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Mandela School Mphil Degree Programme 2022 Applications – How to Apply

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Be a part of the legacy and study at Mandela school in 2022. Study the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice programme and be part of a legacy.

The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance’s Master of Philosophy (MPhil) specialising in Development Policy and Practice offers a structured and sustained learning experience with abundant opportunities for applied research on effective approaches and practices of public policy design and implementation in the African continent.

MPhil in Development Policy and Practice

What you will learn from this programme?

The MPhil in Development Policy and Practice teaches students to address the challenge of designing, winning support for and implementing new programmes in government and the broader public sector with strengthened capacities to:

  • Analyse how governance, political economy and institutional shortfalls influence outcomes, and explore practical ways of moving forward, which take these institutional realities into account.
  • Design and implement trade and industrial policies for African countries, including the study of regional value chains and cross-border infrastructure.
  • Learn about Africa’s bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade negotiations, especially, the African Continental Free Trade Area, through the use of simulations and case studies.
  • Build an individual, team and organisational capabilities and effectiveness through personal development and understanding public sector institutions and governance systems, and application to current challenges, constraints and opportunities.
  • Operate in one or more key policy areas, such as economic development, environmental sustainability, or health policy.
  • Become increasingly skilful leaders, with a strong focus on personal development and people management.
  • Undertake research that both addresses practical policy and implementation challenges and meets requisite standards of rigour.

Programme details

Full-Time: 2 Years

Admission Requirements

Candidates must hold an Honours degree or NQF level 8 equivalent with a minimum average of 65% in order to apply.

How to apply

Apply online via the UCT application portal.

Please keep the following documents nearby as you will be asked to upload these during the application process:

  • current CV with referee details
  • certified academic transcripts
  • a letter motivating your participation in the class (please indicate in your letter of motivation where you heard about our Master’s)

You will also need to courier the original certified academic transcripts to:

The Admissions Office:
University of Cape Town
c/o Bremner Building Lower Campus
Rondebosch
7701
South Africa

Should you experience any difficulties with your application please contact the Admissions Office:

Email: admissions-pg@uct.ac.za

Tel: 021 650 2128

Physical address: 
The Admissions Office, University of Cape Town,  Level 4, Masingene Building
Middle Campus
Rondebosch
Cape Town
South Africa

For more information or to apply, simply click here.

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