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The Mandela School Master's programme offers students a multi-disciplinary degree with a balance of theoretical and practical skills. The core curriculum is drawn from the disciplines of economics, political science and public management and is designed to address the challenge of driving effective reforms or establishing new public programmes.   

In 2014, while we were still known as the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, we initiated a two-year part-time degree aimed at senior officials from across Africa. This degree is still offered with a mix of intensive on-site and distance learning, ensuring participants need not reside in Cape Town.  From 2021, a full-time Master's degree  will be offered for high-achieving graduates who are aiming for senior positions in the public sector.

The Mandela School has capacity for a limited number of PhD students with preference given to those already familiar with the school's academic approach.

Meet some of our students from across the African continent and hear what they say about our innovative part-time Master's Degree in Development Policy and Practice.

Masters graduates on the day of the UCT Summer graduation on 13 December, 2019, picture taken at the Mandela School. Photographer: Phumza Marumo