MA in Public Management and Governance (CW)

This coursework Master’s programme comprises one compulsory and three elective modules to be completed as well as a compulsory minor dissertation. The compulsory module is a Research Methodology module and is supplemented by three additional elective modules.

The compulsory dissertation is in the form of a research project.

The coursework Master’s Degree structure makes provision either for two specialised sub-disciplinary foci or for a general PMG focus through a random choice of three electives out of a possible nine available modules. One specialised focus is on evaluating general public sector policy management and governance and the second focuses on a specialisation in advanced municipal management and governance.

Admission requirements

An Honours Degree in Public Governance, Public Administration or Public Management and Development or a similar recognised qualification with a minimum average of 65%. In certain instances, the General Regulations with reference to the MPhil Degree may be applied by the Dean in consultation with the Head of the Department of Public Governance in order to admit a student to the programme. Appropriate administrative and managerial work exposure of three years, preferably in the public sector, as deemed adequate and appropriate by the Head of the Department of Public Governance.

Prospective Master’s students who have a BA Honours Degree in Public Management and Governance and who may want to proceed and articulate from the Honours Degree in Public Governance, and who lack three years of practical experience in the public sector will have to complete the required four modules and the minor dissertation as well as a six-month internship in a public sector setting (Module 11) during the same year, and complete a prescribed internship programme agreed on between his/her minor dissertation supervisor and the organisation hosting the intern. A complete report will be required that will be presented as an additional requirement for the fulfilment of the Degree requirements.

MA in Public Management and Governance (RD)

The research Master’s Degree requires the student to submit a dissertation on a relevant topic within the academic field of Public Management and Governance. A lecturer within the Department would act as supervisor for the study.

Admission requirements

An Honours Degree in Public Management/ Public Administration/Public Governance, or an equivalent RPL qualification or compliance is required in order to be admitted to this programme. An application for this programme must be accompanied by a research proposal of approximately eight pages in a prescribed format, which is available on request from the Department, together with guidelines on how to draft the proposal.

Duration of programme

  • Full-time: 1-year minimum, 2 years maximum
  • Part-time: 2 years minimum, 3 years maximum

Contact details

Name: Dr V Jarbandhan / Tel: +27 (0)11 559 2905 / Email:

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