WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$4,325 for the full programme
Part-time Study:2 Years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Urban Studies
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Campus:West Campus
Course Type:Master by Coursework & Research Report
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

The MUS (HHS) aims to develop practical, managerial, analytical, and spatial skills, as well as social and cultural sensitivities, to meet housing challenges in the unevenly developing world.

Students are offered the unique opportunity to engage with housing issues from a multi-disciplinary, internationalist perspective. The coursework covers theoretical, conceptual, social, technical, managerial, legal, financial and planning aspects of housing and includes electives that deepen the engagement with housing in specialised areas.

Through the substantial research component, students are given the opportunity to critically explore a particular aspect of their interest in housing. Students are taught and supervised by a multi-disciplinary team of scholars.

The MUS (HHS) is offered on a block release requiring presence at Wits University for two full days (8.30 am-3.30 pm) once a month. However, in the second year of the part-time route, part-time candidates have to attend the Research Methods for one full day every two weeks for the first quarter of the year. There are several research progress presentations scheduled across the remainder of the year.


The MUS (HHS) consists of coursework and research. The coursework, which has the same credit weighting as the research component, is designed to complement the research enquiry. The elective course allows for individual specialisation beyond the essential housing competencies taught in the compulsory courses. The degree is structured as follows:

– 4 compulsory Category A courses (70 points)
– 1 elective from Category B (20 points)
– Research Report (90 points)

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
An honours or equivalent degree with a minimum of 65% aggregate is required. As the MUS (HHS) is interdisciplinary, the honours or equivalent degree may be in any field.

‘Differently qualified’ candidates who are considered for admission are those with substantial work experience (minimum four years) in the field of housing at senior management level, but with formal qualifications at lower levels (three year university or former technikon degree). The procedure we apply in assessing applications from differently qualified candidates involves a personal interview with members of the selection committee. Differently qualified candidates must submit their applications early to allow for the interview procedure.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements for consideration for the degree, for other study options.

Additional Entry Requirements
Compulsory assignment.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $12
Application Fees for International Students: $12

How to apply
– Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
– Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
– Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
– Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $4,325
Tuition Fees for International Students: $4,325

*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
*Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.
*Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay the same amount as South African Students
*Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).

Relevant Contact

Siphokazi Makhaye
Postgraduate Administrator