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Masters by Coursework and Minor 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.
  • If you are interested in the Masters in Climate Change and Development, please refer to the specific webpage here.
  • If you are interested in the Masters in Southern Urbanism, please refer to the specific webpage here.

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:

  1. A Departmental Application Form (together with all documents listed on the form)
  2. A UCT online application Form (please read the relevant information if you are a foreign applicant)
  3. Scanned academic transcripts
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Research proposal (max 1000 words)
  6. 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,