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The Nelson Mandela School Masters/MPhil in Development Policy and Practice 2021 (Scholarships Available) – University of Cape Town

Prepare to lead in the public sector with The Mandela School’s MPhil in Development Policy and Practice

Application Deadline: Ongoing

About the Award: The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance’s Master of Philosophy (MPhil) specialising in Development Policy and Practice offers a structured and sustained learning experience with abundant opportunities for applied research on effective approaches and practices of public policy design and implementation in the African continent. This multi-disciplinary degree includes a balance of theoretical and practical skills and provides candidates with an opportunity to deepen their mastery in the discipline of Development Policy and Practice or to facilitate a move from another field of study.

Type: Masters

Eligibility: Candidates must hold an Honours degree or NQF level 8 equivalent with a minimum average of 65% in order to apply.

To be Taken at (Country): South Africa

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: The MPhil in Development Policy and Practice teaches students to address the challenge of designing, winning support for, and implementing new programmes in government and the broader public sector with strengthened capacities to:

  • Analyse how governance, political economy and institutional shortfalls influence outcomes, and explore practical ways of moving forward, which take these institutional realities into account.
  • Design and implement trade and industrial policies for African countries, including the study of regional value chains and cross-border infrastructure.
  • Learn about Africa’s bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade negotiations, especially, the African Continental Free Trade Area, through the use of simulations and case studies.
  • Build individual, team and organisational capabilities and effectiveness through personal development and understanding public sector institutions and governance systems, and application to current challenges, constraints and opportunities.
  • Operate in one or more key policy areas, such as economic development, environmental sustainability, or health policy.
  • Become increasingly skilful leaders, with a strong focus on personal development and people-management.
  • Undertake research that both addresses practical policy and implementation challenges and meets requisite standards of rigour.

Duration of Award: The degree is offered on a full-time basis over a two-year period. The first year of the programme is dedicated to coursework, while the second year is meant for the dissertation. Students are expected to attend two-hour seminar style lectures for each course once a week.

How to Apply: Apply online via the UCT application portal – 2022 applications now open.

Please keep the following documents nearby as you will be asked to upload these during the application process:

  • current CV with referee details
  • certified academic transcripts
  • a letter motivating your participation in the class (please indicate in your letter of motivation where you heard about our Master’s)

You will also need to courier the original certified academic transcripts to:
The Admissions Office
University of Cape Town
c/o Bremner Building Lower Campus
South Africa

Should you experience any difficulties with your application please contact the Admissions Office: Email: [email protected]

Tel: 021 650 2128

Physical address
The Admissions Office, University of Cape Town,  Level 4, Masingene Building
Middle Campus
Cape Town
South Africa

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

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