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 (MUS)
Start Date:February 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 Master of Urban Studies in the field of Sustainable Energy Efficient Cities (MUS (SEEC)) qualification is a one-year full-time (or two-year part-time) programme on sustainability and energy studies with a focus on cities, settlements, buildings and architecture.

As the centres of human habitation as well as production and consumption, cities and their respective built environments pose a double-edged sustainability dilemma for humanity with regard to challenges versus intervention, adaptation and mitigation opportunities.

Based on a multi-disciplinary approach, the programme admits students with an honours-level qualification in diverse disciplines including the built environment, engineering, social sciences, humanities and natural sciences.

The course starts early to mid-February and ends with the submission of the research report for examination end February of the following year, or one year later if taken part-time. This degree is offered mostly on a block release. However, the course ‘Understanding Cities of the South’ is offered on a weekly basis throughout the first semester, and the course ‘Environmental Planning and Sustainable Development’ is offered on a weekly basis throughout the second semester.

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 (SEEC) 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 urban management 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
Honours or equivalent degree with a minimum average of 65%. ‘Differently qualified’ candidates who are considered for admission are those with substantial work experience (minimum four years) in the field of sustainability, energy efficiency and the built environment 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 the members of the selection committee. Differently qualified candidates must submit their applications early to allow for the interview procedure

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.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this qualification can expect to play a significant role in the transition processes towards greening the economy, consumption and lifestyles in the South African, regional and global economies and markets as well as related policies and institutional transformations.

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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