The PhD programme is fully research-based and students may select their discipline of choice from the list below. The degree aims to enable advanced specialisation within a particular area of biomedical forensic science through research and application of prior knowledge, attitudes and skills in the discipline. The course enables students to be able to contribute a novel aspect of their discipline and become independent researchers in their field.

This is a degree by doctoral thesis of up to 80,000 words in length.  It must reflect a comprehensive and systemic grasp of a discipline‚Äôs body of knowledge with expertise and specialist knowledge in an area at the forefront of the discipline; a critical understanding of the most advanced research methodologies, techniques and technologies in the discipline; an ability to participate in scholarly debates at the cutting edge of an area of specialisation; and an ability to apply knowledge, theory and research methods creatively to complex practical, theoretical and epistemological problems. The candidate should demonstrate advanced information retrieval and processing skills and an ability to effectively present and communicate the results of research and opinion to specialist and non-specialist audiences, using the full resources of an academic/professional discourse.  The production of the thesis must meet international standards of scholarly and professional writing.

PhD: Biomedical Forensic Science

PhD: Forensic Genetics

PhD: Forensic Medicine

PhD: Forensic Toxicology

PhD: Forensic Entomology

If you are interested in applying for a PhD, please make direct contact with a convenor aligned with your discipline of choice. Refer to https://health.uct.ac.za/forensic-medicine/staff/academic for contact details.