WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$4,043 for the full programme
Part-time Study:2 Years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Science
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Campus:West Campus
Course Type:Master by Research
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

The MSc Town and Regional Planning by research (MSc TRP) is a 1 year full-time or 2-year part-time degree.
Research students are encouraged to apply at least 6 months in advance (foreign students should apply a year in advance to allow for visa application etc.), and if admitted, to register at the beginning of the year. This allows new research students to attend a research methods course that is offered February/March of each year. It is possible to register mid-year, but this is not advantageous in terms of fees charged.

The School of Architecture and Planning is equipped to supervise Masters and PhD by research with expertise in the area of urban and planning theory and sustainable development. The School has only a limited pool of academic members of staff who can supervise research towards our research-based postgraduate degrees.

Admission to the School depends on the availability of a supervisor from within the staff who is capable of and willing to supervise in the area of study. Interested candidates are encouraged to look at the staff list to consider who might be able to provide appropriate supervision in the candidate’s particular area of interest.

Students are then advised to consult with the School PRIOR to submitting a formal application through the Student Enrolment Centre. You can send your enquiry to the School Postgraduate Degree Coordinator or the School Postgraduate Administrator. The enquiry, which may mention which supervisor(s) the candidate has in mind, will be circulated to relevant members of staff.

By way of enquiry, potential candidates should e-mail the following information with a covering e-mail text:
A 3-5 page text of the intended area of research and topic, research question and methods
A copy of degrees and an academic transcript indicating marks
An electronic copy of any previous research undertaken (if available)
Names of academic referees

Only if the School deems the candidate ready and if it is able to identify a potential supervisor or co-supervisors, will the candidate be encouraged to proceed to the formal application process.

Preparing for the Formal Application Process: Once instructed to do so by the School, applicants must compile a formal application.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
An honours level degree in Planning, with a minimum of 65% aggregate in the honours year of study, and a proven ability to write academically. The School only accepts candidates for whom it is able to provide supervision.
Additional Entry Requirements
**3-5 page research proposal covering the following:
– a preliminary title of the research,
– a context/background section,
– a motivation section,
– an outline of the research problem (question and aims/objectives),
– a method overview section,
– an appraisal of sample readings and a list of sample references/bibliography.

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

Some career opportunities are;
– Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer.
– Housing manager/officer.
– Local government officer.
– Town planner.
– Transport planner.
– Urban designer.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $4,043
Tuition Fees for International Students: $4,043

*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

Prof. Mfaniseni Sihlongonyane
Postgraduate Coordinator
Siphokazi Makhaye
Postgraduate Administrator