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Programme fees for 2018



(1st year of registration) 



(2nd year of registration)



(3rd and following years of registration)


  Students from South Africa


R42 021


R42 021

R5 440

 ​Students from Southern African Development  Community (SADC) countries 


R45 716


R45 716​

R5 440

 International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC countries) 


R49 831 


R49 831


R5 440


International students from the rest of the world

R49 831 

R49 831 
R5 440


Students from Southern African Development  Community (SADC) countries 

R3 695

International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC countries) 

R7 810

International students from the rest of the world

R7 810
Students from South Africa​
R  9 180
Students from SADC countries
R22 858​
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)

R24 916​


International students from the rest of the world
R24 916


​​ Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) 



  • South African students can pay the full programme fees upon registration or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September.
  • The fees for 2nd year of enrolment and subsequent years of enrolment will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. Foreign students must pay a deposit of 50% of the annual programme fees on acceptance to the programme and the balance prior to, or upon registration. The deposit is deducted from the programme fee. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is not refundable.
  • €1 = about R14.39; US$ 1 = about R12.87 (28 May 2017).
  • ·Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

Bursaries and scholarships 

  • Financial support for full-time PhD students: Bursaries or scholarships are available. An application for financial assistance will only be considered after acceptance of the comprehensive proposal.
  • Facilities and services for PhD students: This includes an office, and access to IT facilities, an onsite library and other support services.
  • Attending conferences and workshops: Financial support is available in the doctoral programme budget to enable full-time scholarship PhD students to attend and present papers at conferences and workshops.
  • Providing teaching and research assistance: Full-time scholarship students are expected to be present at USB for approximately 100 hours per year for contractually negotiated tasks such as teaching and research assistance.