MA in Development Studies
A leading inter-disciplinary postgraduate programme in development studies is currently on offer. The programme is social sciences orientated and specializes in health, labour, gender and rural development. The programme is appropriate for students keen to pursue a career in policy research and in the local and international development organizations. Students will be able to draw upon a vast range of local and international academic expertise in a range of disciplines within the School of Social Sciences and in Economics as they critically engage in current local, national and international debates in Development Studies while promoting professional skills in these fields. Students draw upon local and international expertise in a range of disciplines. The student body is cosmopolitan and admission is highly competitive. Students with practical experience in the world of development are especially welcomed. The Programme has grown steadily since its inception in 2001. On average it is estimated that about a third of the student cohort is non-South African. Topics of student research include many focused on studies within Africa broadly.
Full-time Structure: Completed within a Year
Two core courses in the first semester
One elective course in the second semester
Research report process throughout the year.
Part-time Structure: Completed within Two years
Three courses, plus one Research Report over a period of two years.
*All classes are offered during the day (morning or afternoon) and during the week. So, part-time applicants still need to make provision for time away from the office and travel time.
Benefits of the programme
The programme is appropriate for students keen to pursue a career in policy research and in the local and international development organizations. Students are exposed to a range of courses in the Faculty of Humanities and School of Economics and Business Sciences. The courses are taught by leading academics in their fields of research specialisation.
Enrolment criteria/Admission requirements
68 -70% average for Honours / Fourth-year Studies
Social Sciences background is an advantage
Work or Volunteer experience in the Development field an added advantage
Supporting documents required with your application, (International Applicants):
Certified copies of your ACADEMIC RECORD /STATEMENT OF RESULTS
Certified copy of Certificate of Evaluation from the South African Qualifications Authority. Details of how to apply for the certificate may be found on their website at www.saqa.org.za
Letter of Motivation as to why you wish to pursue this line of study
Sample of writing (maybe a marked essay or a chapter from previous research conducted, etc,)
A Three - Five-page Research Proposal outlining your research interest.
In terms of the University rules, an applicant who has not used English in his/her academic education up to this point will be required to supply proof of proficiency in English at the time of application. A British Council test is recommended and they can be contacted at (011) 718 4300 or email IELTS@britishcouncil.org.za.
Application Fee of R200.00
International Aid Worker
Business Development Specialist
International Youth Worker
Market Research Assistant/ Specialist
Peace/Human Rights Activist
Community Development Liaison Officer
Quality Control/ Quality Assurance Specialist
Human Rights Analyst
Corporate Social Responsibility
Public Policy researcher
*There are many more careers that a Graduate with Development studies qualification can go into within government, NGOs and Corporate world.
Curriculum Outline/Modules taught
Students are required to complete two compulsory courses, one optional course and a research report a. Compulsory Course ONE: Theory
Economics and Sociology of Development (Economics Department)
b. Compulsory Course TWO: Methods
Development Research Methods ( Sociology Department)
c. Research Report on the approved topic of choice d. Optional Courses, many from the social sciences:
South African Theory and Ethnography
Politics, Governance and the City
Community Participation in Urban Governance
Rural Transformation: Town and Countryside
The Environmental History of Africa
The Making of Urban South Africa
International Relations of Africa’s Natural
International Dimensions of Human Security
Empire and Crisis of Civilization
Development Issues in International Relations
Land & Agrarian Reform Southern Africa
The Sociology of Health and Illness
Work and Labour in the Global Economy
Global Institutions and Economic Restructuring
Labour & Development
Environmental Sociology HIV/AIDS in Context
Introduction to Migration and Displacement
The Health and Psychosocial Consequence of Migration
Human Rights Course
Identity Movement and Control
Wednesday, 30 September 2018 ( For Both International and South African Applicants)