Master in Urban Studies

General

Programme Description

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 2018

Duration

Duration e.g. F/T or P/T by Research or by coursework and research etc. 1-year full time, 2 years part-time. Weekly classes (no block release nor evening classes. Coursework (50%), research (50%)

Careers

Research in academia (Ph.D.); in NGOs, global or government institutions (for policy development or advocacy)

Entry Requirements

Honours degree in planning/ development/ social science discipline; Average Honours mark above 65%. A strong motivation letter with a visible interest in research.

Last updated February 2018

About the School

Wits is strategically located in Johannesburg, a world class city, with countless opportunities for students and staff to engage with and present solutions that will contribute to our country's knowle ... Read More

Wits is strategically located in Johannesburg, a world class city, 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. Read Less