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Masters in Climate Change & Development

Overview

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. Read more...

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. Read more...

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 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:

  • an honours degree with excellent marks
  • A clear one-page motivation of your interest in thesis work.
  • A 1000 word statement of your research interest. This will be used to consider the fit between your interests and our staff and thus is critically important
  • A writing sample. (preferably your honours project/paper or a paper of equivalent academic depth)
  • Letters on the departmental reference form from two academic references who are able to speak to your academic abilities and suitability formasters by thesis programme
  • All university-level transcripts (official or certified copies)

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.

Read more... information on how to apply to this programme.