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Postgraduate Programmes 

Honours

In our one year Honours programme, students are introduced to graduate study, completing three  taught modules and a  research project. Acceptance to the programme is competitive as there are a limited number of places available. Applicants may, in certain cases be called for an interview. Working in a structured programme under the convenorship of a senior academic as well as with individual supervisors, the Honours degree in Geography provides excellent preparation for further postgraduate study or professional practice.

 
Critical engagement: Honours students gather for the annual UWC / Stellenbosch University Joint Seminar

Contact the Honors co-ordinator Associate Professor Shirley Brooks at  sbrooks@uwc.ac.za 

Masters

Our Master of Arts (M.A.) programme is a full-time research based, dissertation only master’s degree. Entrance to the programme requires a good pass at the honours level as well as an acceptable proposal. Acceptance is on academic merit evaluated on the basis of a written proposal, available specialised supervision and satisfactory previous academic performance. Applicants may, in certain cases be called for an interview by the departmental postgraduate review panel.  Students work over a two-year period with individual supervisors towards the submission of a substantial research proposal and a final (50 000 word)  academic dissertation.

 
The 2018 Honours and Masters post-graduate class visited Theewaterskloof Dam on their induction fieldtrip
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Attendance at postgraduate seminars and academic seminars is compulsory, as is satisfactory progress at the different identified work stages of: proposal acceptance; field work; writing and revision of chapters; final submission; and examination. The programme meets the needs of the students pursuing postgraduate studies in human geography, as well as those from allied disciplines wishing to specialise in geography. The structure provides a dynamic peer environment and, through our association with the Centre for Humanities Research, ISD and PLAAS, there is considerable opportunity for contact with other postgraduate students across the university. ​

Contact the Masters and PhD co-ordinator  Associate Professor Shirley Brooks at  sbrooks@uwc.ac.za 

Doctoral

In our Doctoral programme Ph.D. students work closely with their chosen supervisors in designing individualised research programs that meet their research interests, needs and long-term employment goals. Acceptance is on academic merit evaluated on the basis of a written proposal, available specialised supervision and satisfactory academic performance at the Masters level. Applicants may, in certain cases be called for an interview by the departmental postgraduate review panel.  Students work over a minimum of a three-year long period with individual supervisors towards the submission of a substantial research proposal and a final (80 000 word) long academic dissertation. 

Working in a structured programme under the convenorship of a senior academic as well as with individual supervisors, a PhD degree in Geography is excellent preparation for an academic career or advanced professional practice. Upon completion of dissertations, exceptional students may apply for Post-doctoral Fellowships in the Centre for Humanities Research, PLAAS and elsewhere across the university in their fields of expertise. 

Attendance at postgraduate seminars and academic seminars is encouraged. The programme meets the needs of the students pursuing postgraduate studies in human geography, as well as those from allied disciplines wishing to specialise in geography. The structure provides a dynamic peer environment and, through our association with the Centre for Humanities Research  and PLAAS, there is considerable opportunity for contact with other postgraduate students across the university. 

Contact the Masters and PhD co-ordinator Associate Professor Shirley Brooks at  sbrooks@uwc.ac.za ​

For more information on the postgraduate Honours, Masters and PhD programmes in Geography click here for the Arts Faculty Handbook

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