Masters by Coursework and Dissertation
Application for Masters by Coursework and Dissertation (MPhil, MSC)
Application date for degrees by course work and dissertation (MPhil, MSc) is: 31st August each year
This applies to both local and international applicants
- If you are interested in the MPhil Degree in Environment, Society and Sustainability, please refer to the specific webpage here for more information on the application process.
- If you are interested in the Masters in Climate Change and Development, please refer to the specific webpage here for more information on the application process.
The Department reviews postgraduate applications twice a year. For dissertation Masters and PhD degrees we will review applications in June for a second semester start. The deadline for these applications in the end of March of each year. For all our coursework Masters programmes, as well as dissertation Masters and PhD degrees looking to start in February, we will review applications in November. The deadline for these applications is the end of October each year.
Acceptance to a postgraduate degree in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science Department is highly competitive. To be eligible to apply for a Masters degree in the Department a candidate must have the equivalent to a UCT Honours degree in Environmental and Geographical Science or a related discipline. This is a minimum of a four year degree, with a significant research component in the fourth year. If you are uncertain as to your eligibility, you would be advised to approach the South African Qualifications Association (SAQA) to review your transcripts. A SAQA score of 7 would be considered equivalent to Honours, in which case you would be eligible to apply to our Masters programmes. Please note that eligibility to apply does not constitute acceptance to the programme however.
Applicants should submit:
- A Departmental Application Form
- A UCT application Form (please read the relevant information if you are a foreign appplicant)
- A 1000 word statement of interest: This should focus on your research interests as it will be used to assess the match between your research interests and departmental staff.
Please use the departmental website to determine if your research interests fit with departmental research strengths. Prospective students will need also to propose a supervisor in the application enclosed so you should familiarise yourself with staff members interests (through, for instance, the departmental staff page and staff published research materials).
- Copy of Honours project or equivalent writing sample
- Two academic references on the departmental reference form.
If you have additional queries about entry into any of our postgraduate courses, please contact the relevant Postgraduate Coordinator,