The MA in the Field of Diversity Studies is an interdisciplinary programme that is undertaken by students from various disciplines (although most come from disciplines within the Humanities and Social Sciences). The content of the course can be applied to a variety of fields and professions, and the robustly critical approach to issues of diversity, difference, and otherness that the programme teaches will give you an ‘edge’ to just about any field or profession as diversity is an aspect of just about any contemporary context. Many of our students have gone on to work in areas such as media, non-governmental organisations, advocacy, research consultancies, and have pursued PhDs and academic careers. The programme is ideal for individuals who seek careers in the transformation sector or who are already working in it, and who wish to deepen their critical skills so as to improve their practice.

Curriculum Outline

The requirements are that you do two core courses, an elective and a research module (i.e. your research fieldwork and report). There are two Diversity Studies core courses that are required for the completion of the MA programme: Theorising Diversity, Difference and Otherness (semester 1) Critical Diversity Literacies (semester 2) One elective: Your elective is chosen from cross-listed courses in disciplines across the Faculty of Humanities which you can do in either semester, though it is usually wise to take it in the first semester, as you will need to do the field work for your research in the second semester. The Research module: You will register for the research component of the programme, and a research report based on the field work you have conducted will be submitted in February of the following year (example: February 2016 if you register in 2015).

Admission requirements

To be accepted into the programme, you would usually need a Bachelors/Honours degree in one of the disciplines in Social Sciences or Humanities, although we may consider a background such as law.

Course structure and duration

The programme can be taken on a full time or part-time basis. If you register for full-time the course will be completed in one year (part-time will take two years)

Application deadline:

Online applications for 2018 must be submitted by 27 October 2017

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