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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: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

Rapidly changing urban realities, particularly on the African continent, require ongoing and constantly innovating urban research. Urban research forms the backbone of evidence-based policy and intervention programmes. It informs robust political and technical debates about policy directions.

Urban research, when reported through the media, also shapes public opinion, contributing to breaking down prejudices, discrimination and inequality.

Urban research can also support important normative approaches which, if adopted, may turn the tide of urban exploitation. Inevitably interdisciplinary, urban research at various scales helps us bridge disciplines and sectors as well as artificial geographic boundaries.

The MUS (UR) provides a thorough background in urban research, offering sound training prior to commencement of doctoral studies and for work-related research careers in public or private sector organizations or NGOs.

Curriculum

The MUS (UR) consists of coursework and research. The coursework, which has the same credit weighting as the research component, underpins the research enquiry. Unlike the other MUS fields, the MUS (UR) allows for two electives. Candidates interested in quantitative methods are advised to take SOSS7070A ‘Advanced Statistics for Demographic Survey’. The elective courses allow for individual specialisation. The degree is structured as follows:

– 3 compulsory Category A courses (70 points)
– 2 electives from Category B (20 points)
– Research Report (90 points)
Students who lack particular skills are asked to take an additional course: ARPL7052A Technologies and Techniques of the Built Environment (20) 

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Honours or equivalent degree with a minimum of 65% aggregate is required.

The MUS (UR) consists of coursework and research. The coursework, which has the same credit weighting as the research component, underpins the research enquiry. Unlike the other MUS fields, the MUS (UR) allows for two electives. Candidates interested in quantitative methods are advised to take SOSS7070A ‘Advanced Statistics for Demographic Survey’. The elective courses allow for individual specialisation. The degree is structured as follows:

– 3 compulsory Category A courses (70 points)
– 2 electives from Category B (20 points)
– Research Report (90 points)
Students who lack particular skills are asked to take an additional course: ARPL7052A Technologies and Techniques of the Built Environment (20)

As the MUS (UR) 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 research at a senior 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.

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.
Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities are;
– Author.
– Archivist.
– Communications Consultant.
– Community Developer.
– Cultural Consultant.
– Diplomat.
– Editor.
– Emergency Response Planner.

Tuition Fees Details
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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