MASTERS

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APPLICATIONS

Local students’ application form

Electronically: See how to apply for admission online.

Closing date: end of October 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.

international students’ application form

Electronically: See how to apply for admission online.

Closing date: end of August for January of the following Semester

FACULTY OF ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES

Admission requirements:

A Bachelor degree with Geography and Environmental Studies as a major and appropriate training in GIS. An average mark of 60% for the major.

Programme structure:

Study of the systematic disciplines of urban or tourism geography, in-depth knowledge of, and advanced skills in, the basic principles of geographical information systems and their application in a human geographical research field.

Compulsory module:

  • 11660 Thesis (100%) Geography and Environmental Study A 872(180)

Assessment and examination:

The thesis of 30 000 40 000 words, which demonstrates the ability to conduct research independently on a geographical problem, is examined according to the University prescriptions

Enquiries:

Programme Co-ordinator: Dr M Spocter
021 808 3095 | 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

Specific Admission Requirements

A BA Honours degree with Geography and Environmental Studies as a major and training in Geographical Information Systems(GIS training), 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 major.

Programme Structure

The implementation, management and application of GIS for managing resources and for spatial analysis and modelling of human geographical phenomena, disasters and problems.

  • 12188 Thesis GIS 872(180)

Assessment and examination:

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

Enquiries:

Programme Co-ordinator: Prof A van Niekerk
021 808 3101 | avn@sun.ac.za

Specific Admission Requirements

• BScHons degree with Geography & Environmental Studies or an appropriate discipline as major
• An average final mark of 60% for the major

Programme Content

The Programme focuses on the study and resolution of human-enviromental problems and environmental phenomena from a spatial perspective. You can do the thesis research on a full-time or part-time basis. The research topic is developed and approved by the Department.

Assessment and Examination

You must submit a thesis. Although the programme is presented in English, discussions and reports can be presented in English or Afrikaans. The 100% thesis is examined according to the University’s provisions set out in Part 1 (General) of the University Calendar.

NEW: This course is now available through distance learning (provided that students have excellent Internet access)

Further study possibilities

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

Enquiries:
Programme Co-ordinator: Prof A van Niekerk
021 808 3101 | avn@sun.ac.za

FACULTY OF SCIENCES

Admission requirements:

Specific Admission Requirements

  • BScHons degree with Geography & Environmental Studies or an appropriate discipline as major
  • An average final mark of 60% for the major

Programme Content

The Programme focuses on the study and resolution of human-enviromental problems and environmental phenomena from a spatial perspective. You can do the thesis research on a full-time or part-time basis. The research topic is developed and approved by the Department.

Assessment and Examination

You must submit a thesis. Although the programme is presented in English, discussions and reports can be presented in English or Afrikaans. The 100% thesis is examined according to the University’s provisions set out in Part 1 (General) of the University Calendar.

NEW: This course is now available through distance learning (provided that students have excellent Internet access)

Further study possibilities 

The successful completion of the MSc 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

Admission requirements:

Specific Admission Requirements

  • BScHons degree with Geography & Environmental Studies or an appropriate discipline as major
  • An average final mark of 60% for the major

Programme Content

The development, implementation, management and application of spatial technologies for managing resources, and for spatial analysis and modelling of environmental geographical phenomena and problems are dealt with in this programme.

Assessment and Examination

You must submit a thesis. Although the programme is presented in English, discussions and reports can be presented in English or Afrikaans. The 100% thesis is examined according to the University’s provisions set out in Part 1 (General) of the University Calendar

NEW: This course is now available through distance learning (provided that students have excellent Internet access)

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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