MSc graduates (1972 - present)
 
Brian Bichanga - 2022 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Three-Dimensional Structure of Edge-On Disk Galaxies in the COSMOS Field to z = 0.5
Current position:
 
Robbie Lees - 2022 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Searching for ultra-compact binary stars with the MEERLICHT Southern All-Sky Survey
Current position:
 
Katlego Ramalatswa - 2022 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Multi-dimensional simulations of bow shocks of massive, high-velocity runaway stars
Current position: PhD student (Astronomy), Munich (D)
 
Aphiwe Bangiso - 2022 (Data Science: Astronomy)
Dissertation: Machine Learning techniques to discover and understand the population of flare stars in MeerLICHT data
Current position: Data scientist
 
Timothy Roelf - 2022 (Data Science: Astronomy)
Dissertation: Log mining to develop a diagnostic and prognostic framework for the MeerLICHT telescope
Current position:
 
Anke van Dyk - 2022 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Capturing transients: an application of biostatistics to astronomy
Current position: PhD student (Astronomy), SAAO/UCT
 
Munira Hoosain - 2021 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: The effect of the cosmic web on galaxy evolution in RESOLVE-A
Current position: PhD student (Astronomy), UCT
 
Omphemetse Mputle - 2021 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: The WiFeS ionized gas kinematics of the edge-on galaxy J1447-17
Current position:
 
Wanga Mulaudzi - 2021 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: The galaxy velocity function from MIGHTEE-HI early science data
Current position: PhD student (Astronomy), University of Amsterdam (NL)
 
Kelebogile Gasealahwe (nee Bonokwane) - 2021 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: SALT HRS and TESS observations of young multipolar planetary nebulae
Current position: PhD student (Astronomy), UCT/SAAO
 
Nadine Hank - 2021 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Exploring HI asymmetries in real and simulated galaxies
Current position: PhD student (Astronomy), University of Groningen (NL)
 
Petro Janse van Rensburg - 2021 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Characterisation of small, close-approaching near-earth asteroids
Current position: PhD student (Astronomy), SAAO/UCT
 
Jeremy Smith - 2020 (Data Science: Astronomy)
Dissertation: A statistical approach to automated detection of multi-component radio sources
Current position: Operations Manager, IDIA
 
Simon de Wet - 2020 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Transients in the errobox of GW910814
Current position: PhD student, UCT Astronomy
 
Geoff Murphy - 2020 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Stellar Halos: modelling formation in the L-galaxies 2020 semi-analytic model
Current position:
 
Orapeleng Mogawana - 2020 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Meshless hydrodynamic simulations of young supernova remnants
Current position: PhD student, UCT Astronomy
 
Dante Hewitt - 2020 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: MeerKAT observations of novalike cataclysmic variables
Current position: PhD student, University of Amsterdam (NL)
 
Trystan Lambert - 2020 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Galaxy groups in the updated 2MRS using a graph-theory based friends-of-friends algorithm
Current position: 
 
Ryan le Roux - 2020 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: XMM-Newton Survey of the Magellanic Bridge
Current position: Private Tutor, SmartScience
 
Wathela Alhassan - 2019 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Compact and Extended Radio Sources Classification using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks
Current position: PhD student (Astrophysics), Nikolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre
 
Nazir Makda - 2019 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Ultra Diffuse Galaxy Candidates in Stripe 82 Clusters
Current position: PhD student (Astronomy), UCT/SAAO

Abubakr Ibrahim - 2019 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Dispersion Measure Variations in Pulsar Observations with LOFAR
Current position: PhD student (Astronomy)
 
Themba Gqaza - 2019 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Optimisation of Galaxy Identification Methods on Large Interferometric Surveys
Current position: Data Scientist
 
Melaku Tafere - 2019 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Gas Flows and Feedback in Star-forming Galaxies
Current position: Data Science, University of Texas at El Paso (source: LinkedIn)
 
Anja Genade - 2018 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Stellar Occulations by Bodies in the Outer Solar System at the South African Astronomical Observatory
Current position: PhD student (Astronomy), SAAO/University of Cape Town
 
Tamlyn August - 2018 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Deconstructing the WISE Nearby Galaxy Population
Current position: 
 
Lauren Burnham-King - 2017 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Detecting the Magnetic Cosmic Web through Deep Radio Polarization Imaging
Current position: Data Scientist at Shutterstock, Ireland (source: LinkedIn)
 
Dr Julia Healy - 2017 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Using HI Stacking to Study Galaxy Properties in the Nearby Universe (Looking for Needles in the HI-stack)
Current position: Postdoctoral fellow ASTRON, Netherlands
 
Buntu Ngcebetsha - 2016 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Star Formation in the Bars of Nearby Galaxies
Current position:  Software Engineer, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (source: LinkedIn)
 
Simon Malinga - 2016 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Lenticular Galaxies - The One in the Middle
Current position: Mathematics educator, Department of Basic Education (source: LinkedIn)
 
Michael Hlabathe - 2016 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Post-common Envelope Binary Central Stars of Planetary Nebulae in the OGLE-IV Survey
Current position: PhD student, University of Cape Town / South African Astronomical Observatory
 
Dr Avishek Dusoye - 2015 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Accretion and outflow in black hole X-ray binaries 
Current position:
 
Wendyam Blaise Tapsoba - 2014 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Analysis of SALT Fabry-Perot medium resolution data 
Current position:
 
Louise Steward - 2014 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: The Integrated Sachs-Wolfe Effect with Planck and the 2MASS Photometric Redshift Catalogue
Current position: Educational Technologist (source: LinkedIn)
 
Dr Letjatji Legodi - 2014 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Multicolor Analysis of Galaxy Clusters with Radio Halos and/or Relics
Current position: Astrophysicist at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (source: LinkedIn)
 
Zwidofhelangani Khangale - 2014 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: A Spectroscopic Analysis of the Eclipsing Nova-Like EC21178-54
Current position: SARAO Postdoctoral Fellow, UCT
 
Dr Elizabeth Naluminsa - 2014 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Current position: SALT Fabry-Perot Fellow, South African Astronomical Observatory
 
Riona Ramraj - 2014 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Exploring Star Formation in Dwarf Galaxies at z = 1
Current position: Marketing and Technology Manager (Sub-saharan Africa), Uber, Netherlands (source: LinkedIn)
 
Dr Priscilla Chauke - 2014 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: WISEly Deconstructing the Great Andromeda Galaxy
Current position: Data Scientist, Hamburg, Germany (source: LinkedIn)
 
Dr Itumeleng Monageng - 2014 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: How circumstellar discs affect mass accretion in Be X-ray binaries
Current position: Lecturer (Astronomy), University of Cape Town, and SAAO
 
Dr Rajeev Manick - 2014 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: In Search of Binary Wolf-Rayet Central Stars of Planetary Nebulae
Current position: Scientific researcher at IPAG, Grenoble, France (source: LinkedIn)
 
Dr Toky Randriamampandry - 2013 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Homogeneous Sample of Dwarf and Spiral Galaxies to Test Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND)
Current position: Postdoctoral fellow, KAVLI Institute, Peking University, China
 
Dr Khaled Said - 2013 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: The NIR Isophotal Tully-Fisher Relation and its Cosmological Applications in the Zone of Avoidance
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia (source: LinkedIn)
 
Dr Getachew Mekonnen - 2013 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Gravitational Microlensing and the Search for Extrasolar Planets
Last known position: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Namibia (source: LinkedIn)
 
Dr Rocco Coppejans - 2013 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Current position: Project Manager, Coventry, UK (source: LinkedIn)
 
Dr Vinesh Rajpaul - 2012 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: A Novel Algorithm for Analysing Gravitational Microlensing Events
Current position: Research Associate in Experimental Astrophysics, Cambridge, UK (source: LinkedIn)
 
Dr Mpati Ramatsoku - 2012 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: HI Line Mapping of Large Scale Structures in the Zone of Avoidance
Current position: Senior Lecturer, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, RSA
 
Kosma von Maltitz - 2012 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: The Deep Optical ZoA Galaxy Catalogue in Vela - First Indications of Previously Hidden Large Scale Structures
Current position: Data Scientist (source: LinkedIn)
 
Bryoni Martin - 2012 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Last known position: Data analytics at Rand Merchant Bank (source: LinkedIn)
 
Dr Sally Macfarlane - 2012 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Spectral Analysis of the Helium Nova V445 Pup
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, South African Astronomical Observatory
 
Dr Deanne Coppejans (nee de Bude) - 2012 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Characterising the Dwarf Nova Population of the Catalina Real-Time Transient Survey
Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Warwick, UK
 
Dr Moses Mogotsi - 2012 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: A Comparison of the HI and CO Velocity Dispersions of Nearby Galaxies
Current position: SALT Astronomer, South African Astronomical Observatory
 
Dr Roger Ianjamasimanana - 2011 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: The HI Super Profiles of the THINGS Galaxies
Current position: Postdoctoral fellow at IAA, Spain (source: LinkedIn)
 
Henrik van Heerden - 2011 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Robotic Control of a Photometric Telescope
Last known position: PhD student, University of Johannesburg
 
Dr Wendy Williams - 2011 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: A Near Infrared Tully-Fisher Survey Behind the Galactic Plane
Current position: Scientist at SKA Observatory HQ, UK (source: LinkedIn)
 
Thuso Simon - 2011 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Current position: Head of Data and ML at Credrails (source: LinkedIn)
 
Dr Rojovola Zara-Nomena Randriamanakoto - 2011 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Super Star Cluster Candidates in the Star Forming Regions of Luminous Infrared Galaxies
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow (Astronomy), University of Cape Town
 
Zolile Mguda - 2010 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Current position: Lecturer (Physics), University of South Africa
 
Dr Bishop Mongwane - 2010 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Current position: Lecturer (Mathematics and Applied Mathematics), University of Cape Town
 
Dr Oyirwoth Abedigamba - 2010 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: The Structure of the Large Magellanic Cloud
Last known position: Senior Lecturer (Physics), Northwest University
 
Dr Francois Nsengiyumva - 2010 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Asymptotic Giant Branch variables in NGC 6822 
Last known position: PhD student, University of Kwazulu-Natal
 
Janus Brink - 2010 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: SALT Spectropolarimetry Commissioning
Current position: Southern African Large Telescope
 
Dr Tana Joseph - 2009 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Towards an HI Census of the Local Universe
Current position: Equity and Inclusion Officer for Dutch Astronomy (source: LinkedIn)
 
Nikki Pekeur - 2009 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Investigating the Relationship between the HI and Optical Diameter for a Sample of Galaxies from the Local Volume HI Survey (LVHIS)
Current position: PhD student, University of Cape Town
 
Prof Roger Deane - 2008 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: The Giant LSB Galaxy NGC1512: A High Resolution Analysis of the HI, Star Formation and Dark Matter in this Nearby Interacting Galaxy
Current position: SARAO SARChI Professor, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, RSA
 
Ewald Zietsman - 2008 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Time-series Photometry and Spectroscopy of the Cataclysmic Variable EC21178-5417: Exploring New Avenues with the Southern African Large Telescope
Last known position: Team Lead: Data Science and Engineering at 24.com (source: LinkedIn)
 
Dr Nebiha Shafi - 2008 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: A HI Search for Galaxies Hidden by the Galactic Bulge
Current position: Data Scientist (source: LinkedIn)
 
James Tagg - 2008 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Optimising the Near-Infrared Survey Strategy in Unveiling Hidden Galaxies in the Great Attractor
Current position: Director at Quicket (source: LinkedIn)
 
Dr Roslyn Skelton - 2007 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Current position: SALT Astronomer, South African Astronomical Observatory
 
Dr Paul Kotze - 2007 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: A Deep Photometric Survey of the Abell cluster SO423: A Pilot Study for the UCT SALT Supercluster Survey
Current position: Data scientist
 
Thapelo Tshenye - 2007 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Quality Control of Astronomical CCD Observations
Last known position: Financial analyst
 
Dr Ed Elson - 2006 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Heuristic Optimisation and Parameter Estimation Methods for Modern Cosmological Surveys
Current position: Lecturer (Physics and Astronomy), University of Western Cape
 
Karsten Markus - 2006 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Photometry of Elliptical Galaxies in Crowded Starfields
Current position:
 
Prof Michelle Cluver - 2005 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: Probing Distant Clusters: A Pre-SALT Photometric Survey of Intermediate Redshift Galaxy Cluster
Current position: ARC Future Fellow, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia
 
Michelle Wiehahn - 2005 (Astrophysics and Space Science)
Dissertation: An Investigation of Eclipsing Polars
Current position:
 
Dr Retha Pretorius - 2004 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Rapid Oscillations in Cataclysmic Variables
Current position: Astronomer, South African Astronomical Observatory
 
Dr Kurt van der Heyden - 2000 (Astronomy)
Current position: Senior Lecturer (Astronomy), University of Cape Town; Director: Strategic Science Support NRF
 
Dr Pierre Vermaak - 1998 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: The Detection of Gravitational Microlensing Anomalies
Current position: MD, Head of Data Forum, UBS, London, UK
 
Dr Liza van Zyl - 1997 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Pulsations in the White Dwarf Primary of a Cataclysmic Variable Star
Current position: 
 
Prof Thebe Medupe - 1997 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Atmospheric temperature structure in the RoAp stars 
Current position: Professor, Northwest University, Mafikeng
 
Yuri Andersson - 1997 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Southern Voids: Structure and Cosmological Implications
Current position:
 
Prof Lerothodi Leeuw - 1997 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: IRAS Oxygen- and Carbon-rich Miras Close to the Galactic Plane
Current position: Professor, University of the Western Cape
 
Kate Harrop-Allin - 1996 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Superhumps in AM Canum Venaticorum Stars
Current position:
 
Prof Peter Martinez - 1990 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: A Frequency Analysis of the Rapidly Oscillating Ap Star HD 101065
Current position: Professor (Electrical Engineering), University of Cape Town
 
Dr Guinevere Kauffmann - 1990 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Voids in the Distribution of Galaxies: An Assessment of their Significance and Implications for Large-Scale Structure Formation Theories
Current position: Director, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (Germany)
 
Sue Allen - 1986 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Rapid Oscillations in Cataclysmic Variables
Current position:
 
Brian Carter - 1984 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: The New SAAO Infrared Photometric Standards Based on the E Regions
Current position:
 
B S C Robertson - 1980 (Astronomy)
Current position:
 
Prof Chris Koen - 1976 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: Accretion disks in the Cataclysmic Variables 
Current position: Professor (Statistics), University of the Western Cape
 
Patrick Hurly - 1976 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: UBV Photometry of Close Visual Double Stars using an Area Scanner
Current position:
 
Anthony Brickhill - 1974 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: The Gravity Oscillations of White Dwarf Stars
Current position: 
 
John Harwood - 1973 (Astronomy)
Dissertation: On the Model for U Geminorum
Current position:
 
[Last updated: 26 December 2022]