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MPhil (Master of Philosophy in Social Policy and Development)

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Applications now open for MPhil in Social Policy and Development at UJ

Are you interested in developing expertise in understanding poverty, unemployment, inequality, gender disparities, social development issues, social welfare or social policy? 

Do you work for: 

• A Non-profit organisation 

• A Government department 

• A Development Agency 

• In a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department?

If you answered yes to some of the above, then this offering at UJ will be of interest to you.

We invite you to apply for our MPhil in Social Policy and Development. This crossdisciplinary Masters Programme is designed to help capable and motivated students find solutions to complex issues currently facing our country, continent, and the world. You will have the benefit of engaging with a team of experts and scholars locally and around the world. The MPhil is a collaborative initiative between the Department of Development Studies and the Centre for Social Development in Africa, within the Faculty of Humanities at UJ.

Closing date for international students and those applying for bursaries offered by the CSDA is 31 August 2020.  

Additional applications from South African students and students who are permanent residents of South Africa will be accepted up to 30 October 2020 

The CSDA offers several bursaries to support students to complete the course on a full-time basis. The DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Welfare and Social Development invites applications from students with excellent academic records for a two-year Masters bursary to the value of R80000 per year.

One student will be awarded the Prof Tessa Hochfeld Memorial Bursary Award. The bursary is a joint initiative between the CSDA and the family of the late Prof Tessa Hochfeld intended to support students to continue Tessa's work in the area of social and gender justice. The bursary is valued at R80000 per year for two years.

To apply for either of these bursaries please include a letter of motivation about why you should be considered for either of these bursaries with your application. 


WATCH: Course Lead and DST/NRF SARChi in Welfare and Social Development, Prof Leila Patel discuss more about the MPhil


"I'm interested, what next?"

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ's): Download the MPhil Brochure - this brochure has answers to all the questions you might have! 

IMPORTANT: In addition to completing the official UJ application process, you are requested to download and complete the MPhil application form and checklist.

For further enquiries, email: csdainfo@uj.ac.za