MASTERS

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APPLICATIONS

Electronically: See how to apply for admission online.

Closing date: Faculty of Science – end of October (current, SA citizens & international applicants) for January of the following Semester

Closing date: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – end of August (international applicants) & end October (current & SA citizens) for January of the following Semester

Geography can be taken as a subject within several different degree programmes, within the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science

Find pdf of the Masters Geography and Environmental Studies programme HERE.

Find pdf of the Master GIS-Geoinformatics programme HERE.

FACULTY OF ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES

Specific Admission Requirements

A BA Hons degree with Geography and Environmental Studies or equivalent qualification.  An average final mark of 60%.

Programme Structure

The programme focuses on the study and resolution of human-environmental problems, environmental disasters and urban or tourism phenomena from a spatial perspective.

Programme Content

Compulsory Module

11660 : Thesis (Geography and Environmental Studies A) 872(180)

Assessment and Examination

The thesis of 30 000 to 40 000 words, which demonstrates the ability to conduct independent research on a geographical problem, is assessed according to the regulations of Stellenbosch University in Part 1 of the Calendar.

Enquiries

Programme co-ordinator: Dr M Spocter

Tel: 021 808 3095 E-mail: mspocter@sun.ac.za

Programme Description

Programme codes

11466 – 879(180)

11466 – 889(180)

.11466 – 887(260) (Two-year programme)

The programmes are presented by the Centre for Regional and Urban Innovation and Statistical Exploration (CRUISE) of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Specific Admission Requirements

  • 879:•A professional Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning or Development Planning.•A pass mark of 60%.
  • 889:•A professional Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, or Engineering, or Development Planning, or an Honours degree in Geography, Economics, Public Administration, Sociology, Demography, Statistics or Mathematics.•A pass mark of 60%.
  • 887: •A professional Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, or Engineering, or Development Planning, or an Honours degree in Geography, Economics, Public Administration, Sociology, or Demography. •You may be granted admission to the programme through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).•A pass mark of 60%.

Closing Date for Applications•South African students:

  • Apply by 31Octoberof the preceding year.
  • International students: Apply by 31August of the preceding year.

Programme Structure

  • 879:

Please note: This option does not provide access to registration with SACPLAN. The programme comprises a 180-credit research thesis plus possible further prerequisites. The thesis deals with the study and solving of a relevant planning and/or development problem

  • 889:

Please note: This option does not provide access to registration with SACPLAN.The programme comprises a course work component of 90 credits and a research thesis of 90 credits. The thesis deals with the study and solving of a relevant planning and development problem

  • 887:

Please note: The offering of this option is subject to approval by SAQA. After approval by SAQA this option could possibly lead to registration with SACPLAN, subject to approval by SACPLAN. The programme comprises a course work component of 130 credits and 130 credit research thesis in the second year of study which deals with the study and solving of a relevant planning and development problem.

Programme Content

879:

Compulsory Module 13151 : Thesis (Urban and Regional Planning) 871 (180)

Assessment and Examination

The thesis of 30 000 to 40 000 words, which demonstrates the ability to conduct independent scientific research on a geographical problem, is assessed according to the regulations of Stellenbosch University in Part 1 of the Calendar.

Programme Content

889:

Compulsory Modules

  • 13299 : Social Systems 812(10)
  • 13300 : Spatial Economic Systems812(10)
  • 13302 : Urban Systems812(10)
  • 14035 : Urban Form and Structure812(10)
  • 13306 : GIS Analysis812(10) 13310 : Planning Practice 812(10)
  • 13151 : Thesis (Urban and Regional Planning)874(90)
  • 11434 : Planning Legislation811(10)
  • 11435 : Planning Theory811(10)11433 : Planning Design811(10)

Assessment and Examination

The modules will be assessed by means of tests, examinations, and group and individual assignments – formally, informally, in writing and orally. The thesis in the taught option (programme code 11466-889) contributes 50% to the final mark. The thesis consists of a research project and at least one publishable article, and is assessed according to the University’s regulations for Master’s theses.

887:

Compulsory Modules

First year:

  • 13299 : Social Systems 812(10)
  • 13300 : Spatial Economic Systems812(10)
  • 13302 : Urban Systems812(10)
  • 13301: Urban Form andFunction871(20)
  • 13306 : GIS Analysis812(10)
  • 13310 : Planning Practice871(20)
  • 11434 : Planning Legislation871(15)
  • 11435 : Planning Theory871(15)
  • 11433 : Planning Design 871(20)

Second year:

13151 : Thesis (Urban and Regional Planning)876(130)

Assessment and Examination

The modules will be assessed by means of tests, examinations, and group and individual assignments – formally, informally, in writing and orally. The thesis in the taught option (programme code 11466-887) contributes 50% to the final mark. The thesis consists of a research project and at least one publishable article, and is assessed according to the University’s regulations for Master’s theses.

Enquiries

Programme Co-ordinator: Dr DJ du Plessis
Tel: 021 808 3107
E-mail: ddp@sun.ac.za
Website: http://www.sun.ac.za/cruise

Programme codes

12569 – 879(180)
12569 – 889(180)

The programmes are presented by the Centre for Regional and Urban Innovation and Statistical
Exploration (CRUISE) of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Specific Admission Requirements

879:
• A professional Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields: Urban and Regional
Planning, Development Planning, Engineering, Architecture

or

• an Honours degree in one of the following fields: Geography, Sociology, Economics,
Public Administration, Statistics, Mathematics or Demography

889:
• A professional Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields: Urban and Regional
Planning, Development Planning, Engineering, Architecture

or

• an Honours degree in one of the following fields: Geography, Economics, Public
Administration, Sociology, Demography, Statistics or Mathematics

Closing Date for Applications

• South African students:
Apply by 31 October of the preceding year.
• International students:
Apply by 31 August of the preceding year.

Programme Structure

879:

The programme comprises a research thesis of 180 credits plus other possible prescribed corequirements
and deals with the study and resolution of a relevant urban and regional science
problem.

889:

The programme comprises a course work component of 80 credits and a research thesis of 100
credits. The thesis deals with the study and resolution of a relevant urban and regional science
problem.

Programme Content

879:

Compulsory Module

12568 : Thesis (Urban and Regional Science) 872(180)

Assessment and Examination

879:

The thesis of 30 000 to 40 000 words, which demonstrates the ability to conduct independent
scientific research on an urban and regional scientific problem, is assessed according to the
regulations of Stellenbosch University in Part 1 of the Calendar.

889:

Compulsory Modules

12568 : Thesis (Urban and Regional Science) 871(100)
13299 : Social Systems 812(10)
13300 : Spatial Economic Systems 812(10)
13304 : Migration Systems 812(10)
13309 : Urban Management 812(10)
13305 : Statistical Analysis 812(10)
13302 : Urban Systems 812(10)
13301 : Urban Form and Function 812(10)
13306 : GIS Analysis 812(10)

Assessment and Examination

The modules are assessed by means of tests, examinations, and group and individual assignments
– formally, informally, in writing and orally. The thesis in the taught option (programme code
12569 – 889) contributes 55% to the final mark. The thesis consists of a research project and at
least one publishable article, and is assessed according to the regulations of Stellenbosch
University for Master’s theses.

Enquiries

Programme Co-ordinator: Dr DJ du Plessis
Tel: 021 808 3126 E-mail: ddp@sun.ac.za
Website: http://www.sun.ac.za/cruise

Admission requirements

A BA Honours degree with Geography and Environmental Studies as a major and appropriate training in geographical information systems (GIS), or a BA Honours degree in a related discipline as major approved by Senate as appropriate, and with appropriate training in GIS. An average final mark of 60% for the honours degree.

Programme structure and content

The programme is researchbased and contains no coursework. The student completes a 30 000 to 40 000 word thesis on the implementation, management and application of GIS for managing resources and for spatial analysis and modelling of human geographical phenomena, disasters and problems. The research topic is developed and approved by the Department. The programme can be completed parttime and via distance learning (depending on the topic and access to appropriate infrastructure).

Assessment and examination

The thesis is externally and internally examined according to the regulations of Stellenbosch University as outlined in the General Calendar (Part 1). The mark awarded for the thesis counts towards 90% of the final mark awarded for the degree. The student is also required to orally present the research aims and findings. The oral is examined by three independent examiners and counts towards 10% of the final mark awarded for the degree.

Further study possibilities

The successful completion of the MA in Geography & Environmental Studies leads to a PhD in Geography & Environmental Studies

Enquiries

Programme coordinator: Prof A van Niekerk

021 808 3101 | avn@sun.ac.za

FACULTY OF SCIENCES

Admission requirements

A BSc Honours degree with Geography and Environmental Studies as a major. An average final mark of 60% for the major.

Programme structure and content

The programme is researchbased and contains no coursework. The student completes a 30 000 to 40 000 word thesis on the resolution of humanenvironmental problems and environmental phenomena from a spatial perspective. The research topic is developed and approved by the Department. The programme can be completed parttime and via distance learning (depending on the topic and access to appropriate infrastructure).

Assessment and examination

The thesis is externally and internally examined according to the regulations of Stellenbosch University as outlined in the General Calendar (Part 1). The mark awarded for the thesis counts towards 90% of the final mark awarded for the degree. The student is also required to orally present the research aims and findings. The oral is examined by three independent examiners and counts towards 10% of the final mark awarded for the degree.

Further study possibilities

The successful completion of the MSc in Geography & Environmental Studies leads to a PhD in Geography & Environmental Studies B

Enquiries

Programme coordinator: Prof A van Niekerk

021 808 3101 | avn@sun.ac.za

Admission requirements

A BSc Honours degree in Geoinformatics, or an approved equivalent qualification. An average final mark of 60% for the honours degree.

Programme structure and content

The programme is researchbased and contains no coursework. The student completes a 30 000 to 40 000 word thesis on the development, implementation, management and application of spatial technologies for managing resources, and for spatial analysis and modelling of environmental geographical phenomena and problems. The research topic is developed and approved by the Department. The programme can be completed parttime and via distance learning (depending on the topic and access to appropriate infrastructure).

Assessment and examination

The thesis is externally and internally examined according to the regulations of Stellenbosch University as outlined in the General Calendar (Part 1). The mark awarded for the thesis counts towards 90% of the final mark awarded for the degree. The student is also required to orally present the research aims and findings. The oral is examined by three independent examiners and counts towards 10% of the final mark awarded for the degree.

Further study possibilities

The successful completion of the MSc in Geoinformatics leads to a PhD in Geoinformatics

Enquiries

Programme coordinator: Prof A van Niekerk

021 808 3101 | avn@sun.ac.za

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