Master in Urban Studies

University of the Witwatersrand

Program Description

Master in Urban Studies

University of the Witwatersrand

The Master in Urban studies is a multi-disciplinary master degree, including courses in Planning, Political Studies, Sociology and History. The degree is research-oriented and suited for students aiming at developing and consolidating their research skills, for careers involving research in academic, NGO, global institutions or government environments. Most lecturers involved have both a strong academic background and activist experience, and the degree focuses more specifically around issues of urban politics and governance, local democracy and justice, processes and politics of policy-making in Cities of the South.

Benefits of the programme

  • A multidisciplinary training to approach complex objects such as cities and urban dynamics
  • A strong research training , with an orientation towards topical political issues for cities of the South / South African cities

Curriculum Outline/Modules taught

  • Cities of the South
  • Community Participation in Urban Governance: theories, discourses and practices
  • Democratic Theory
  • Research Methods & Computer based graphic skills
  • Elective: Social Movements State and Violence; The Making of Urban South Africa; Municipal Planning; Housing Theories, Policies and Practices.

Closing dates

31 October 2015

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Duration e.g. F/T or P/T by Research or by coursework and research etc.

1 year full time, 2 years part time. Weekly classes (no block release nor evening classes. Course work (50%), research (50%)


Research in academia (PhD); in NGOs, global or government institutions (for policy development or advocacy)

Entry Requirements

Honours degree in planning/ development/ social science discipline; Average Honours mark above 65%. A strong motivation letter with a visible interest for research.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Feb., 2017
1 - 2 years
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Start date Feb., 2017
South Africa Johannesburg
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