Frequently Asked Questions



What 4 year degrees or qualifications are regarded as acceptable for admission to the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice?

The standard requirement is a four year degree, such as the South African Honours degree.  As degree structures differ from country to country, the university is currently developing a centralised policy for assessing equivalence.  We have submitted the names of the countries we are expecting applications from, for consideration in this process.  If you would like feedback on your qualifications, please supply full details of your degree/s and the university that you graduated from so that we can forward the details to Central Admissions for rating purposes.

Is there any kind of payment plan for tuition? When would payment be required and could it be paid over time? 

There are no payment plans available. An initial payment needs to be made at the beginning of February to enable you to register and the balance needs to be received in full by the end of June.

If there are scholarships, would they be awarded for the two years, or would people have to re-apply after one year? 

Scholarships would be awarded for one year with the option of continued support in the second year depending on satisfactory academic performance and availability of funds. The School has a limited number of partial fee only scholarships which can be applied for once you have been offered a place. These are, however, not guaranteed and we strongly urge all prospective students needing funding to seek support from external sources.

When will applicants hear about their selection and scholarship awards?

Offers of places will be made to successful applicants by the end of November.  The timeline for scholarship awards will be announced in due course.

What are the fees for the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice?

R76 500 per year for SA/SADC citizens in 2017
R92 500 per year for non SA/SADC citizens in 2016
Fees escalate by roughly 10% per annum. Final fees are announced in September each year.

Are there any application fees?

R100 for applications from South Africa and the SADC region
R300 for applications from outside the SADC region
Please see the main UCT website for payment details

Can I do the MPhil full-time?

The MPhil is not available on a full-time basis yet. An announcement will be made on our website as soon as it becomes available.

What are the selection criteria?

An Honours degree, or its equivalent, as well as five years of professional experience, with an orientation towards public service.

How many coursework modules are there?

There are six courses, lasting between one and three semesters each, and a mini dissertation: 
-    Strategic policy-making for development (one semester)
-    Policy implementation and the regulation of markets (one semester)
-    Topics in development policy (two semesters)
-    Leadership 1 and 2 (three semesters)
-    Electives (one semester)

How long is a ‘mini’ dissertation?

20-30,000 words.

Are there exams?

Yes, just one!  There is one for the course on ‘Topics in development policy’, accounting for 40% of the course grade.  All other assessments are based on written assignments – and the mini dissertation.