University of the Witwatersrand

Introduction

Wits is strategically located in Johannesburg, a world class city and the economic hub of South Africa, with countless opportunities for students and staff to engage with and present solutions that will contribute to our country's knowledge-base and build our future. With its more than 130 000 graduates in its 91-year history, Wits has made and will continue to make its mark nationally and internationally. Wits is positioned 24th by the Times Higher Education Rankings among the world top 100 universities from which Fortune 500 CEO's graduated.

Getting to know Wits

Wits University is a centre for higher education and research of the highest quality. Its long history and reputation has been built on promoting the freedom of enquiry and the search for knowledge and truth. It continues to enhance its position as a leading research intensive university in South Africa.

Wits Today

Wits, one of Africa’s premier research universities strives to be innovative, where boundaries of knowledge are pushed and where the focus is on sustaining globally competitive standards of excellence in learning, teaching and research.

Study at Wits

Students choose to study at Wits because it is an internationally respected research intensive university. Wits has highly qualified and internationally acclaimed academic staff. Based in Johannesburg, the economic hub of Africa, Wits offers a wide choice of degree programmes with our professional degrees being internationally recognized. Wits offers the students social vibrancy as well as cultural diversity.

Postgraduate Studies

Looking to enhance your career? Need the competitive edge? Join Wits, where we offer intellectually stimulating research areas at the postgraduate level, excellent supervision and research support, as well as funding for meritorious students and those in financial need.

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Master

Master in Urban Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The Master in Urban studies is a multi-disciplinary master degree, including courses in Planning, Political Studies, Sociology and History. The degree is research-oriented and suited for students aiming at developing and consolidating their research skills, for careers involving research in academic, NGO, global institutions or government environments. Most lecturers involved have both a strong academic background and activist experience, and the degree focuses more specifically around issues of urban politics and governance, local democracy and justice, processes and politics of policy-making in Cities of the South. [+]

Applications for 2017 are now closed The Master in Urban studies is a multi-disciplinary master degree, including courses in Planning, Political Studies, Sociology and History. The degree is research-oriented and suited for students aiming at developing and consolidating their research skills, for careers involving research in academic, NGO, global institutions or government environments. Most lecturers involved have both a strong academic background and activist experience, and the degree focuses more specifically around issues of urban politics and governance, local democracy and justice, processes and politics of policy-making in Cities of the South. Benefits of the programme A multidisciplinary training to approach complex objects such as cities and urban dynamics A strong research training , with an orientation towards topical political issues for cities of the South / South African cities Curriculum Outline/Modules taught Cities of the South Community Participation in Urban Governance: theories, discourses and practices Democratic Theory Research Methods & Computer based graphic skills Elective: Social Movements State and Violence; The Making of Urban South Africa; Municipal Planning; Housing Theories, Policies and Practices. Closing dates 31 October 2015 [-]

Master of Public and Development Management (MM)

Campus Full time Part time 1800  February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The Master of Management in the field of Public and Development Management is a rigorous academic programme aimed at providing students with the advanced conceptual and analytical abilities they need to become effective public policy-makers and senior public administrators and development practitioners. [+]

The Master of Management in the field of Public and Development Management is a rigorous academic programme aimed at providing students with the advanced conceptual and analytical abilities they need to become effective public policy-makers and senior public administrators and development practitioners. Candidates will require a foundational knowledge of public and development management. This includes a solid grounding in the theory and practice of governance, policy formation, and the management of large organisations, including public bureaucracies. While the Masters programme itself lasts a year, candidates are required to first complete the PDM course, which will provide them with the requisite foundation. Therefore, the Masters degree is effectively a two-year programme. Curriculum Masters students will first be required to complete four NQF level 9 courses. They will then be required to complete a dissertation of about 35000 – 40000 words on a contemporary public or development management subject. The course work and dissertation will each account for 90 of the 180 credits required to obtain the MM degree. The course work is aimed at providing students with the skills they need to conceive, plan, research, and write their dissertations. They also complete a reading elective designed to deepen their understanding of their chosen research topic. Students are required to develop a research proposal, which forms the basis of their dissertations, and to present it to a research committee for approval. The courses are: Quantitative research methods (20 credits) This course builds upon students’ prior knowledge of basic sampling methods and simple statistical inferences, including chi-square tests. This material is briefly revised, and the course then moves on to the formulation of research problems, purpose statements, and research hypotheses for use in quantitative research proposals; survey design, questionnaire construction, and simple data analysis; and hypothesis testing, including power analysis and regression analysis. Qualitative research methods (20 credits) This course teaches students to design and conduct qualitative research, and analyse qualitative data. Subjects include qualitative research paradigm assumptions, qualitative research designs/methods, various techniques and methods for gathering and analysing data, ethical issues, and evaluation. Research proposal design (10 credits) This course helps students to progress from a theoretical understanding of research models and methods to formulating an actual research proposal which will form the basis of their research report. The proposals are presented to and defended before a School proposal panel. Directed reading elective (40 credits) This course assists students to engage in depth with a subject relevant to public or development management. It comprises a series of seminars in which the lecturer and students work together to explore the literature on a given subject. Thesis The thesis is the pinnacle of the Masters programme. After formulating their proposals, students need to conduct original and in-depth research, analyse the results, and integrate research and analysis into a coherent thesis. Students are actively supported by thesis supervisors. All P&DM academic staff members supervise theses in their areas of specialisation. Admissions Applicants for the Masters programme first need to obtain the PDM with a pass mark of 65 per cent. Alternatively, they need to hold an honours degree in public management, obtained with a pass mark of at least 65 per cent. Applicants in the latter category may be required to supplement the standard Masters curriculum with additional courses. Course delivery Both the PDM and MM are offered as full-time, part-time and block study courses. Part-time students attend lectures in the evenings, and block release students attend lectures in two-week periods spaced throughout the year. Workloads Both the PDM and MM programmes are designed to encourage independent research and study. The workloads generally comprise 24 hours of contact time per course, with additional preparation and study hours taking total hours to the relevant NQF requirement. The total workload for the PDM is 1 200 notional hours. The total workload for the MM is 1 800 notional hours. Assessments Students are assessed by means of assignments and written examinations. Class and group assignments are also assessed. All examinations as well as the theses are externally examined. Applications Prospective students need to complete an application form which is available from the faculty office as well as online. They also need to submit records of previous academic performance, and a curriculum vitae. [-]

Master of the Built Environment in the Field of Housing (MBE Housing)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

MBE Housing degree engages with housing issues from a multi-disciplinary, internationalist perspective. Its courses explore theoretical, conceptual, social, technical, managerial, legal, financial and planning aspects of housing both in policy and in practice. Through a substantial research component, students are given the opportunity to critically explore a particular aspect of their interest in housing. [+]

MBE Housing degree engages with housing issues from a multi-disciplinary, internationalist perspective. Its courses explore theoretical, conceptual, social, technical, managerial, legal, financial and planning aspects of housing both in policy and in practice. Through a substantial research component, students are given the opportunity to critically explore a particular aspect of their interest in housing. Benefits of the programme The MBE Housing develops practical, managerial, analytical, and spatial skills as well as social and cultural sensitivities to meet housing challenges in the unevenly developing world. Curriculum Outline/Modules taught Housing Theory Concepts and Policy (20 points) Housing Finance and Law (20 points) Social and Technical Sustainability in Housing (20 points) Management of Existing Housing Stock or Housing Seminar on Upgrading of Informal Settlements (20 points) Research Methods (10 points) Research Report (90 points) Closing dates 31 August (non-South African students) 31 October (South African citizens and permanent residents) The closing date for short courses is one week before start of the course. [-]

MEng in Welding Engineering

Campus Full time February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg

Wits University offers the International Institute of Welding course leading to the IWE ( International Welding Engineer -[BScEng graduates]) and IWT ( International Welding Technologist [BTech graduates]). Wits University is an Approved Training Body (ATB) for the International Institute of Welding (IIW). Successful completion of the courses (60% min/each module and a 95% attendance record) entitles the candidate to apply for IIW registration. [+]

Wits University offers the International Institute of Welding course leading to the IWE ( International Welding Engineer -[BScEng graduates]) and IWT ( International Welding Technologist [BTech graduates]). Wits University is an Approved Training Body (ATB) for the International Institute of Welding (IIW). Successful completion of the courses (60% min/each module and a 95% attendance record) entitles the candidate to apply for IIW registration. Benefits of the programme The intent is to equip candidates for a career in the welding industry, this implying an understanding of the practice of welding engineering underpinned by sound science. Curriculum Outline / Modules taught The MEng in Welding Wits is made up of 12 courses divided into four main modules. The modules are welding processes, welding metallurgy, welded joint design and fabrication, and applications and case studies. Closing dates Whilst late entries can be considered the desirable closing date for those completing the whole course is mid February. Whilst those who complete individual stand alone courses can register through the year, if individual courses are taken as part of, say a GDE, the February registration applies. Note: The GDE/ MEng qualifications will be replaced by the PGD/MScEng qualifications in 2017. Whislt the structure will change the intent is that the programme continue to offer the IWE/IWT curriculum. [-]

MSc

MSc (Building) in Construction Project Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The Wits MSc Project Management in Construction offers a world-class education featuring international and internationally trained staff as well as some of the leading experts in the local industry. We have just moved to our own dedicated building and instructional spaces that provide modern state of the art-facilities for post graduate teaching back up by fully equipped IT laboratories featuring industry standard software. [+]

Applications for 2017 are now closed The Wits MSc Project Management in Construction offers a world-class education featuring international and internationally trained staff as well as some of the leading experts in the local industry. Our instructional spaces provide modern state-of-the-art facilities for post graduate teaching backed by fully equipped IT laboratories featuring industry standard software. We offer you the opportunity to gain a postgraduate built environment qualification in one of the largest urban settings on the African continent enabling you to develop your academic and industry skills in Gauteng; the economic dynamo of Southern Africa that provides a unique mix of first world infrastructure alongside developing world challenges. Career opportunities On completion of the MSc (Building) Project Management in Construction programme, one is prepared for a wide range of high level career opportunities in the public and private sectors and an opportunity to fast track to more challenging positions in the industry. It could also prepare one for further study at Wits or other leading academic institutions. The Project Management in Construction programme provides practitioners with the opportunity to build and reflect on their existing professional experience whilst taking a range of modules that expose the students to advanced professional knowledge and skills to enable them to play a leading role in the management of enterprises and projects in the construction sector. Working alongside other professionals from a variety of built environment professions provides a context where practitioners can expose themselves to new concepts and cutting edge ideas in the provision of built infrastructure, drawing on local and international best practice including; digital technologies such as building information modelling; sustainability and the adaptation of the built environment to climate change, and other construction industry developments locally and around the world. The curriculum The taught MSc degree in Project Management in Construction is directed towards applicants with an Honours degree in Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering and other built environment professions who seek to occupy more management as opposed to design-oriented positions in the industry. Direct entry to the MSc by Research is open to candidates with honours from all built environment professions who can demonstrate proficiency in Research from their previous studies. For those with qualifications below Honours or equivalent, a period of relevant industry experience is also required, the duration of which depends on the highest academic qualification achieved by the applicant. The MSc (Building) Project Management in Construction is offered as a full time (1 Year) as well as part time (2 Years). The taught modules within the programme are: • Construction Planning and Control • Construction Economics and Finance • Construction Contracts Law and Management • Project Management • Construction Safety and Quality Management • Research Methodology Why Wits? Wits University has a reputation built on research and academic excellence. Wits is one of only two universities in Africa ranked in two separate international rankings as a leading institution in the world and is the only university in the country that features in the top 1% in the world in seven defined fields of research according to the 2007 ISI international rankings. In keeping with this tradition, The School of Construction Economics and Management has ambitions to be one of the leading institutions in research and teaching of construction management and project management on the African continent. The programme is designed to measure up to the highest international standards in terms of coverage, instructional approaches and the quality of research training and professional accreditation is being sought from relevant SA Registration Councils as well as international accreditors such as the RICS and CIOB who already accredit our undergraduate and Honours programmes. Application and admission Admission requirements Entry into the taught MSc programme in Project Management in Construction requires an Honours degree in a cognate built environment discipline (e.g. Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering or Architecture) or equivalent. Applicants with qualifications at a lower level are treated as being ‘differently qualified’ and will be interviewed so that relevant industry experience can be taken into consideration. Entry into the Research degree programme will require applicants to have a Postgraduate Diploma or a BSc Honours degree. Applicants will be required to submit a CV and official copies of academic transcripts. Research degree applicants will be required, in addition to the above, submit an outline research proposal in an area covered by the School’s research priorities. Selection process Applications are closed at the end of October for enrolment in February of the following year. We will endeavour to process all applications and inform applicants of the outcome within two months of the close of applications. In exceptional cases, we may invite applicants whose profile does not fit the normal criteria for an interview to better judge their suitability. These interviews will take place in November. All applicants will know the outcome of their applications in December. [-]

MSc (Building) in Property Development and Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The Wits Real Estate Programme is the only programme in South Africa that has been benchmarked by independent international academics (who are experts in the field) and judged as comparable to similar programmes in Europe and North America. This enables us to offer a world-class education featuring internationally trained staff as well as some of the leading experts in the local market. We have just moved to our own building and instructional spaces that are modern, housing state of the art facilities. [+]

Applications for 2017 are now closed The Wits Real Estate Programme is the only one in South Africa that has been benchmarked by independent international academics (who are experts in the field) and judged as comparable to similar programmes in Europe and North America. This enables Wits to offer a world-class education featuring internationally trained staff as well as some of the leading experts in the local market. The instructional spaces are modern and house state-of-the-art facilities. We offer you the opportunity to gain a real estate qualification at the doorsteps of the largest concentration of real estate employers on the African continent enabling you start a career in the most sophisticated real estate market in Africa. Career options Property (or more appropriately, real estate) refers to land and buildings for use as homes, offices, shops, restaurants, warehouses, hotels, etc. It represents approximately half of the world’s economic wealth. Studies in this area enable you understand how to invest in it, how to manage it, how much to sell it for and how to develop it. It could also enable you advise others how to use it. A degree in property will enable you to be employed in both public and private sector by firms, which own, develop, use or manage real estate or act as advisors. You can also work for financial services institutions as well as firms that provide consulting services to the finance sector. The following are some of the key business areas in the real estate sector. The curriculum Postgraduate studies will enable you obtain either a Postgraduate Diploma, an MSc in Building (with specialisation in Property Development and Management). The latter is accessible by way of coursework and a research report (the taught option), or by means of a dissertation (the research option). The Postgraduate Diploma is directed towards applicants with a three year Bachelors degree, usually in a non-real estate discipline. Applicants with a BSc in Real Estate can also apply to study for the Postgraduate Diploma. The Postgraduate Diploma should enable applicants study for an MSc by research. The taught MSc degree is directed towards applicants with an Honours degree in Real Estate, Economics, Finance, Commerce, Accounting, Building Technology, Civil Engineering and Planning. Direct entry to the MSc by research is allowed for candidates with Honours in Economics, Real Estate, Finance and Economics provided they can demonstrate proficiency in Econometrics and Research Methodology from their previous studies. The curriculum of the Postgraduate Diploma covers 18-months of part-time time studies. The MSc covers one year of full-time studies and two years of part-time studies. Why Wits? Wits University has a reputation built on research and academic excellence. Wits is one of only two universities in Africa ranked in two separate international rankings as a leading institution in the world and is the only university in the country that features in the top 1% in the world in seven defined fields of research according to the 2007 ISI international rankings. In keeping with this tradition, we seek to become the leading institution in research and teaching of real estate in the world. We have thus gone out of our way to ensure the programmes measure up to the highest international standards in terms of coverage, instructional approaches and the quality of research training. Wits is one of the best universities in the world to study at if you want to be a global business leader. The inaugural Alma Mater Index, conducted by Times Higher Education, ranks the world’s top tertiary institutions by the number of degrees awarded to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Wits is home to 16 NRF A-rated scientists, based on a stringent evaluation of an individual scientist's research record over five years. These scientists are international leaders in their disciplines. Application and admission Admission requirements For entry into the Postgraduate Diploma programme, you will need a BSc degree or equivalent. Entry into the taught MSc programme will require an Honours degree in real estate, economics, finance, commerce, planning, civil engineering or a related discipline. Entry into the research degree programme will require applicants have a Postgraduate Diploma or a BSc Honours degree, provided applicants have passed courses in Econometrics (or equivalent) and Research Methodology. Applicants will be required to submit a CV and official copies of academic transcripts. Research degree applicants will be required, in addition to the above, to submit a research proposal in an area covered by the School’s research priorities. Selection process Applications are closed at the end of October for enrolment in February of the following year. We will endeavour to process all applications and inform applicants of the outcome within two months of the close of applications. In exceptional cases, we may invite applicants whose profile does not fit the normal criteria for an interview to better judge their suitability. These interviews will take place in November. All applicants will know the outcome of their applications in December. [-]

MSc in Engineering

Campus Part time February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg

This Systems Engineering programme has been developed as a practice-based systems engineering (PBSE) suite of courses where the University presents the theoretical background and participating industry organisations, in which the students are employed, provide opportunities to apply the material on real projects. [+]

This Systems Engineering programme has been developed as a practice-based systems engineering (PBSE) suite of courses where the University presents the theoretical background and participating industry organisations, in which the students are employed, provide opportunities to apply the material on real projects. The systems engineering world, as seen through the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), is moving from document-centric approaches to model-based systems engineering (MBSE). Many international projects are using MBSE and tools are widely available today. MBSE requires a curriculum that prepares a new breed of systems engineers. To develop MBSE skills there is a need to shift the focus from systems engineering processes and management to include a technical component which addresses the “how to” (skill). This programme facilitates this shift. Curriculum Outline/Modules taught There are six modules that form part of the PBSE programme: Introduction to systems engineering (prerequisite for other modules). Requirements analysis Architecture Systems engineering management Modelling and simulation Implementation, integration, verification and validation. Other postgraduate courses can be substituted for some of these courses. The courses are also offered as stand-alone short courses through the Transnet Centre for Systems Engineering based in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at Wits Closing dates 31 May 2015 31 October 2015 [-]

MSc in Environmental Science

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The courses cover various aspects of environmental sciences, including conservation of biodiversity, environmental chemistry, environmental management, environmental law, climate change and mitigation, environmental impact assessments as well as remote sensing and GIS. The courses are spread over three Faculties: Science, Engineering & the Built Environment and Commerce, Law & Management. [+]

We offer flexible study options:

A full-time MSc programme by coursework and research report, completed over one year (registration for February each year). A part-time MSc programme by coursework and research report over two years.

The courses cover various aspects of environmental sciences, including conservation of biodiversity, environmental chemistry, environmental management, environmental law, climate change and mitigation, environmental impact assessments as well as remote sensing and GIS. The courses are spread over three Faculties: Science, Engineering & the Built Environment and Commerce, Law & Management.

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MA

MA in African Literature

Campus Full time February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg

This programme provides students with specialist training in African and diasporic intellectual and literary history. Taught by leading figures in the field, the programme inducts students into core theoretical debates and new approaches in the field while using African literary material to resituate and critique major trends like world literature and postcolonial theory emanating from the Anglo-American world. [+]

This programme provides students with specialist training in African and diasporic intellectual and literary history. Taught by leading figures in the field, the programme inducts students into core theoretical debates and new approaches in the field while using African literary material to resituate and critique major trends like world literature and postcolonial theory emanating from the Anglo-American world. Capitalizing on Johannesburg as the new intellectual hub of the continent, the programme draws participants from across the continent and beyond. Since its inception under Es’kia Mphahlele in the early 1980s, the department of African Literature has produced a cohort of graduates who have taken up positions across the African academy and other parts of the world. Benefits of the programme Taught by leading figures in the field Vibrant student community drawn from across the continent Opportunity to present work at graduate seminars and conferences Support to publish outstanding research work Opportunity to participate in vibrant cultural and intellectual life in Johannesburg Curriculum Outline/Modules taught Critical Approaches to African Literature African Popular Media and the Novel Narratives of the Indian Ocean Contemporary Trends in African Literature Memory, Violence and Representation Writing Slavery in the African World Book History in Africa Closing dates Normally 31 August for international applicants and 30 September for South African applicants, but under certain circumstances we can accept late applications. Applicants for the dissertation-only option should contact the department prior to applying for admission. African Popular Media and the Novel As many previous studies have demonstrated, the African novel has often emerged from a background of popular media such as newspapers, periodicals, magazines, pamphlets, popular novelettes, films, television, popular drama, letters, popular religious media and so on. As a recent study puts it “Ephemeral printed publications have helped to stimulate literary creativity by offering regular outlets for short fiction.” These media often provide the opportunity for stylistic innovation and generic experimentation which subsequently informs the more ‘canonical’ novels that emerge. More recently as well, this field of popular cultural production which straddles the oral and the written had been the subject of growing academic investigation, partly because it is in this zone that the bulk of African cultural activity occurs. These experiments with genre in popular fiction are also a way of imagining and speaking to new audiences and publics. The genetic innovation of popular fiction in Africa is often also a way of providing narrative expression to new forms of experience. By paying close attention to the forms of popular fiction, this course aims to raise preliminary questions about the formation of reading publics in Africa. These publics are in turn often tied up with powerful ethnic, racial, gendered, religious and regional identities and the course will ask how these identities interact with the ideas and notions of official culture. Critical Approaches to African Literature The appreciation of African Literature has been a site of intense debate since the international prominence of African Studies and Literature in the ’50s and ’60s. This course will introduce students to a range of debates that have characterised the modern development of African literary criticism. Equally central to our enquiry will be the need to register the confluence of African literary criticism and concurrent developments in the discourse of African history, politics, economics, sociology and culture. Although the emphasis in the course will be on exploring theoretical positions, seminar presentations must integrate the arguments explored with empirical investigations of texts related to the themes, issues of aesthetics under discussion. Canonical Writers and the Post-Colonial Experience in Africa The general study of African Literature in the universities has tended to focus on canonical texts like Things Fall Apart, God’s Bits of Wood, The Beautyful Ones are not Yet Born and so on by leading African writers like Achebe, Ngugi, Soyinka, Sembene and Armah. However, most courses tend to focus on the early works of these writers. Little attention has been paid to their more recent works. This course seeks to make a shift in focus by attempting to explore some of the more recent works of these canonical writers. The aim of the course is to examine both the formal strategies and any new insights that these writers offer in their recent works. The focus will be on how the writers deal with the post-colonial experience in Africa and how indeed, they revisit some of the issues raised in their earlier texts. Since most of the writers have also theorised literary and socio-cultural issues in Africa, some of their critical essays will be read alongside their creative works, particularly at the MA level. Finally, although Nuruddin Farrah and Hama Tuma are not generally regarded as canonical writers, they are introduced here largely because they bring to African literature an entirely different perspective on the post-colonial debate in Africa and partly because they come from the Horn of Africa, an area that has not received adequate attention in literary scholarship. The History of the Book The field of the history of the book has been gaining ground as a major domain of enquiry for the last two decades. As a domain of enquiry, the history of the book has produced a long and distinguished tradition of scholarship. In the words of Chartier, its major focus has been three-fold: to understand “the text, the material object which conveys it, and the act which grasps it”. This triptych of issues has prompted a rich archive of investigation into all aspects of the materiality of the book and its import for the social and aesthetic meanings of texts. This course will introduce students to the broad debates in the field of the history of the book. These debates will be explored in relation to the existing material on the history of the book in Africa. As this is a developing field, the course will present students with an exciting opportunity to become involved in innovative research. Contemporary Trends in African Literature Over the last two decades there has been the emergence of a distinct ‘third generation’ of African writers including figures like Dangarembga, Okri, Couto, Vassanji, Gurnah, Hove, Abani, Adichie, Isegawa, Tuma, Wainaina, Mpe, Duiker, Oyeyemi, Laing, Bandele-Thomas and so on. In theme, style and content, this cohort is distinct from the ‘classical’ writers of the canon and tends to take up issues that have emerged in other ‘postcolonial’ literatures. This shift in literary emphasis has been accompanied by a shift in critical focus and much African literary theory is now dominated by various forms of ‘postcolonial’ theory. This course will read the works of the ‘third generation’ of writers through the lenses of recent critical theory. Narratives of the Indian Ocean This module aims to investigate the extent to which the Indian Ocean can be considered as a social, economic, legal and cultural arena. 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MA in Applied Ethics for Professionals

Campus Part time February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg

This programme is a rigorous and intellectually challenging introduction to philosophical ethics, and, in particular applied or “practical” ethics, based in the Department of Philosophy. [+]

This programme is a rigorous and intellectually challenging introduction to philosophical ethics, and, in particular applied or “practical” ethics, based in the Department of Philosophy. It is designed for professionals in the Gauteng region with some management and leadership experience, and presupposes no background in philosophy. It is not a programme in “professional ethics”—e.g. business ethics, biomedical ethics, technology and ethics, etc.—though some such material is sometimes covered in one or more of the electives. Rather, its emphasis is on learning methods and techniques for thinking about ethical issues of any sort. It includes exposure to the principal ethical theories and critical examination of some well-known work in various sub-fields of applied ethics. It is not a distance-education programme; regular attendance at seminars is required. To accommodate the professional lives of our participants, seminars, exams, and other programme activities are held on Saturday mornings, about 19 in the first year and 10 in the second. Duration The programme is a two-year part-time programme consisting of three semesters of course work and a research report of 15,000 – 20,000 words, under the supervision of a member of the Wits University Philosophy Department. Benefits of the programme The programme specialises in the development of skills such as defending a point of view through clear and careful argumentation, offering "cooperative criticism," and receiving and responding to such criticism. Participants can also expect to see improvements in their argumentative writing, through careful attention to it and extensive feedback on it, from the programme lecturers. Successful participants will also be able to think, discuss, and write much more clearly, fully, and deeply about any ethical issues they encounter as a result of their approaching such issues in both the theoretical and practical manner emphasized in this programme. Enrolment criteria/Admission requirements An Honours degree or a professional qualification at least equivalent to an Honours degree (e.g., MBA, BSc(Eng), CA, LLB (second degree), MBBCh); At least one year's experience in a professional, managerial or leadership position; Excellent English comprehension and writing skills; Ready and convenient access to email, the Internet and up-to-date computer software; The ability to attend Saturday seminars on the Wits University campus. Career Options/Opportunities The vast majority of our participants are well-established in their careers. While some graduates have found benefits in their professional lives from their participation, the majority participate for personal enrichment. Typically, they are fulfilling a desire to return to proper academic study after some years in the world of work. While not designed to prepare participants for higher degrees, such as the PhD, a few of our graduates have gone on to further study and have felt well-prepared in light of their participation in the programme. Curriculum Outline/Modules taught FIRST YEAR OF STUDY Term 1 (February to May): Required core course: Methods of Applied Ethics Term 2 (July to October): Two electives from a set of three to be offered (see below) Summer (November to February) Individual supervised work on research proposal SECOND YEAR OF STUDY Term 1 (February to May): Two further electives from a further set of three to be offered (see below). Term 2 (July to October):Individual supervised work on research reports. Research report work will typically carry on through the summer, with the research report to be submitted by 15 February of the following year. Electives: Cultural Pluralism and Ethics; Ethical Theory; Ethics and the Environment; Ethics and International Affairs; Information and Privacy; Issues in Biomedical Ethics; Morality and the Law; Morality and the Marketplace; Social Justice; The Value of Life Six of these will be offered during any two-year cycle, and the offerings are usually guided by the preferences of programme participants. Closing dates International Applicants: 30 August, 2015 SA and Permanent Residents: 15 November, 2015 [-]

MA in Development Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

A leading inter-disciplinary postgraduate programme in development studies is currently on offer. The programme is social sciences orientated and specializes in health, labour, gender and rural development. [+]

MA in Development Studies A leading inter-disciplinary postgraduate programme in development studies is currently on offer. The programme is social sciences orientated and specializes in health, labour, gender and rural development. The programme is appropriate for students keen to pursue a career in policy research and in the local and international development organizations. Students will be able to draw upon a vast range of local and international academic expertise in a range of disciplines within the School of Social Sciences and in Economics as they critically engage in current local, national and international debates in Development Studies while promoting professional skills in these fields. Students draw upon local and international expertise in a range of disciplines. The student body is cosmopolitan and admission is highly competitive. Students with practical experience in the world of development are especially welcomed. The Programme has grown steadily since its inception in 2001. On average it is estimated that about a third of the student cohort is non-South African. Topics of student research include many focused on studies within Africa broadly. Duration Full time Structure: Completed within a Year Two core courses in the first semester One elective course in the second semester Research report process throughout the year. Part time Structure: Completed within Two years Three courses, plus one Research Report over a period of two years. *All classes are offered during the day (morning or afternoon) and during the week. So, part time applicants still need to make provision for time away from the office and travel time. Benefits of the programme The programme is appropriate for students keen to pursue a career in policy research and in the local and international development organizations. Students are exposed to a range of courses in the Faculty of Humanities and School of Economics and Business Sciences. The courses are taught by leading academics in their fields of research specialisation. Enrolment criteria/Admission requirements 68 -70% average for Honours / Fourth year Studies Social Sciences background is an advantage Work or Volunteer experience in the Development field an added advantage Supporting documents required with your application, (International Applicants): CV Certified copies of your ACADEMIC RECORD /STATEMENT OF RESULTS Certified copy of Certificate of Evaluation from the South African Qualifications Authority. Details of how to apply for the certificate may be found on their website at www.saqa.org.za Letter of Motivation as to why you wish to pursue this line of study Sample of writing (may be a marked essay or a chapter from previous research conducted,etc,) A Three -Five page Research Proposal outlining your research interest. In terms of the University rules, an applicant who has not used English in his/her academic education up to this point will be required to supply proof of proficiency in English at the time of application. A British Council test is recommended and they can be contacted at (011) 718 4300 or email IELTS@britishcouncil.org.za. Application Fee of R200.00 Career Options/Opportunities Project Coordinator/Manager International Aid Worker Business Development Specialist Research Assistant International Youth Worker Market Research Assistant/ Specialist Peace/Human Rights Activist Educator/Trainer Journalist Job Analyst Entrepreneur/ Venture Community Development Liaison Officer Writer/Author/Columnist Quality Control/ Quality Assurance Specialist Human Rights Analyst Corporate Social Responsibility Public Policy reseacher *There are many more careers that a Graduate with Development studies qualification can go into within government, NGOs and Corporate world. Curriculum Outline/Modules taught Students are required to complete two compulsory courses, one optional course and a research report a. Compulsory Course ONE: Theory Economics and Sociology of Development (Economics Department) b. Compulsory Course TWO: Methods Development Research Methods ( Sociology Department) c. Research Report on approved topic of choice d. Optional Courses, many from the social sciences: South African Theory and Ethnography Politics, Governance and the City Community Participation in Urban Governance Rural Transformation: Town and Countryside The Environmental History of Africa The Making of Urban South Africa International Relations of Africa’s Natural International Dimensions of Human Security Empire and Crisis of Civilization Development Issues in International Relations Social Transitions Land & Agrarian Reform Southern Africa The Sociology of Health and Illness Economic Sociology Work and Labour in the Global Economy Global Institutions and Economic Restructuring Labour & Development Environmental Sociology HIV/AIDS in Context Introduction to Migration and Displacement The Health and Psychosocial Consequence of Migration Human Rights Course Identity Movement and Control Closing dates Wednesday , 30 September 2015 ( For Both International and South African Applicants) [-]

MA in English Literature (by research only)

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3  February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

Staff members in English at the University of the Witwatersrand are able to offer supervision at Master’s level in areas ranging from medieval texts to contemporary literature, with particular strengths in Renaissance studies, Victorian fiction, modernism, postmodernism and postcolonial writing. Topics in literary theory, as well as inter-disciplinary projects, are equally welcome. [+]

Staff members in English at the University of the Witwatersrand are able to offer supervision at Master’s level in areas ranging from medieval texts to contemporary literature, with particular strengths in Renaissance studies, Victorian fiction, modernism, postmodernism and postcolonial writing. Topics in literary theory, as well as inter-disciplinary projects, are equally welcome. Staff undertaking supervision are active researchers, who publish regularly in their fields of specialisation. In the 2014 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the department was placed in the top 51-100 category. Students receive individual mentoring and are given the opportunity to develop a professional profile by participating in undergraduate tutoring. Those with appropriate interests may be invited to share in international research partnerships with specified universities in Great Britain, Sweden and Germany. Benefits of the programme This programme enables Honours graduates freely to pursue and develop their particular interests as literary scholars. In the process, they acquire valuable research skills in the Humanities, while refining their capacities as writers and critical thinkers. A significant number of candidates proceed to the PhD in English literature, whether at the University of the Witwatersrand, at other South African universities or at leading institutions overseas. Curriculum Outline/Modules taught This degree is offered by research only. Students are supervised individually. Closing dates Applications will be considered throughout the year, with students usually commencing their research in January, April, July or September. Contact Details For further information, please contact: Professor Merle Williams – merle.williams@wits.ac.za OR +27 11 717-4119. [-]

MA in Film and Television (Wits School of Arts)

Campus Full time February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg

The Masters in Film and Television offers a Professional degree in the discipline of filmmaking, and aims to stimulate learning at a postgraduate level through the application of theory with practice. The following Masters options are available to applicants: (1) MA by course work with research report; (2) MA by dissertation. MA by course work requires that students take three semester-long courses (one of which may be taken outside the division with the permission from the Head of Division). Students undertake research which consists of the production of a short film in documentary, fiction or experimental film genres AND a written research report (10 000 words). Alternatively students may wish to take the dissertation option without the option of a creative project (the written submission here is 20 000 words). Supervision of the creative work and research report is undertaken by lecturers in the Film and Television division. [+]

POST GRADUATE STUDIES IN FILM AND TELEVISION The Masters in Film and Television offers a Professional degree in the discipline of filmmaking, and aims to stimulate learning at a postgraduate level through the application of theory with practice. The following Masters options are available to applicants: (1) MA by course work with research report; (2) MA by dissertation. MA by course work requires that students take three semester-long courses (one of which may be taken outside the division with the permission from the Head of Division). Students undertake research which consists of the production of a short film in documentary, fiction or experimental film genres AND a written research report (10 000 words). Alternatively students may wish to take the dissertation option without the option of a creative project (the written submission here is 20 000 words). Supervision of the creative work and research report is undertaken by lecturers in the Film and Television division. WSOA 7078 Technical Production Students wishing to register for the degree who do not have sufficient technical experience in the field of television and film production (specifically camera operation, lighting, sound recording, sound design and editing) are required (as an obligatory course) to register for the core Technical Production Course. This is prerequisite for the Fiction and Documentary Theory and Production courses. WSOA 7077 Documentary Theory & Production The course provides the conceptual framework for documentary practice, its historical and theoretical underpinnings and explores contemporary debates in the field. Students in the course will be encouraged to explore their individual style through practical application and an understanding of how the director’s point of view is influenced by aesthetic, cultural and ideological realities and how these factors contribute to the shaping of documentary films. WSOA 7024 Film Fiction In past years different focus areas in this course have included, African Cinema, Asian Cinema, and Concepts of Screen Sexuality. Each year a different thematic focus is adopted to organise the investigation of aesthetics, race/class/gender, subjectivities and narrative approaches. The course offers students an opportunity to consider theoretical concerns of representations in cinema and apply these frameworks in the production of a short film. The aim of the course is to offer a series of considerations around the aesthetics and ethics of cinematic representation and its implications in terms of narrative writing and filmmaking. Students will be exposed to some of the central debates, interventions and developments surrounding the chosen thematic for the year. WSOA 7076 Screenwriting This course is intended for students who have some prior experience of dramatic writing. It is not an introductory course and students are required to submit a writing sample of a short film script, theatre or radio play or teleplay in order to gain acceptance into the course. Prospective students should be committed to the process of developing and writing a full-length (90 -100 page) feature script within the preselected genres. This workshop-based course aims to take students through a structured process of developing and writing a feature film script. Stages include an initial concept or synopsis, a story-mapping document, a full scene-by-scene step outline through to a first draft employing the classic 3 Act Structure. Students will be exposed to a range of tools and approaches used to facilitate screenwriting. Focus topics include: genre analysis, story structure, character development, scene structure and writing dialogue. To contact the division directly: PG.Film&TV.enquiries@wits.ac.za [-]

MA in Linguistics

Campus Full time February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg

The Masters degree in Linguistics (by coursework and research report) offers advanced training and application of theory in the broad field of Linguistics. [+]

MA in Linguistics The Masters degree in Linguistics (by coursework and research report) offers advanced training and application of theory in the broad field of Linguistics, focusing in particular on Historical Linguistics, Morphology/Syntax, Phonology, Psycholinguistics, and Sociolinguistics. Duration Full Time by coursework and research report Benefits of the programme Master’s students of Linguistics both gain profound theoretical training, and enter more deeply into the messy empirical world of data-gathering. Enrolment criteria/Admission requirements BA (Hons) in Linguistics Career Options/Opportunities Advanced grounding in Linguistics has been proven to be highly desirable in preparing language professionals for work in translating, interpreting, journalism, publishing, language policy planning. Curriculum Outline/Modules taught: Approved Topic in Linguistics Advanced Historical Linguistics Advanced Language, Gender and Sexuality Advanced Morphology Advanced Phonetics Advanced Phonology Advanced Psycholinguistics Advanced Sociolinguistics Advanced Syntax Closing dates Visit the Wits website for details [-]

MArch in Sustainable and Energy Efficient Cities (MArch(SEEC))

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The MArch(SEEC) qualification is a one year full-time programme on sustainability and energy studies with a focus on cities, settlements, buildings and architecture. With a strong focus on the energy and climate change challenge, this multi-disciplinary programme aims to arm the graduates with an integrated range of competencies which will make them invaluable role players in decision making concerning the future/sustainability of cities and their built environment. [+]

The MArch(SEEC) qualification is a one year full-time programme on sustainability and energy studies with a focus on cities, settlements, buildings and architecture. With a strong focus on the energy and climate change challenge, this multi-disciplinary programme aims to arm the graduates with an integrated range of competencies which will make them invaluable role players in decision making concerning the future/sustainability of cities and their built environment. Besides the basic technical principles on a variety of the interventions/technologies at different scales, courses in the programme address a wide range of inter-related issues including policy frameworks, institutional structures, markets, behavior, finance and socio-economic dimensions. Benefits of the programme Arising from their inter-disciplinary skills and competencies, graduates of this qualification are expected to play a significant role in the transition processes towards greening cities and the economy as well as consumption and lifestyles in the South African, regional and global economies/markets. Curriculum Outline/Modules taught Compulsory courses to a total of 160 Credits: ARPL7010 - Understanding Cities of the South (20) ARPL7054 - Energy for Sustainable Cities (20) ARPL7055 - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Buildings (20) ARPL7040 - Research Methods (10) ARPL7056 - Research Report (in the field of SEEC) (90) Elective Course(s) from the Following Options, to a total of 20-Credits: ARPL7032 - Environmental Planning & Sustainable Development (20) ARPL7005 - Social and Technical Sustainability in Housing (20) Closing dates for applications October 31 – South African applicants August 30 – International applicants [-]

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