Current Postgraduate Student Representative for the Division is  Kirstin Snyckers & Zak Davidson.

Postgraduate students are advised to regularly monitor the postgraduate website on Vula for information such as updates, notifications, deadlines, funding and so forth.

UCT offers additional services to assist researchers with various aspects of the research process, including tools for collaboration, consultancy services, data storage mechanisms, grant-writing assistance, high-performance computing, research data management solutions, and data visualisation tools. These are offered by UCT’s eResearch group, details of which are available on their homepage.

Helpful links:

Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Handbook

Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Office

Funding opportunities:

Fees are in the postgraduate handbook see above.


Human ethics

Animal ethics



UCT’s Responsible Conduct of Research framework comprises the following  policies:

These policy and procedure documents, may be found here.

  • Authorship Practices Policy
  • Conflict of Interest and Commitment to Teaching and Research Policy & Procedures
  • Research Misconduct Procedures
  • Policy on Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Whistle-blowing Policy of Academic Misconduct
  • UCT Research Ethics Code for Research Involving Humans
  • UCT Code for Use of Animals in Research and Teaching

The Authorship Practices Policy is summarised below:

UCT requires researchers to publish scholarly and scientific results of research conducted under its auspices, both for public good and the furthering of research. The premise of this policy is that publication must give appropriate credit to all authors for their roles in the research. The allocation of credit to those involved in the research through assignment of authorship is paired with the responsibility for the integrity of the research and its publication. The core value underpinning this guideline is justice, made manifest by processes that foster the principles of fairness, transparency, and reasonableness. Authorship may be allocated by one of two methods: (1) the traditional method (e.g. vary the sequence of names in particular disciplines), and (2) the Contributor-Guarantor Model. UCT’s recommendation is for method 1. Details on the responsibilities and expectations of authors, principles for judging eligibility for authorship, and dispute resolution mechanisms may be found within the Policy document.


UCT Intellectual policy


The purpose of UCT’s Intellectual Property Policy (“Policy”) is to form the framework within which research outputs may be made available in a form that will most effectively promote their development and use for economic and social benefit. It goes further to provide recognition and incentives for innovative contributions of individual researchers and provide for more effective utilisation of Intellectual Property (“IP”).

The Policy applies to all employees and students who produce patentable inventions, prepare copyrighted works, contribute substantially to the existence of any tangible research property, or otherwise create an item of IP, whilst at UCT.

All IP generated by employees and students of UCT belongs, in its entirety, to the University, with the exception of specific scenarios outlined in Section V:7. Further to this, UCT holds copyright in all IP works with the exception of scholarly and literary publications (including theses), wherein the copyright is assigned to the author(s). The latter is excepted on condition that UCT retains a royalty-free right to publish a thesis in any form. Students may grant permission to publishers to publish their thesis in whole or part, subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions not infringing on the rights UCT retains.

With reference to commercialisation of IP, UCT may sell or assign ownership of the technology to an existing company, license the technology to an existing company, or start a new company. The creator of the commercialised IP will be granted a right to a portion of the revenues that accrue to UCT, subject to conditions outlined in Section VI:14.


Anatomical Quality Assurance (AQUA) Checklist


If students are experiencing any problems, including conflict and victimization, depending on the problem, they should speak to their supervisor, Postgraduate student representative, Head of Division or Head of Department, or someone in the postgraduate office. These meetings can be off the record and in complete confidence, but we encourage all of our students to seek advice and help when needed. 

Health, Wellness and Counselling Services Any student in distress may call UCT’s Student Careline on 0800 24 25 26, or SMS 31393 for a call-me-back. Victims of sexual violence may contact the Sexual Assault Response Team via their 24-hour Hotline: 072-393-7824.

UCT has a comprehensive health, wellness and counselling offering, comprising the following services:

  1. Student Wellness Service: This service comprises two tiers:
    • A comprehensive outpatient health service staffed by medical practitioners and nurses, contactable via the toll-free Student Careline: 0800 24 25 26. More information available here.
    • A student counselling service offering predominantly short-term counselling and psychotherapy, similarly contactable via the toll-free Student Careline.
  2. Sexual Assault Response Team: This team works to ensure that survivors of sexual violence of any kind access survivor-centred, compassionate care. They are contactable via a 24-hour hotline: 072-393-7824. More information is available here:
  3. Discrimination and Harassment Office (DISCHO): A service which exists to assist any member of the UCT community in matters of discrimination, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and rape. The service comprises Student Support Officers, Sexual Harassment Advisors, Anti-Discrimination Advisors, and mediators. The office may be contacted on (021) 650-3530. More information is available here:
  4. UCT Disability Service: A service which exists to assist students with any disability in line with UCT’s Disability Policy. Students with disabilities are encouraged to register with the Disability Service as soon as possible after registering at UCT. More information available here.

Additional emergency contact information is available here, and here.