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The programmes are grouped according to their home faculty. UCT supports interdisciplinary study. Students may apply for whichever programme that interests them, regardless of their academic background, provided they meet the minimum entry requirements for the programme. Therefore students are encouraged to search through this list of programmes and other faculties' programmes.

For example the Master of Philosophy in Development Policy and Practice [CM033DPP01] is listed under Commerce (its home faculty) but only requires that a student holds an honours degree to enrol for it. Many such opportunities exist in different faculties and students are encouraged to look for them.

Similarly students are encouraged to select courses from different faculties. There are many courses listed on this website that allow students from different academic backgrounds to enrol for them. Students are encouraged to select such courses to enrich their learning experience.

Master of City and Regional Planning [EM007APG03]

In South Africa at the present time there exists a strong need to produce professional planners capable of operating at both the city and regional scales. The study of city planning and regional planning has therefore been integrated in a single comprehensive programme.
The MCRP degree programme has been structured so as to accommodate the basic differences and overlaps between the city and regional planning stream, and city planning and urban design stream. Coursework in the programme includes the theoretical and practical subject matter necessary to meet the requirements of the Certification of Environmental Practitioners in South Africa.

Qualification name: MCRP
Delivery Mode and Duration: The degree programme is of two years’ full-time duration (with an extended-study option over three years). Contact.

General Entry requirements

  • A person shall not be admitted as a candidate for the degree unless he or she is proficient in English and
  • is a graduate of the University or of another University recognized by the Senate for the purpose; or
  • has passed at any University or at any Institution recognized by the Senate for the purpose, such examinations as are, in the opinion of the Senate, equivalent to the examinations prescribed for a degree at the University; or
  • has in any other manner attained a level of competence which, in the opinion of Senate, on the recommendation of the Faculty, is adequate for the purposes of admission as a candidate for the degree of Master of City and Regional Planning.
  • Selection is based on an applicant's academic record which for graduates of three-year undergraduate programmes, would normally be expected to reflect marks in HEQSF Level 7 courses, which would qualify the applicant for entry into the appropriate Honours programme i.e. in the range 65% and above, together with his or her response to certain other requirements set by the Programme Convener, which may vary from time to time.
  • Entry into the programme is limited by the space available.

Convener: Dr N Odendaal, NDip(TRP) ML Sultan BA UNISA MTRP UND PhD Witwatersrand RTPI

Prescribed curriculum: This curriculum must be read together with the Degree Rules in the General Information section of this Handbook. Candidates for the MCRP degree are required to complete the core courses listed below, totalling 168 credits in the first year and 180 credits in the second year.

Core courses:

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

First Year: semester 1

APG4020F

Planning Theory & Practice

8

8

APG4021F

Urban Infrastructure

12

8

APG4022F

Planning Project A

32

8

APG4028F

Aspects of City Design

12

8

APG4029F

Natural Systems

12

8

APG4035F

Planning Techniques I

12

8

First Year: semester 2

APG4023S

Urban Economic Development Processes

12

8

APG4024S

Planning & Governmental Systems

12

8

APG4025S

Regulatory & Legal Framework

12

5

APG4026S

Planning Project B

32

8

APG4038S

Planning Techniques II

12

8

Second Year: semester 1

APG5020F

Regional Planning Project

32

9

APG5023F

Regional Planning Theory

20

9

Second Year: semester 2

APG5024S

Planning Techniques III

12

9

APG5051Z

Dissertation MCRP

120

9

Master of City Planning and Urban Design [EM008APG04]

Please note, the MCPUD will not be on offer in 2016, but will be offered in a new format in 2017.

The City Planning and Urban Design degree produces professionals which contribute to the design and management of change in the built and natural environment. The first year of study of this programme, which focuses on city planning, is shared with the MCRP degree. The second year of study deals with urban design, and focuses on the three-dimensional design of cities, usually at a smaller urban scale. Through the study and practice of these disciplines you will be exposed to attitudes and principles which will enable you to operate responsibly in any context. Studio work projects, integrating theory and practice, will equip you with the professional skills and knowledge necessary to operate effectively in a professional context, as well as enabling you to relate to practitioners from other disciplines.

Qualification name: MCPUD
Delivery Mode and Duration: The curriculum for the degree shall extend over a minimum of two academic years of study. The curriculum may be taken over a period of three years by candidates in part-time employment.

General Entry requirements:

A person shall not be admitted as a candidate for the degree unless he or she is proficient in English and

  • is a graduate in Architecture of the University or of another University recognised by the Senate for the purpose; or
  • has passed at any University or at any Institution recognised by the Senate for the purpose, such examinations as are, in the opinion of the Senate, equivalent to the examinations prescribed for the BAS(Hons) and M. Arch (Prof) degrees at the University; or
  • has in any other manner attained a level of competence which in the opinion of Senate, on the recommendation of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment is adequate for the purposes of admission as a candidate for the degree. Candidates holding the Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree of a University may be accepted on evidence of demonstrated spatial design ability.
  • Selection is based on an applicant’s academic record and where an applicant holds a three-year Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree, they would be expected to reflect Studio work results in the range of 65% and above, in order to be considered for entry into the MCPUD programme.
  • All applicants must also submit a portfolio of design work, and other material as specified in the Application Form, for consideration by an Admissions Committee.
  • Entry into the programme is limited.

Convener: A/Prof H Comrie, BArch Pret MUD Wits PhD Greenwich Arch (SA)

Prescribed curriculum: This curriculum must be read together with the Degree Rules in the General Information section of this Handbook. Each student must complete all of the courses.

Core courses:

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

First Year: semester 1

APG4020F

Planning Theory and Practice

8

8

APG4021F

Urban Infrastructure

12

8

APG4022F

Planning Project A

32

8

APG4028F

Aspects of City Design

12

8

APG4029F

Natural Systems

12

8

APG4035F

Planning Techniques I

12

8

First Year: Second semester 2

APG4023S

Urban Economic Development Processes

12

8

APG4024S

Planning & Governmental Systems

12

8

APG4025S

Regulatory & Legal Framework

12

5

APG4026S

Planning Project B

32

8

APG4038S

Planning Techniques II

12

8

Second Year: semester 1

APG5055F

Urban Design Projects

35

9

APG5056F

Urban Design Theory

25

9

Second Year: semester 2

APG5024S

Planning Techniques III

12

9

APG5050Z

Dissertation MCPUD

120

9

Total credits

360

Master of Philosophy in Energy & Development Studies [EM026MEC08]

Please note the programme is under redevelopment and therefore temporarily suspended i.e. May not be offered in 2017. The information provided here may change when new course curriculum is finalised.

This multi-disciplinary programme is specifically aimed at students from a diverse range of academic backgrounds. It aims to provide students with key insights and analytical understanding of key energy issues both in South Africa and globally. By the end of the programme students should have a broad knowledge base of key energy concepts, sources, technologies, and policies; as well as understanding the key intersections between energy and society, the economy and the environment. Students should also have developed strong analytical skills that can be taken forward into a diverse range of sectors whether business, government, research or NGOs.

Qualification name: MPhil in Energy and Development studies
Delivery Mode and Duration: The degree can be pursued as dissertation only, or through a combination of coursework & dissertation. The dissertation-only Masters requires students to complete a supervised dissertation worth 180 HEQF credits. Students are only accepted for the dissertation-only Masters under exceptional circumstances, and if they already have some years’ experience in the energy sector. The coursework and thesis option is offered as a two-year programme – the first year consists of coursework (80 credits), followed by thesis (120 credits) in the second year.  

General Entry requirements

Applicants must at the minimum:

  • hold any four-year Honours degree with a minimum average of 65% in the final year.
  • or hold any three year degree with a minimum average 65% pass mark and at least five years relevant work experience.

Convener: Prof H Winkler MSc Berkeley MA PhD Cape Town

Prescribed curriculum: Students are required to complete 80 credits of course work, the courses being chosen from the list below. Courses other than those on the list below may be taken subject to the approval of the Director of the Energy Research Centre. To qualify for the MPhil degree candidates are required to complete a supervised dissertation, equivalent to a further 120 credits, the topic of which requires the approval of the Director of the ERC.

Core courses:

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

MEC5092W

Dissertation Energy & Development Studies

120

9

MEC5091Z

Introduction to Energy Policy & Sustainable Energy Engineering

20

9

MEC5097Z

Dissertation Preparation

0

9

END5050X.

Master’s journal paper

0

9

Elective Courses (60 credits must be selected from the following list)

MEC5059Z

Energy Modelling

20

9

MEC5075Z

New & Renewable Energy Technologies

20

9

MEC5087Z

Energy Markets & Governance

20

9

MEC5088Z

Energy Poverty & Development

20

9

MEC5089Z

Energy Project

20

9

MEC5090Z

Energy & Climate Change

20

9

By dissertation only

Core courses:

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

MEC5093W

Dissertation Energy & Development Studies

180

9

END5050X

Master’s journal paper

0

9

Master of Philosophy specialising in Urban Infrastructure Design & Management [EM027CIV03]

The programme is closed to 2016 new applicants. The course modules will however be offered to returning students and those students registering for the courses as electives.

The primary aim of the MPhil specialising in Urban Infrastructure Design and Management is to produce graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to engage effectively with infrastructure design and management in developing cities. Topics include: Issues and strategies; community development, urban renewal, sustainable urban systems, advanced infrastructure management and information technology and other planning and management topics.

A central issue for both South Africa and the broader African continent is the delivery of urban services and infrastructure to rapidly growing urban populations, such that they are enabled to live and work in sustainable and integrated environments. This Master’s programme, leading to an MPhil in Urban Infrastructure Design and Management, is aimed at building capacity among those in government and the private sector that are committed to the future of African cities and to the servicing of particularly poorer inhabitants. The programme has a strong inter-disciplinary focus as the Faculty believes that urban problems can only be addressed through an integration of approaches which come from specific disciplinary backgrounds. To this end the programme draws on staff from engineering, architecture, planning, environmental sciences, geography, the social sciences, and management.

Qualification name: MPhil in Urban Infrastructure Design and Management

Convener: A/Prof MB van Ryneveld, PrEng CEng BSc(Eng) Cape Town PhD Wits FSAICE MICE MIWA MWISA MSASEE

Prescribed curriculum: To obtain the MPhil degree, students are required to complete four core modules, two electives and the minor dissertation. The MPhil in Urban Infrastructure Design and Management can also be completed through a 120 credit dissertation plus approved 60 credits coursework or 180 credit dissertation. (www.africancentreforcities.net/programme/mphil-in-urban-infrastructure)

Topics for END5037Z: Minor Dissertation may be restricted to fields of interest indicated on a list held by the Programme Convenor. If a student wishes to carry out research in any other topic, s/he will have to identify an able and willing supervisor prior to registration for END5037Z.

Core courses:

Master’s: Total of 180 NQF credits

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

END5037Z

Minor Dissertation

60

9

CIV5064Z

Urban Transitions in the Global South

20

9

CIV5065Z

Urban Renewal

20

9

END5042Z

Sustainable Urban Systems

20

9

END5043Z

Community Development

20

9

Electives courses (select 40 credits):

CIV5067Z

Advanced Infrastructure Management

20

9

CIV5107Z

Integrated Urban Water Management

20

9

CON5016Z

Project Implementation and Management

20

9

END5036Z

Local Area Transport Planning, Management & Design

20

9

END5038Z

Integrated Land-Use & Transport Planning

20

9

 

180 NQF credits

Master of Philosophy in Sustainable Mineral Resource Development [EM026CHE05]

Mining in Africa, as in the rest of the world, has changed from simply balancing production targets with cost control to a complex set of interrelationships including safety, health, the environment, sustainable development and proactive stakeholder management. This programme is aimed at providing an interdisciplinary postgraduate qualification that highlights the critical factors of sustainable development in the context of mining and minerals processing in Africa; including an understanding of, and a sensitivity and progressive approach to, managing and interacting with communities, environmental challenges, safety cultures, health-related issues and regulatory frameworks. This trans-disciplinary Master of Philosophy Degree is offered through the Minerals to Metals Research Initiative within the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCT.

Qualification name: MPhil
Delivery Mode and Duration: This is a two-year Master’s programme. Core courses will be delivered in blocks of approximately one to two weeks each within the first year of study, with attendance by the entire cohort of students from the two universities involved. Course assignments will be presented via structured webinar (seminars delivered via the world-wide web) sessions, and contact with the students will be maintained via the Internet and e-mail.

General Entry requirements

  • This programme targets graduates from across a spectrum of disciplines , who have an interest in pursuing or advancing their careers in the field of mining and minerals beneficiation as professionals in a variety of areas e.g. geologists, engineers, economists, planners, strategists, lawyers, regulators, health professionals, safety specialists, environmental officers, social scientists, etc.

  • The basic entry requirement is a four-year Bachelor’s degree or an Honours degree in any relevant field. HND (Higher National Diploma) or its equivalent embodying relevant specialization will be considered as a basis for entry, subject to appropriate experience.

  • The number of students accepted into the programme in any year will be restricted by the resource capacity of the programme. Selection will be based on an applicant's academic record; the duration, level and relevant work experience; and the availability of a suitable programme and research project supervisor.

  • In keeping with the inter- and-cross-disciplinary nature of this programme, selection will also be aimed at promoting diversity amongst the students in terms of fields of study, expertise and/or experience.

  • In order to be accepted onto this programme, candidates are required to submit a 1000 word statement of interest in the Master’s programme, together with a CV, to the course convener Professor J-P Franzidis (jean-paul.franzidis@uct.ac.za). This statement should include a motivation for attending the course and a short statement on the area(s) the candidate is considering for the research dissertation.

  • Further information and procedures for formal application are available from the programme administrator, Mrs Barbara Andersen (barbara.andersen@uct.ac.za).

Convener: J-P Franzidis, BSc(Eng)Chem MSc(Eng) Cape Town PhD Open MSAIChE MSAIMM

Prescribed curriculum: A candidate shall complete coursework to the minimum of 60 credits, which includes all core courses listed below, and a 120 credit dissertation. Students will complete the research component of the degree at UCT under supervision, and complete course work at UCT (including the UCT Graduate School of Business), the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Zambia. Credit and exemption will be granted for courses taken at other institutions, as shown below.

Core courses:

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

CHE5002Z

Master’s Dissertation: Chemical Engineering

120

9

CHE5087Z

Research Methodology

16

9

CHE5082Z

Dissertation Preparation

0

9

END5050X

Master’s Journal Paper

0

9

CHE4054Z

* Environmental Stewardship in Mining & Minerals Beneficiation

12

8

CHE4055X

Practical Training in Sustainable Development

0

8

CHE4056Z

** Special Topics in Sustainable Development

16

8

GSB4264Z

Strategic Engagement Practice

16

8

*University of Zambia (School of Mines): ‘Environmental Stewardship in Mining & Minerals Beneficiation’ (CHE4054Z), credit and exemption will be granted. **University of Stellenbosch (Sustainability Institute): ‘Advanced Introduction to Sustainable Development’ (CHE4056Z), credit and exemption will be granted.