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Postgraduate Students

 I think I might be the oldest graduate student in the English Department!  I registered for my MA in 2004 when I was 42 and was instantly plunged into a vibrant and exciting university culture so different to what I had experienced as an undergraduate in the early 1980’s.  I found UWC so supportive and committed to my success that when I decided to take on a Ph.D., last year it was a natural choice to “come home”.

 -- Mike Hagemann (Teacher at CBC St John’s Parklands)  (now 53 J )​

The UWC English Department staff create an atmosphere that encourages an interest in literature. They inspire one to effect change by using theoretical knowledge practically. Study in the English Department has afforded me many opportunities, including a scholarship to study abroad in The Hague. 

 -- Chad Brevis: Tutor and 2015 PhD student.

Being a postgraduate student in any faculty at any university is quite a challenging experience. The UWC English Department is an exception to that rule. They have dedicated staff who go out of their way to make sure of the success of students. I’m deeply indebted to them all for the success that has come my way. It would be incomplete for me to say anything about the department without mentioning Prof Woodward, Dr Moolla and Dr Van der Merwe who were like my surrogate mothers during my ‘pregnancy’ in their ‘womb’. This is not the end of the academic road for me; I would like to take up the challenge of PhD studies in the near future. 

-- Christopher Kudyahakudadirwe: BA English & Communication Studies (Zimbabwe Open University - 2005), BA Honours (University of the Western Cape - 2010) and MA Creative Writing – with Distinction (University of the Western Cape - 2015)


Seminars in the English Department were always insightful and thought provoking. Extensive knowledge brought by the lecturers and the high standards set motivated me to broaden my knowledge. Staff members are always approachable and showed great empathy with regard to the pressures of full-time employment. 

-- Paulene Erfort: Honours 2009, Masters Full Thesis 2012 - Communication Lecturer, Northlink College.

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The Department of English at UWC provides a supportive environment for all its members. Studying and working there has been a comfortable and enriching experience. At UWC, the Department of English operates like a family; where all its members interact with one another on a personal level and are free to discuss debate and enjoy.  At the Department of English, I have gained the knowledge and confidence to take on a variety of new and exciting challenges to further myself academically, professionally and personally. 

 -- Tatum Davis: Honours 2011 – Further Education and Training in the corporate sector, Johannesburg.

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The English Department provided an environment where my personal and intellectual growth was greatly stimulated. The Honours course teaches one how to think critically, and to develop a deeper appreciation for literature in all forms. With the constant guidance from lecturers and tutors, I have successfully made the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study, still constantly growing and developing academically. The high academic standard the department upholds, as well as the excellent staff that are always willing to assist is what gives the UWC English Department its reputation. 

 -- Wihan van Wyk, Masters Full Thesis, tutor, Golden Key Honour Society member.



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