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POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

The Department welcomes applications for admission to the honours, master’s and doctoral programmes in Politics and International Relations.  

1. HONOURS (BA HONS IN POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS)
Programme code: H7052Q     SAQA ID: 73748     NQF level: 8 Credits: 120

2. MASTER’S DEGREE (RESEARCH MASTER’S:  DISSERTATION)
Programme code: M7041Q SAQA ID: 73961 NQF level: 9 Credits: 180

2.1  MASTER'S DEGREE (DEVELOPMENT STUDIES: COURSEWORK MASTER'S)

Programme code: M7018Q    SAQA ID: 73949   NQF level: 9    Credits: 180
[MA Development Studies: (Specialising in Africa and the Caribbean)]

This flagship degree emerges from the Joint Institute for Global African Affairs (IGAA) inaugurated between the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) in 2019. It focuses on Global Africa in the twenty-first century, addressing historical and contemporary developmental, political, and socio-economic issues in Africa and the Caribbean. The course anticipates a joint degree from both UJ and UWI, joint online courses with UWI, and a 10-day intensive course at UWI in the Caribbean. The degree aims to prepare students for careers in development, diplomacy, trade, public service, international organisations, NGOs, think tanks, and academia.

A JOINT MASTER’S QUALIFICATION! 

Our Joint Master's qualification with The University of West Indies (UWI) information brochure
The programme is hosted through the Faculty of Humanities, UJ.


3. DOCTORAL DEGREE (THESIS)
Programme code: P7022Q SAQA ID: 16339 NQF level: 10 Credits: 360

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • All Postgraduate degrees in our department require a basic minimum entrance requirement of 65% obtained in the previous degree (Politics, International Relations or a cognate discipline). See the Humanities Postgraduate Yearbook
  • Applicants meeting the basic entrance requirement are welcome to submit all necessary documentation via the official UJ online application system which opens annually on 1st April and closes on 31st October for applicants applying for the following year. (https://www.uj.ac.za/studyatUJ/sec/Pages/Postgraduate-Applicant.aspx)
  • Please note that academic performance is only one criterion and the department may limit the number of admissions due to constraints of space and supervision capacity in the interests of quality of instruction. 
  • Candidates might also be asked to complete a writing exercise or be asked to attend an interview as part of the application process. These could also be taken into account in determining an applicant’s eligibility for admission to advanced studies.
  • International students: please consult the International Office for specific prerequisites including study permits, medical cover and English language proficiency requirements. The international office will, where applicable, refer candidates to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA, www.saqa.org.za) for validation of qualifications, as well as for English language proficiency testing. A SAQA certificate should, where appropriate, be submitted online together with the other required documents. The International Office also provides information about the application procedure. International office: +27 (0)11 559 2018
  • Any enquiries can be made, via email, to the convenor of the postgraduate committee, Prof Anna-Mart Van Wyk at this address: pgapplications@uj.ac.za.

MASTER’S AND DOCTORAL APPLICANTS
 
  • Additional Admission Requirements:
  • When submitting all the necessary documentation specified on the UJ application website, the Department also requires you to submit:
  • A 1-page outline of your proposed MA or PhD topic (indicating title, research question or aim, methodology, and, in the case of doctoral applicants, your original contribution to knowledge).
  • Please visit the staff profiles at: https://www.uj.ac.za/faculties/humanities/dpir/Pages/Staff.aspx and indicate on your outline two supervisors with whom you would prefer to work.