SUN Postgraduate Online Application – Apply Now

By | February 28, 2022

Stellenbosch University SUN Postgraduate Online Application – Apply Now

SUN Postgraduate Online Application – Apply Now:

Applications for admission to honors degrees and postgraduate diplomas for the 2022 academic year

Everyone wanting to start a new qualification must apply for admission, including first-time Stellenbosch University SUN applicants, students changing to a new qualification and/or changing the specialization of their current qualification, and applicants in their final year of an undergraduate qualification who wish to continue with postgraduate studies.

Open up a world of possibilities by exploring our postgraduate program offering and joining our postgraduate community.
Our excellent research profile attracts postgraduate students in pursuit of advanced research degrees. ​​


SUN Postgraduate Online Application – Apply Now

Please familiarize yourself with the Stellenbosch University Admissions Policy and our Terms and Conditions​ for new applications.


All applicants must submit an official university application form via the University’s electronic application system.  ​​

​Your application will be considered as soon as we receive all your supporting application documents. If we do not receive all your documents by the closing date, your application will unfortunately not be considered. Your application documents as well as proof of payment (where applicable) must be uploaded online before the programs’ closing date. ​


SUN Postgraduate Online Application – Apply Now
  • ​​This form is required if you have been admitted to a program and would like to accept the conditional offer.​

(Students with special needs)​​

  • Many departments across the ten faculties may  require additional information from you that is not covered by the official university application form. These documents must accompany your application.​
  • PLEASE ​NOTE​: ​Students applying for programs within the Faculty of Military Science​ and University of Stellenbosch Business School must consult these environments directly
  • ​​Additional documents may include, but is not limited to 



Final school-leaving results ​Certificate awarded upon completion of High School displaying the percentage or grade symbol awarded for each subject passed.
Comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) ​A document that outlines your educational level, employment history, description of work experience, especially that is relevant to your application to study and contact details of three referees.
Confirmation of ​​Prospective Supervisor ​Applicants must make contact with a prospective academic supervisor who is active in their field of research interest. Please provide details of a prospective supervisor and evidence, in a form of an email, of contact with this supervisor.

Upload the email evidence (in a .msg format or as a pdf) as part of your formal application to the University.

Departmental form ​This document is specific to the program(s) for which the applicant is applying and requests additional information and/or provides additional guidance to the applicant.

Once you have clicked on one of the faculty blocks below,  departmental forms applicable to specific programs will be illustrated by a hyperlinked Y in the document. The hyperlink signifies that the document is downloadable.

Confirmation of employment and worksite access

Letter from the applicant’s employer confirming employment status and access to a worksite for the practical component of the program.


Honours research project
​The research project completed as part of the applicant’s Honours qualification.
Letter of motivation ​One-page document explaining what factors are motivating you to apply for the specific program(s) and describing what makes you a suitable candidate.
Portfolio ​A collection of your creative work or accomplishment illustrating your competencies and which is tailored to the specific program you are applying to.​
Proof of English Language proficiency​ If English is/was not the medium of instruction during your under- and/or postgraduate studies, you may be required to provide evidence of your English Language proficiency in the form of a formal, recognized English Language placement test result.

Review the University’s English Language requirements​.
​Proof of professional registration ​A recognized professional body grants professional registration on the grounds of attainment of a recognized standard of competence and education that permits practice of a profession.
Research proposal ​Consult the relevant program coordinator to enquire about the required length and format of this document for your program of interest.

Typically, a research proposal is a formal structured document that should address the “what”, “why” and “how” questions. It should include a working title, an overview, aims and objectives, research questions and methods, significance of the research as well as the body of literature (references) that you consulted in your literature review.

Statement of research interest ​This is a brief summary of the master’s/doctoral research proposal (1-3 pages in length) which outlines your area of research, aims of the research project and the research methodology you plan to use.
Summary of Master’s research ​A structured, formal document summarizing the research question that was stated, hypotheses that were tested, research methodology and results/recommendations presented (3-5 pages in length).


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Stellenbosch University’s academic year follows the calendar year.

Taught postgraduate programs usually commence lectures in February each year with a limited number of programs commencing in July. Where a postgraduate program consists of coursework it is important for candidates who have been admitted to arrive in time for the commencement of the program. Classes usually commence in late January or early February (or late July). Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.

New registrations for masters (by research) and doctoral programs must be finalized by the end of March or in some cases by the end of July each year.​


​Applicants for Master’s and doctoral degrees should note that some programs require an applicant to first make contact with a prospective supervisor and clarify their options before they are encouraged to formally apply.

Please check your program requirements here​. ​Provide the name of the prospective supervisor you have communicated with in your application.


Join our postgraduate community and become a part of an inclusive, diverse, innovative environment that strives to provide a positive and successful postgraduate student experience and promotes excellence, whilst developing a thriving research culture.

The following steps will guide you to successfully go through your application process:

  1. Explore your options. See what postgraduate programs we offer on the website lor postgraduate students.
  2. Make sure you meet the criteria. Each program has specific admission criteria. It is therefore important that you meet the minimum criteria for the program(s) before you apply.
  3. Apply online. You must submit your application online with all the required supporting documents before the closing date.
  4. We will review your application. Our work begins when we receive your application and supporting documents.
  5. Track your application status. Log in to the Applicant Portal to track your application status.
  6. Accept our offer. If we make you an offer, you must accept it by the deadline.
  7. Make it official. Upload your signed student contract and join our postgraduate community.

Online Application Closing date at Stellenbosch University SUN

The 2022 Stellenbosch University SUN Admission Closing date is scheduled as follows:

Important closing dates Open Close
Undergraduate applications & residences 6 April 31 July
Financial assistance applications at SU 3 May 31 August
NSFAS bursary applications 1 September 30 November
(NSFAS determines these dates; not the University)

Diploma in Public Accountability applications opens on 6 April and closes on 15 December (Telematic education)

All applicants who have successfully submitted their application forms should constantly check their online application status for more updates on their application.


Online Application Status Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access my Application Status Page?

When the college receives your application, you will receive an email from Stellenbosch University SUN with a username and PIN to log in to the application status page.

I did not receive the email to access my Application Status Page?

Please contact the Admissions Office

How do I apply for a program offered at the Stellenbosch University SUN?

To make an application for the courses offered at the TVET college, please visit the official website of the college to register and follow the steps to make your application.

I got a new email address, how do I update it?

Log in to the application status page. Click on “Change Email Address”. Then enter your new email address and click “Request Change”

I forgot my password for my Application Status Page, how do I retrieve it?

Check the Application Status page and follow the link to reset your password.

Contact Address of Stellenbosch University SUN

For more information and enquiries, contact the Stellenbosch University SUN below:

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