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Masters and PhD

Postgraduate Degree in Information Technology: Masters and PhD

We are committed to advancing the field of ICT by means of quality research. The core focus of our research is developing contemporary and futuristic ICT innovations for foreseeable real world problems and opportunities.

Quick info

  • Master and PhD students that register full time do not pay fees
  • The minimum and maximum duration of the Masters and PhD Degrees are (1 year and 3 years) and (2 years and 4 years) respectively
  • Masters and PhD Degrees are done as full research projects and the associated thesis. There is no coursework.
  • Full time students may apply for University accommodation
  • International students who plan to reside in South Africa for the duration of their Degree will need to procure and pay for medical insurance (medical aid)

The Department of Information Technology is the primary organizer of the IEEE ICTAS conference. Visit: for more information.

Masters and PhD students can carry out their research in recently opened state of the art labs specially equipped to support high end research in IoT, Cloud Computing, Data Science, Big Data, Deep Learning, Image Processing and other areas.

Post graduate staff and their research interests:

millham Prof Richard Millham (PhD: Computer Science; MSc: Computer Science; MA: History)
Email: evolution, aspects of cloud computing with m-interaction, IoT, aspects of big data and creative computing. Current projects include IoT localisation systems, m-health, bio-inspired big data management and social media mining.

Prof Millham is a member of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer (UK), a Chartered Engineer Assessor and Senior Member of IEEE. He has served as President of the Workforce Committee under the IEEE Systems Council.He is conference chair for the IEEE-sponsored ICTAS conferences. See:

Prof Seraphin Desire Eyono Obono (PhD: Computer Science)
Aspects of e-Learning

Olugbara Prof Oludayo Olugbara (PhD: Computer Science; BSc: Mathematics)
Email: learning, computer vision, pervasive computing and smart city technology.Prof Olugbara is leader of the Information Communication Technology and Society (ICTAS) research group at Durban University of Technology. The ICTAS research group is engaged in evidence based research focusing on diverse societal applications of machine intelligence, pervasive computing and computer vision. He is the Dean of the Faculty of Accounting and Informatics.

heukelman Dr Delene Heukelman (D.Tech: Information Technology; M.Ed: Computers in Education; B.Sc (Hons): Mathematics; B.Sc (Education)
Email: of human computer interaction, e-Skills, e-Learning, learning management systems and IT education

20150325 Strayer Faculty Meeting Copyright 2015 Len  Spoden Photography. Dr Progress Mtshali (PhD: Information Systems; MSc: Information Systems; AS: Computer Technology; BSc: Chemical Engineering)
Email: is Head of Department Information Technology.IoT, computer networking, data analytics, database management, cryptography, compiler theory, computer programming, computational number theory and machine learning

NAlindren Naicker Dr Nalindren Naicker (PhD: Information Systems and Technology)
Email: Engineering and app development, information systems and technology education, mobile and e-learning, fuzzy set theory, application security and machine learning algorithms

Dr Steven Parbanath (PhD: Information Systems and Technology)
Email: education and Information systems modelling

Alveen Dr Alveen Singh (D.Tech: Information Technology)

Software engineering, information system theory, aspects of systems theory, project management and aspects of social theory

Dr Thakur1 Dr Colin Thakur (D.Tech: Information Technology)
Email:, social media, digitalisation, ICT4D, IoT, data analytics, unstructured big data, social media, graph theory, business intelligence, e-health, health informatics,  location-aware systems.

Dr Thakur is the Research Chair: Digitalisation. He is also the KZN e-Skills Director focussing on ICT for Development (ICT4D). Dr Thakur is recognised as an international expert on e-voting a topic he delivers seminars while conducting country-level advisory. He writes extensively on social media and its constructs. He was past KZN Chapter Chairman for many years of the “The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) as well as National Treasurer.”

JWing Dr Jeanette Wing (PhD: Information Technology)

Systems thinking, the social construction of requirements, software engineering, the user experience (UX) and ERP systems


We support quality research within the greater Computing discipline and multi-disciplinary Masters and PhDs. Our department is often home to visiting Professors and Post Doctorate fellows. Their research and projects supplement the above areas and sometimes introduce new areas of interest. Both national and international students enjoy success in our Masters and PhD Degrees.

Application For: Master of Information and Communications Technology

Application For: PhD in Information Technology

Post graduate student guide

Master of ICT research: a few of our student’s projects
PhD: a few of our student’s projects
  • Developing web based WSN system for soil monitoring in a greenhouse
  • Developing a heuristic enhanced data analytics algorithm to model Tuberculosis (TB) health data
  • Predicting reliability for mobile apps using machine learning
  • Integrating magnetic resistance coupling with radio frequency energy to wirelessly charge mobile device batteries
  • Examining the perceptions of teachers on the ability of e-learning based life orientation courses to reduce substance abuse in schools
  • Real-Time tracking of persons in distress phase situations
  • Improving local feature extraction methods: an application to facial recognition
  • A malaria intervention framework to enhance health promotion in rural communities through mobile technology and health animations
  • A Twitter perspective on the #feesmustfall Campaign
  • Evaluation of barriers and critical success factors in adoption of e-voting system: A Case study of SA and Nigeria
  • Improved user experience in agile software projects
  • Resolving automation of skin melano cytic lesion diagnosis using mobile cloud technology
  • Evaluation of barriers and critical success factors in adoption of e-voting system: A Case study of SA and Nigeria
  • Recognition of speech emotion in call centres conversations
  • Metaheuristic search algorithm for big data analytics and visualisation of frequently changed pattern/items