M.A. in Social Sciences in Africa

Best Masters of Arts in Social Sciences in Africa 2017/2018

A master's degree is a postgraduate academic degree. A master's degree prepares students to lead or manage. A master's degree also prepares a person for a range of pursuits through specialized study of a field.

Social sciences help students to better understand the interactions and systems within human society. Topics covered may include how communities and populations form governments, make laws, develop economic systems, or how individuals make decisions.

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Master of Arts (MA) in Social Sciences in Africa

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Master of Arts in International Development and Cooperation (MA ICD)

The Open University Of Tanzania
Online & Campus Combined Part time 18  February 2018 Tanzania Dar Es Salaam

The Masters programme in International Cooperation and Development (MICD) is a three trimester’s programme that benefits from the experience of a high qualified team of lecturers who are specialized in various areas of international cooperation and Development such as Development Aid, International and Development Economics, Political Science, International Security and International Law. The programme is highly motivating for those who intend to work either in NGOs or enterprises with international activities or in the framework of multilateral institutions. [+]

Top MA Degrees in Social Sciences in Africa 2017/2018. The Masters programme in International Cooperation and Development (MICD) is a three trimester’s programme that benefits from the experience of a high qualified team of lecturers who are specialized in various areas of international cooperation and Development such as Development Aid, International and Development Economics, Political Science, International Security and International Law. The programme is highly motivating for those who intend to work either in NGOs or enterprises with international activities or in the framework of multilateral institutions. Educational Aims of the Programme The objectives of the programme are: To instill current and future international practitioners with the best working tools in this sovereignty-sensitive international community; To generate knowledge, information and analytical capacity on international affairs that will permit international practitioner to make informed decisionsboth at home and abroad; To implant actors with an ability to act as change agents and manipulator of various foreign affairs, and encourage a high degree of international participation in making well informed political, social and economic choices; To assist in reaching out sustainable international agreements that will ensure equitable sharing of the benefits of global resources; and To build capacity among candidates on how to deal with controversies of cross-border nature, and minimize the possibilities of conflicts and war; hence stabilized international peace and security. Admission Requirements Candidates holding the following qualifications are eligible for admission into the MICD Programme: An Honors degree in any field of study. An advanced diploma from any recognized institution... [-]

MA Diplomacy

University of Nairobi
Campus Full time January 2018 Kenya Nairobi

The purpose of the Master of Arts Degree in Diplomacy is to cater for the needs for persons in the field of Diplomacy. The course is aimed at those planning to and already working in the various regional Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Regional Affairs, those in departments and parastatals whose work involves diplomatic communication, United Nations personnel and employees of Non-governmental organizations. [+]

The purpose of the Master of Arts Degree in Diplomacy is to cater for the needs for persons in the field of Diplomacy. The course is aimed at those planning to and already working in the various regional Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Regional Affairs, those in departments and parastatals whose work involves diplomatic communication, United Nations personnel and employees of Non-governmental organizations. The programme will be a pioneering degree course in the region and will attract participants from extra-continental states and the region. Course Objectives The Master of Arts Degree in Diplomacy aims to: Acquaint participants with new developments in the practice of diplomacy Acquaint students with advanced issues of diplomatic methods and practice Provide high level trained manpower in diplomacy to take up management and leadership positions, both in Kenya and in the region Encourage research in Diplomacy Entry Requirements The common regulations of the Masters Degree in all faculties, institutes and schools shall apply. The minimum requirements for eligibility into the Master of Arts in Diplomacy shall be: Holders of a first degree of at least Upper Second Class Honours of the University of Nairobi or an equivalent from another institution recognized by Senate; Holders of a first degree of Lower Division Second Class Honours, with at least three years relevant work experience and/or a Post-Graduate Diploma or an equivalent qualification recognized by Senate from another institution Holders of a first degree (pass) with a Post-Graduate Diploma from institutions recognized by Senate. Course Structure and Duration The... [-]

MA in Development Studies

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2018 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. [+]

Top MA Degrees in Social Sciences in Africa 2017/2018. 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... [-]

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT)

Pan Africa Christian University
Campus Full time January 2018 Kenya Nairobi

This is one of its kind program in Africa. An MAMFT approach focuses on the strengths and resiliency of family systems and communal resources to restore and build family relationships. [+]

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) INTRODUCTION This is one of its kind program in Africa. An MAMFT approach focuses on the strengths and resiliency of family systems and communal resources to restore and build family relationships. Why study Family Therapy? Couples & family in Kenya today face daily challenges in a rapidly changing social context, marital instability and an increase in separation/divorce, changing parent-child expectations and increasing conflict, rise in substance use and addictive behaviors, brutal acts of family violence and Child neglect, economic and employment stressors and breakdown of extended family relationships and the list continues. Areas of specialization; Child and Adolescent therapy Premarital and Couple therapy GOALS OF THE MAMFT PROGRAM: MAMFT aims to prepare marriage and family therapists: - Aware and self-reflective, ethically knowledgeable, culturally sensitive, clinically competent. PAC University inaugurates a professional clinical degree which utilizes approach to working with individuals, couples, families and groups. PROGRAM INFORMATION The MAMFT is a Two year, tri-semester M.A. degree program which consists of 60 credits. Studfents undergo a clinical training of 6 credits and 500 hrs of practicum over a year. It consists of an option of TWO elective courses; Research Thesis or an MAMFT Project. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS The minimum entry requirement is a Bachelor's degree in Counseling Psychology or related discipline from an accredited university. The minimum entry requirement is a Second Class Honor, Upper Division and above (or a GPA of 3.00 and above). All applicants are required to have completed the following... [-]

MA in Industrial Psychology (RD)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3  February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The student should develop the intellectual and professional skills to provide evidence of the ability to independently produce scientific work at an acceptable level. This will require competence in the application of related research methodology, the ability to conduct and complete an approved research study, the oral and written competence to present results and findings, and the academic and personal maturity to critically reflect on all aspects of the study. [+]

Top MA Degrees in Social Sciences in Africa 2017/2018. The student should develop the intellectual and professional skills to provide evidence of the ability to independently produce scientific work at an acceptable level. This will require competence in the application of related research methodology, the ability to conduct and complete an approved research study, the oral and written competence to present results and findings, and the academic and personal maturity to critically reflect on all aspects of the study. Admission requirements An Honours qualification in Industrial Psychology on NQF Level 7 or 8 with a minimum of 65% average. Statistical methods or analytical techniques must have been included in undergraduate curricula. Potential students must have passed a module in research methodology at Honours NQF Level 8. Related experience which is considered relevant and sufficient by the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management will also be assessed. Student number constraints necessitate a selection process. Duration of programme Full-time: 1 year minimum, 2 years maximum Part-time: Two year minimum, 3 years maximum Contact details Name: Ms E Strydom / Tel: +27 (0)11 559 2557 / Email: elmariest@uj.ac.za [-]

MA in Sociology (Coursework / Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

In coursework mode the candidate should successfully complete the advanced course in Social Theory, the advanced course in Social Research Methodology, and complete research and write a minor dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. In research mode the candidate should complete research and write a dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. [+]

MA in Sociology (Coursework) The candidate should successfully complete the advanced course in Social Theory, the advanced course in Social Research Methodology, and complete research and write a minor dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. Admission requirements Admission will be considered for a student who is in possession of a university based Honours qualification in Sociology/Industrial Sociology on NQF Level 7. If a student does not comply with the requirements mentioned above, admission may be granted by the Dean of the Faculty, at the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department. Contact details Name: Dr Liela Groenewald Tel: 011 559 2884 / Email: lielagr@uj.ac.za MA in Sociology (Research) The candidate should complete research and write a dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. Admission requirements Student access will be considered for a student who is in possession of a university-based Honours qualification in Sociology/ Industrial Sociology on NQF Level 7. If a student does not comply with the requirements mentioned above, admission may be granted by the Dean of the Faculty, at the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department. Contact details Name: Dr Liela Groenewald Tel: 011 559 2884 / Email: lielagr@uj.ac.za [-]

MA in Social Work (Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

The Master’s by research entails only a research study – larger than the minor dissertation of the coursework Master’s, but not as large as a Doctoral thesis. The principle purpose of the master’s by research is developing advanced competencies in research. In addition, you will also develop expert knowledge in your field of study. The Master’s by research programme is ideal for students who are primarily interested in developing their research competence, do not want to participate in lectures or workshops, are highly self-motivated, independent and self-directed and have a focused, specific field of research interest. [+]

Top MA Degrees in Social Sciences in Africa 2017/2018. The Master’s by research entails only a research study – larger than the minor dissertation of the coursework Master’s, but not as large as a Doctoral thesis. The principle purpose of the master’s by research is developing advanced competencies in research. In addition, you will also develop expert knowledge in your field of study. The Master’s by research programme is ideal for students who are primarily interested in developing their research competence, do not want to participate in lectures or workshops, are highly self-motivated, independent and self-directed and have a focused, specific field of research interest. Admission requirements Candidates with a relevant Honours Degree in social work are considered for admission. A fourth year (honours) average mark of at least 65% is required. Contact details Name: Prof Ndangwa Noyoo Tel: 011 559 2804 / Email: socialwork@uj.ac.za [-]

MA in Community Development Social Work

University of Johannesburg
Campus Part time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

The aim of this qualification is to develop advanced competencies in the facilitation of processes, techniques and principles of sustainable community programmes and projects based of people-centred, participatory theoretical approaches, to address inequality, poverty and injustices in a global and African context. Further students will be able to facilitate the establishment and management of community based organisations within the context of community economic development integrating social and community development. [+]

The aim of this qualification is to develop advanced competencies in the facilitation of processes, techniques and principles of sustainable community programmes and projects based of people-centred, participatory theoretical approaches, to address inequality, poverty and injustices in a global and African context. Further students will be able to facilitate the establishment and management of community based organisations within the context of community economic development integrating social and community development. Admission requirements An entrance examination might be required. A four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, or a three-year Degree in Social Work together with an Honours Degree in Social Work, or another honours degree relevant to community development considered by the chairperson of the department to be appropriate is required. A fourth year (honours) average mark of at least 65% is required. Contact details Name: Mrs Sue Bond Tel: 011 559 2804 / Email: socialwork@uj.ac.za [-]

MA in Clinical Social Work (Coursework)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

This coursework Master’s Degree assists qualified social workers in advancing their counselling abilities in the field of clinical social work practice. This qualification empowers students to work as private or specialist practitioners in their particular work contexts. [+]

Top MA Degrees in Social Sciences in Africa 2017/2018. This coursework Master’s Degree assists qualified social workers in advancing their counselling abilities in the field of clinical social work practice. You will acquire these through seven modules, e.g.: Contemporary Theories; Complex Behaviour and Environmental Change; Assessment, Intervention and Evaluation; Mental Health; and the Development of the Therapeutic Self. In addition you will apply this knowledge during a one-year internship programme, focused on micro and messo interventions. In your second year, you undertake a research project to demonstrate your research competence. This qualification empowers students to work as private or specialist practitioners in their particular work contexts. Admission requirements Also see the relevant General Regulations. An entrance examination is required. A student is admitted to the Master’s studies after completion of a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a three-year Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and an Honours Degree in Social Work. A fourth year (honours) average mark of at least 65% is required. Contact details Name: Mrs Sue Bond Tel: 011 559 2804 / Email: socialwork@uj.ac.za [-]

MA in Social Impact Assessment (Coursework)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

Students are required to complete a course on SIA methodologies, advanced social research (ASR) as well as a minor dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. Students also acquire SPSS skills and competencies. [+]

Students are required to complete a course on SIA methodologies, advanced social research (ASR) as well as a minor dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. Students also acquire SPSS skills and competencies. Admission requirements An Honours Degree in one of the following subjects: Sociology, Industrial Sociology, Geography, Philosophy, Historical Studies, Development Studies, Psychology, Industrial Psychology, Politics, Public Governance, Social Work and Economics. If a student does not comply with the requirements mentioned above, admission may be granted by the Dean of the Faculty, at the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department. Contact details Name: Dr Liela Groenewald Tel: 011 559 2884 / Email: lielagr@uj.ac.za [-]

MA in Semitic Languages and Cultures (Coursework / Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The coursework programme in MA in Semitic Languages and Cultures consists of a minor dissertation and the two modules. In research mode a dissertation where students focus on a topic from the field of Arabic, Islamic Studies, Hebrew (including Jewish Studies) or a cognate Semitic language selected in consultation with the Department must be written under supervision. [+]

Top MA Degrees in Social Sciences in Africa 2017/2018. MA in Semitic Languages and Cultures (Coursework) The programme consists of a minor dissertation and the two modules as listed below. Students, in collaboration with the Department, choose two modules from the list below. Modules are offered over two semesters. Each module is examined by means of an examination with a weighting of 45 credits each. The minor dissertation has a weighting of 90 credits. Students focus on Arabic, Islamic Studies, Hebrew (including Jewish Studies) or a cognate Semitic language. Modules have the following generic content: Compulsory modules Module 1: Methodology of literary research Module 2: Content analysis of a selected field of research Module 3: Minor dissertation Admission requirements To be admitted to this programme, a BA Honours in Semitic Languages, or equivalent qualification, is required. Contact details Name: Prof F Esack Tel: 011 559 2787 / Email: fesack@uj.ac.za MA in Semitic Languages and Cultures (Research) A dissertation where students focus on a topic from the field of Arabic, Islamic Studies, Hebrew (including Jewish Studies) or a cognate Semitic language selected in consultation with the Department must be written under supervision. Admission requirements To be admitted to this programme, a BA Honours in Semitic Languages, or equivalent qualification, is required Contact details Name: Prof F Esack Tel: 011 559 2787 / Email: fesack@uj.ac.za [-]

MA in Psychology (Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

Students develop advanced quantitative and qualitative research skills in Psychology. Such skills can lead to a research-based or academic career. Application of research methodology and the competent communication of research findings must be demonstrated; students must thus be able to conduct independent research. The attendance of workshops and/or contact sessions will be required. [+]

Students develop advanced quantitative and qualitative research skills in Psychology. Such skills can lead to a research-based or academic career. Application of research methodology and the competent communication of research findings must be demonstrated; students must thus be able to conduct independent research. The attendance of workshops and/or contact sessions will be required. Admission requirements The minimum admission requirement is 65% in an Honours Degree in Psychology which normally should have been obtained within the previous five years. Contact details Name: Prof T Guse Tel: 011 559 3248/ Email: tguse@uj.ac.za [-]

MA in Politics (Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

The MA Politics Research Master’s programme covers issues in Politics and International Relations. A student has to write a dissertation on a selected theme from either the fields of Political Science or International Relations, giving evidence of a critical approach and research capability. An article ready for publication has to be submitted along with the dissertation. [+]

Top MA Degrees in Social Sciences in Africa 2017/2018. The MA Politics Research Master’s programme covers issues in Politics and International Relations. A student has to write a dissertation on a selected theme from either the fields of Political Science or International Relations, giving evidence of a critical approach and research capability. An article ready for publication has to be submitted along with the dissertation. Admission requirements Students need a 65% pass rate at Honours level. Contact details Name: Prof Deon Geldenhuys Tel: 011 559 2894 / Email: deong@uj.ac.za [-]

MA in Industrial Sociology (Coursework / Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

The candidate should successfully complete the advanced course in Social Theory, the advanced course in Social Research Methodology, and complete research and write a minor dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. Students also acquire SPSS skills and competencies. Or should complete research and write a dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. [+]

MA in Industrial Sociology (Coursework) The candidate should successfully complete the advanced course in Social Theory, the advanced course in Social Research Methodology, and complete research and write a minor dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. Students also acquire SPSS skills and competencies. Admission requirements Student access will be considered for a student who is in possession of a university-based Honours qualification in Sociology/Industrial Sociology on NQF Level 7. If a student does not comply with the requirements mentioned above, admission may be granted by the Dean of the Faculty, at the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department. Contact details Name: Dr Liela Groenewald Tel: 011 559 2884 / Email: lielagr@uj.ac.za MA in Industrial Sociology (Research) The candidate should complete research and write a dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. Admission requirements Student access will be considered for a student who is in possession of a university-based Honours qualification in Sociology/Industrial Sociology on NQF Level 7. If a student does not comply with the requirements mentioned above, admission may be granted by the Dean of the Faculty, at the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department. Contact details Name: Dr Liela Groenewald Tel: 011 559 2884 / Email: lielagr@uj.ac.za [-]

MA in Development Studies (Coursework / Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

An advanced study programme by coursework, plus a minor dissertation are required or via research leading to a dissertation of around 120 pages. [+]

Top MA Degrees in Social Sciences in Africa 2017/2018. MA in Development Studies (Coursework) An advanced study programme by coursework, plus a minor dissertation are required. Semester 1 Module 1: Critical Development Theories Module 2: Social Policy Module 3: Advanced Research Methodology Semester 2 Module 4: Development Management Module 5: Minor Dissertation Modules 1 to 4 contribute 50% to the final mark and Module 5 contributes 50%. Admission requirements An Honours Degree in Development Studies and a final course mark of at least 65% in the particular discipline. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Development Studies, applicants (for the MA) from other Social Science Degrees with Development Studies content are encouraged, and will be processed through the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning committee. Contact details Name: Prof David Moore Tel: 011 559 2979/2859 / Email: dbmoore@uj.ac.za MA in Development Studies (Research) The programme offers an MA via research leading to a dissertation of around 120 pages. The dissertation is prepared for examining under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in your choice of topic. Admission requirements An Honours Degree in Development Studies and a final course mark of at least 65% in the particular discipline. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Development Studies, applicants (for the MA) from other Social Science Degrees with Development Studies content are encouraged, and will be processed through the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Committee. Contact details Name: Prof David Moore Tel: 011 559 2979/2859 / Email: dbmoore@uj.ac.za [-]