PhD | Information Systems

Doctor of Philosophy

Information Systems




The year 2015 will be the seventeenth year of the UCT PHD in Information Systems program. As at 2014, 30 students had graduated from the programme. While the program was first announced in April of 1998, in fact the program dates from discussions held with members of the Department of Information Systems as early as May of 1995. At that time, in the headiest years of the RDP and the transformation movements in South Africa, the idea was mooted that any program in Information Systems should take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the transformation. In fact, it was clear then, as it is clearer now, that South Africa is a laboratory of change, potentially driven, or at least partially fueled, by modern technology. This program is the culmination of many years of thought at UCT, in the Department of Information Systems, and other institutions. The original goals of the program have been shown to be relevant and persistent, as evidenced by the mushrooming since of the IT4D research movement globally.     The program attempts to combine two distinct efforts. First, it attempts to create practising, experienced, qualified academics who know information systems and can guide information systems research efforts. This kind of person is essential in any modern nation as the role of technology in society and commerce continues to grow. Second, this program meets an additional practical need, that of being able to harness the power of information technology to national aims. In the case of South Africa and Africa generally these national aims include "upliftment","reconstruction", reconciliation, "redevelopment", or other similar terms. It is also a case of coping with being a modern nation in a globalised economy while repairing the damage of the past. Therefore, our doctoral program attempts to marry excellence in research with the needs of Africa by promoting in-depth investigation of Information Systems topics to the benefit of the continent and the IS discipline.      


For more information on the program content please contact the course convenor Prof Irwin Brown. For information on the application process, please contact our postgraduate course administrator



Last updated : 20 Jan 2015

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