UCT Post-graduate studies - Page 17



There isn’t a onestyle-fits-all approach
to supervision: it
depends on the
agreement you
establish between
you and your your
supervisor, and the
requirements of your
discipline or degree
programme.
4
SUPERVISION INVOLVES
A LONG-TERM WORKING
RELATIONSHIP, so try to get to
know your potential supervisor and their
areas of expertise before you make
a decision. Start by establishing an email
conversation and if possible schedule
a meeting with them in person.
Visit the Postgrad Hub for more
information about each faculty at UCT.
5
IF A SUPERVISOR DECLINES
YOUR REQUEST FOR
SUPERVISION, don’t take it
personally. Some academics are
already supervising as many students
as they can and you don’t want
a supervisor who is too busy to
give you the attention you need.
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6
DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF
RESEARCH YOU WANT TO DO –
particularly if it crosses a number
of fields of expertise or disciplines
– it might be useful to appoint one or
more co-supervisors. Co-supervision
by someone within or outside UCT is
possible, but your principal supervisor
should be employed at UCT. Discuss
whether you need co-supervision with
your supervisor or potential supervisor
when you get started.





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