WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,487 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Commerce
Campus:Upper Campus
Application Deadline: 31 October 2021
Programme Overview

It appears that organisations often pay limited attention to the complexity involved in managing people. In order to manage people effectively a deep understanding of the nature of human behaviour in the workplace is required.

The purpose of this Masters programme is to explore these complexities. The programme is based on a triangulated approach to learning where students apply lecture content to their current workplace. In this way students will be encouraged to reflect on‚ and assess‚ the effect of their studies in their applied context.


Course outline
The central theme of the programme is the people manager as a strategic business partner. The programme consists of two parts: a coursework section (weight 70%) and a research dissertation (weight 30%).

The coursework section of the programme consists of six modules please click here to get more information about the content.
– Strategy
– Research methods
– Design and staffing
– Reward and talent management
– Human resource development
– Intergroup skills

The course requires students to approach the content areas from a Systems Thinking perspective. An introduction to Systems Thinking will be provided in the first block of lectures.

For the research dissertation, students choose a research topic in collaboration with their work mentor and their supervisor. This research topic should be of value to the organisation where the student is employed. The dissertation is limited to 10‚000 words.

The programme has been designed to conform to the registration requirements of the South African Board of People Practice.

Admission Requirements

The programme is aimed at people who work in the field of people management. The minimum admission requirement is an Honours degree in Human Resources or Organisational Psychology / Industrial Psychology and a minimum of three years’ work experience in the field of human resources. In order to qualify for selection into the programme applicants should have an average mark of 65% for their Honours degree. At the discretion of the Head of Section‚ applicants who do not have an Honours degree in these fields or the required mark in the Honours degree‚ but have at least five years of work experience in the field of human resources may receive recognition of prior learning. Such candidates may be required to write specialised admission tests.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $18

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;
– Business adviser.
– Careers adviser.
– Data scientist.
– Higher education lecturer.
– Life coach.
– Management consultant.
– Mediator.
– Operational researcher

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,487
Tuition Fees for International Students: $3,487

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

Anton Schlechter
Programme Convener
Miss Nonnie Falala
General Enquiries