB: You should make an initial enquiry to CERU before proceeding with the University's formal application process. Please send your enquiry, via e-mail, to Professor Rudi van Aarde at rjvaarde@zoology.up.ac.za, along with your CV and an outline of your academic interests.

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 CERU before proceeding with the formal application process of the University of Pretoria.

Further information on making an application to study conservation ecology at the University can be obtained from:
Conservation Ecology Research Unit
Department of Zoology & Entomology
University of Pretoria
0002 Pretoria
South Africa
Tel. +27 (12) 420 2753
E-mail: ceru@zoology.up.ac.za