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Degrees in Environmental & Geographical Science

The department offers a number of degrees for students registered in either the Faculties of Science or Humanities.

Undergraduate Degrees

A BSc or BA degree is available with an Environmental & Geographical Science major. The requirements to register for EGS is Matric Physical Science or Geography on Higher Grade, or an 'A' on Standard Grade. In addition, students must check the entrance requirement of the faculty through which they wish to register.
Details of application procedure can be obtained here.

A number of undergraduate courses are offered to students. Please check the details of these courses and contact the course coordinator if you require further information.



POSTGRADUATE DEGREES

We have exciting postgraduate study opportunities informed by our diverse research expertise. The discipline draws on knowledge and skills from both the natural and social sciences and our graduates leave with the confidence and skills to work in an array of sectors.



HONOURS DEGREE

Students with a completed undergraduate three-year degree may apply to the honours programme through the Faculty of Science or through the Faculty of Humanities.
Two different degrees are offered at this level depending on specialisations; Environmental & Geographical Science or Atmospheric Science.

Entry into the EGS Honours programme is quite competitive. Interested students are adviced to check the deadlines and submit all required materials on time. More information about this degree can be found on the Honours webpage http://www.egs.uct.ac.za/honours.html.


If you have additional queries about our honours programme, please contact the postgraduate coordinator, Dr Pippin Anderson (pippin.anderson@uct.ac.za).




MASTERS DEGREE

The department currently offers a Masters degree in Environmental & Geographical Science, through either a combination of taught courses and short dissertation or through complete dissertation.

Masters in Environment, Society and Sustainability (MPhil)
The MPhil in Environment, Society and Sustainability, is an 18-month programme aimed at students with no prior experience in Environmental and Geographical Science. It aims to provide training in Environmental Management theory and practice. Students with an Honours degree in any discipline other than Environmental and Geographical Science may apply for entry into this programme. More information about this degree can be found on the MPhil webpage: http://www.egs.uct.ac.za/mphil

Masters in Climate Change and Development
This one-year taught Masters course provides an interdisciplinary training in climate change and sustainable development, with a specific focus on the issues of relevance to African development. It is convened by UCT's African Climate and Development Initiative, a coalition of academics and research units from across the University with a shared interest in interdisciplinary research and solutions to the climate change problem. More information can be found at the course webpage: http://www.egs.uct.ac.za/ccd

Masters in Environmental & Geographical Science - by coursework and dissertation
The MA/MSc in Environmental and Geographical Science is an 18-24 month programme in which students complete coursework and a dissertation in one of three research areas: Atmospheric Science, Human Geography, Physical Geography, and Environmental Management. Students with an Honours degree in Environmental and Geographical Science, or equivalent, may apply.

Masters in Environmental & Geographical Science - by dissertation
Students may enrol for this degree through the Faculties of Science or Humanities. They will be expected to conduct research under the supervision of a member of staff within the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science.

Please use the departmental website (http://www.egs.uct.ac.za) to access information about the various research interests and staff in the department. Please ensure that you consider this information carefully so that you determine if your research interests fit with Departmental research strengths. You will also need to propose a supervisor in the application enclosed so you should familiarize yourself with staff members research (through, for instance, the departmental website and staff published research materials) to make this decision.

The requirements for application to the EGS Masters by Thesis are:

Please note that if you are accepted into the masters programme, you will be required within a specified period to write and present a research p roposal. The Department will use this process to assess the viability of your research and its appropriateness for your degree programme. If th e requirements for the proposal are not met, the Department will not allow you to continue with the degree.

Click here for information on how to apply to this programme.



DOCTORAL DEGREE

The doctoral degree in Environmental & Geographical Science is offered by dissertation. Students from both Faculties of Science and Humanities are welcome to apply for this. Students will be expected to conduct research under the supervision of a member of staff within the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science.

Please use the departmental website (http://www.egs.uct.ac.za) to access information about the various research interests and staff in the department. Please ensure that you consider this information carefully so that you determine if your research interests fit with Departmental research strengths. You will also need to propose a supervisor in the application enclosed so you should familiarize yourself with staff members research (through, for instance, the departmental website and staff published research materials) to make this decision.

The requirements for application to the EGS PhD are:

Please note that if you are accepted into the PhD programme, you will be required within a specified period to write and present a research proposal. The Department will use this process to assess the viability of your research and its appropriateness for your degree programme. If the requirements for the proposal are not met, the Department will not allow you to continue with the degree.

Click here for information on how to apply to this programme.

If you have additional queries about any of our programmes, please contact the postgraduate coordinator, Dr Pippin Anderson (pippin.anderson@uct.ac.za).


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