University of the Witwatersrand: 2012 Postgraduate Programme in Development Studies

University of the Witwatersrand, Department of Development Studies

The Department of Development Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand invites applications for its inter-disciplinary 2012 Postgraduate Programme in Development Studies.
The programme is social sciences-orientated and specialises in health, labour, gender and rural development. The programme is appropriate for students keen to pursue a career in policy research and in the local and international development organisations. Students will be able to draw upon a vast range of local and international academic expertise in a range of disciplines within the School of Social Sciences and in Economics as they critically engage in current local, national and international debates in development studies while promoting professional skills in these fields.

The student body is cosmopolitan and admission is highly competitive. Students with a good undergraduate degree of 70 percent average or above, in any of the social or economic sciences, will be considered for admission into this programme. In special circumstances, students with an average of 65 percent and above will be considered. Students with an undergraduate training in other subjects will be considered through a special admissions process. Students with practical experience in the world of development will be especially welcome.

Students wishing to do a PhD by research only should approach the course coordinator at in the first instance to discuss the area of enquiry in which they wish to work.

To apply online, refer to or send an e-mail to the Student Enrolment Centre’s Postgraduate Section for assistance at

Application closing dates for 2012

  • International Students: Closing date: 30 September 2011;
  • South African Students: Closing date: 30 November 2011.

The Programme has one annual intake, in January, at the Honours and Masters by Coursework levels.

Two intakes, in January and July for Research Degrees; Masters by Dissertation and PhD only.

Enquiries: Pulane Ditlhake, Administration Officer, Tel: 27 11 717 4443, Fax : 27 11 717 4469 or e-mail to

For more about the Development Studies department at Wits, refer to

For more about the Witwatersrand University, refer to

Event Start Date: 
Wednesday, 30 November, 2011
Event Venue: 
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
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