Applications are invited from candidates with an NQF level 8 qualification from a wide range of disciplines who wish to develop specialised knowledge in Development Policy and Practice. The applied nature of the programme provides candidates with an opportunity to either continue in the discipline of Development Policy and Practice or to move from another field of study.
The MPhil offers a structured and sustained learning opportunity and experience with abundant opportunities for applied research on effective approaches and practices of public policy design and implementation in developing countries.
The curriculum is designed to address the challenge of designing, winning support for and implementing new programmes in government. It will strengthen candidates’ capacities to:
• Analyse how governance, political economy and institutional shortfalls influence outcomes and explore practical ways of moving forward, which take these institutional realities into account;
• Design and implement trade and industrial policies for African countries, including the study of regional value chains and cross-border infrastructure;
• Learn about Africa’s bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade negotiations, especially, the African Continental Free Trade Area, with the use of simulations and case studies;
• Build organisation capabilities and effectiveness through careful diagnosis and adaptation to prevailing constraints and opportunities;
• Operate in one or more key policy areas, such as economic development, environmental sustainability, or health policy;
• Become increasingly skilful leaders – with strong focus on personal development and people-management;
• Undertake research that both addresses practical policy and implementation challenges and meets requisite standards of rigour;
• Write a minor dissertation on an approved topic.
Prescribed curriculum structure:
The degree is by coursework and dissertation and consists of 5 courses and 1 minor dissertation. The degree is offered on a full-time basis over a two-year period.
The principal focus of the Master's is on skills which are not conventionally taught within disciplinary programmes, but which are key to effectiveness as leaders.
Research Design and Methods
Policymaking and Implementation
Leadership in Public Governance
Topics in African Economic Transformation
International Trade negotiations & Global Governance
Further specific administrative requirements:
Applications should be submitted by 30 September of the preceding year.