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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 MPhil programme HERE.

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 professional Bachelors degree in urban planning, architecture or engineering or an honours degree in geography, economics, public administration, statistics, mathematics or a related degree is required. A pass mark of 60% in the major is required.

Programme structure:

The programme provides an analytical and objective overview of the fundamental theories and concepts in urban geography, urban and regional planning and urbanism. It focuses on the spatial and structural relationships of economic and social activities within and between cities at regional, national and international levels of spatial aggregation. The programme is designed to enable the the student to empirically analyse the systemic elements of urban systems, particularly the quantifying and representation of spatial phenomena. As an MPhil level course the programme is structured to provide the candidate with the opportunity to critically analyse the various discourses objectively and to provide an original contribution to research in the field.

The course aims to provide advanced knowledge of the social and economic networks between population groups within private and public urban space as they manifest at different levels of urban spatial aggregation. The course also analyses various spatial, social and economic urban and regional challenges, their impact on the dynamism of urban systems, their influence on living conditions, and ways in which resulting challenges are addressed in different parts of the world. These different networks are analysed in terms of internationally acceptable norms of social, economic and environmental sustainability. Finally the course provides an introduction to urban and regional management instruments and their application in South Africa and elsewhere in the world.

Practically this course aims to provide the candidate with the skills to identify and apply appropriate research methodologies when analysing different elements of human activities within the urban and regional environment and the ability to correctly interpret the data requirements for such analyses. Candidates will be expected to master a variety of spatial analysis techniques available for socio-economic research with emphasis on GIS as an analysis tool in decision-making. The course is also developed to capacitate the candidate to perform and critically evaluate original research in urban and regional systems.

Compulsory modules:

  • Thesis 889 (NB The programme will not be presented in 2013):
  • 12568 : Thesis (Urban and Regional Science) 872(105)
  • 12560 : Human Network Analysis 811(15)
  • 12561 : Economic Network Analysis 811(15)
    12562 : Urban Infrastructure Network Analysis 841(15)
  • 12563 : Urban Management Processes 841(15)
  • 12565 : Statistical Urban Analysis 841(15)

Students with Geography & Environmental Studies or Urban and Regional Planning must attend the following modules, but need not register for them:

  • 12566 : Urban Systems Analysis 811
  • 12559 : Urban Form and Structure Analysis 811
  • 12585 : GIS û Urban Systems Applications 841

OR

Assignment 899:

  • 12567 : Assignment (Urban and Regional Science) 871(60)
  • 12566 : Urban Systems Analysis 811(15)
  • 12559 : Urban Form and Structure Analysis 811(15)
  • 12560 : Human Network Analysis 811(15)
  • 12561 : Economic Network Analysis 811(15)
  • 12562 : Urban Infrastructure Network Analysis 841(15)
  • 12563 : Urban Management Processes 841(15)
  • 12565 : Statistical Urban Analysis 841(15)
  • 12585 : GIS û Urban Systems Applications 841(15)

Assessment and examination

Progress will be assessed by means of individual tests, assignments, presentations and exams. The candidate will be evaluated on her/his ability to understand the theory, orally present concepts and provide a critical analysis of the content. The outcome of the formal examination comprises one third of the final mark. The thesis is examined according to the University’s prescriptions.

Enquiries:

Programme co-ordinator: Mrs Z Munch
021 808 9101 | zmunch@sun.ac.za

Admission requirements:

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

Programme structure:

Study of the systematic disciplines of urban and tourism geography, social environmental impact analysis and their application in a human geographical research field.

Compulsory modules:

  • 10130 Human Geographical Research Application 743(30)

Elective modules (choose one):

  • 10131 Urban Analysis and Synthesis 714(30)
  • 11887 Tourism Analysis and Synthesis 715(30)
  • 63371 Environmental Analysis and Synthesis 711(30)
  • 12825 Disaster Risk Studies 717(30)
  • 49611 Geographical Information Systems 713(30)

The following prerequisite modules or any acceptable equivalent as required by the Department, are compulsory:

  • 10131 Urban Analysis & Synthesis 714: P Geog. and Environ. Studies 354 or 323
  • 11887 Tourism Analysis & Synthesis 715: P Geog. and Environ. Studies 314
  • 63371 Environmental Analysis & Synthesis 711: P Geog. and Environ. Studies 344 or 358
  • 12825 Disaster Risk Studies 717: P Geog. and Environ. Studies 344 or 358
  • 49611 Geographical Information Systems 713: P Geog. and Environ. Studies 214

Assessment and examination:

  • Assessment is done by a system of continuous assessment, tests, assignments, a research project, oral presentations and examinations.
  • A subminimum of 50% is required in each module.

Enquiries:

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

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: Prof SLA Ferreira
021 808 3105 | slaf@sun.ac.za

FACULTY OF SCIENCES

Admission requirements:

A BSc degree in GeoInformatics or a related discipline as a major. An average of 60% is required for the Geography major.

Outcomes:

  • Capacity to recognise and assess scientific geographic paradigms and to identify a research specialisation
  • Ability to conduct research by exposure to a series of research skills and the formal departmental prescriptions for research reporting.
  • Knowledge of vector, raster and object-oriented spatial data models and the ability to capture, manipulate, analyse and graphically display digital spatial data
  • Skill in the use of geographical technology such as GIS, GPS, database approaches in the context of GIS and the preparation of GIS project.
  • Ability to apply remote sensing techniques using knowledge of advanced remote sensing principles and satellite platforms, as well as the application of the latest software for image enhancement, pixel classification and pattern recognition.
  • Critical understanding of the principles, prescriptions and strategies for environmental management in South Africa and the application of a series of geographical analysis techniques such as GIS and satellite remote sensing to identify, demarcate and help resolve environmental problems.

Nature of programme:

Application of GIS as an integrating tool for the analysis, understanding, management and resolution of spatial problems concerning human-environment interaction, environmental problems in special environments and the execution of spatial analyses and modeling.

The course is a one year full-time course starting in January.

Programme composition:

First Year (144 Credits)

Compulsory modules:

  • – 49611 – 713(30) Geographical Information Systems
  • 12187 – 716(30) Spatial Modeling and Geographical Communication
  • 63363 – 742(30) Environmental Geography Research Application

second Year (136 Credits)

Elective modules (choose one module):

  • 63371 – 711(30) Environmental Analysis and Synthesis
  • 63398 – 712(30) Advanced Remote Sensing
  • 12825 – 717(30) Disaster Risk Studies

Assessment and examination:

Assessment is done by a system of continuous assessment, tests, assignments, a research project and examinations. A sub minimum of 50% is required in each module. The programme is presented in English. All work may be presented in English or Afrikaans.

Enquiries:

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

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