WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,143 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Start Date:February 2023
Academic Unit:Faculty of Commerce
Campus:Upper Campus
Course Type:Master by Coursework & Dissertation
Application Deadline: 31 October 2021
Programme Overview

On completion of the programme, a successful graduate will be able to demonstrate professional competence in the core areas of demographic analysis and research. Included in this is the clear demonstration of a capacity to apply and develop methods of demographic analysis that are both theoretically informed, and appropriate to the research (and research context) pursued.

The core competencies are indicated by the material suggested in the course outlines. Particular emphasis is placed on training demographers capable of working with developing countries data and in other situations where data are either non-existent or inadequate.


A masters degree by dissertation and coursework lasting 18 months. Coursework will be completed in the first year of study, with the dissertation submitted by the middle of the second year. The dissertation will account for 50% of the marks awarded for the degree. Students with a weighted average in excess of 75%, including at least 75% for the dissertation, will be awarded the degree with distinction. Students will, in general, graduate in June of the year following first registration. In exceptional circumstances, students may, particularly if they have prior demographic training, be able to complete the course in one academic year.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
An honours degree with at least a full first-year university mathematics course, and second year statistics, or their equivalent. Some or all of these requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Programme Committee.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $19

How to apply
Postgraduate applications are only possible online and must be submitted at

If you need help in completing your application, or advice about your choice of programme, contact:
Tel: (021) 650-2128 or email:
The Admissions Office is located on Level 4, Masingene Building, Middle
Campus, and will where necessary refer you to a faculty office or department for more details information or advice.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities are;
– Data Analyst
– Research Assistant
– Researcher
– Senior Data Analyst-
– Analyst

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,143
Tuition Fees for International Students: $2,143

Please note that fees and payment requirements differ for local and international students. A further distinction is made between international students from the SADC region, international students from elsewhere in Africa, and international students from outside Africa. The following information does not apply to students registering at the Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Students must pay the Course Fees for the selected courses, plus an International Admin Service Fee of R4, 000 plus the International Term Fee where applicable
– International Admin Service Fee – R4000
– International Term Fee from outside Africa- R49900
– International Term Fee Non-SADC – R37263
– South Africa and SADC Application fee – R100
– Outside of SADC region – R300

Relevant Contact

Prof. Tom A Moultrie
Progamme Convener
Simone Franks
Postgraduate Administrative Assistant