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The IPSS offers several postgraduate qualifications. At Level 8 there is the two-year part-time Postgraduate Diploma in TVET studies (PGDip TVET) offered in a blended learning format. The qualification is aimed at development of TVET college staff and provides a pathway into Master's and Doctoral studies focused on TVET. In addition to full thesis Master's programmes in our three specialist areas, there is also the award-winning Master's in Adult Learning and Global Change (MALGC) - a structured two-year Masters programme in an online learning format which has delivered a large number of graduates over many years. At the doctoral level we offer a dedicated PhD in Higher Education Studies; a PhD in TVET studies; and a PhD in Adult Education. 

Through large funded projects such as those under Carnegie Corporation, the merSETA, the DHET-EU, and the NRF SARChI, inter alia, we have been able to fund a number of our postgraduate students in Adult Education, Higher Education, and TVET studies.

IPSS Resource Centre

The IPSS Resource Centre is a research hub for studies in higher education, vocational education and adult education in South Africa and on the African continent. 

The Centre includes:

  • A resource centre attached to the UWC Library that contains collections of the books, journals, research reports and policy documents, and reports, theses, and the archives of a historical collection on the South African education system.
  • A study area for students, resident researchers, and visiting researchers.
  • Online research repository on African higher education.
  • Collection of historical records on higher education in South Africa and beyond.
  • Library staff and researchers with special expertise in post school studies.

Library services

  • Loans – short and long term
  • Cataloguing
  • Electronic resource (links forthcoming)
  • Request form (links forthcoming)

Access to resources

Library services - access our books and journals via main-library website - 
Digital – (historical collection) - (forthcoming)
African Higher Education Research Online-