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Prospective postgraduate students who wish to study at Nelson Mandela University in 2024 are invited to apply online for a postgraduate certificate, diploma, honours, master’s or doctoral degree using our online application system.

In order to ensure adequate time for application, processing and planning by the University and yourself, applications for early admission in 2024 should be submitted by 5 August 2023. Places in some qualifications are limited, and it is therefore in your best interest to submit your application form and ALL supporting documentation as soon as possible. Late applications may be considered after this date, if there is still space available in the course you wish to apply for, and on academic merit until 30 September 2023.

Masters and PhD applications are open throughout the year

Office of Research


  • Manages ethics processes for research involving both humans and animals.
  • Facilitates postgraduate student funding.
  • Offers Development workshops for both postgraduate students and staff.
  • Provides training and consultation for statistical needs of researchers.
  • Supports emerging researchers, including postdoctoral and research fellows.

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