MPhil in Sustainable Development

Updated: Tuesday, 17 December 2013

After completion of the PGD, students wishing to complete the Sustainable Development Planning specialisation (in order to work as planners in SA ), are advised to select the 120 credit thesis plus 4 electives option.  It is recommended that these 4 additional modules are selected from the Sustainable Development Planning Stream of the PGD; or from  the MPhil Environmental Management or HonsPA or MPA programmes delivered by SPL; or from  the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) or the MPhil in Urban and Regional Science offered by the Centre of Regional and Urban Innovation and Statistical Exploration (CRUISE) which is part of the Geography and Environmental Studies Department in  the Faculty of Arts. Besides the PGD modules listed earlier, other specific electives that are recommended are Geographical Information Systems in Environmental Analysis and Management (or a similar GIS module), Project Management  (SPL) and Urban Management Processes (CRUISE). The research component for the MPhil will also need to have a “Sustainable Development Planning” focus.

The School of Public Leadership offers two project management courses: a basic course called Project Management and an advanced course called Advanced Project Management. Both of these courses can be selected as electives and will be accredited under these titles.

Note: the page numbers below are based on a letter size of 12 pt and line spacing of 1½ (with about 375 words per page). Double line spacing (about 250 words per page) will lead to a longer thesis.

Option 1

Research component plus Two Electives Programme: a 150 credit research component (see options below) plus two electives worth 15 credits each selected from the modules on offer in the PGD programme or from any other Programme at the University of Stellenbosch or other learning institution on condition these have been approved by the Programme Coordinator. The Programme will consist of the following:
- Research Methodology Course, plus
- Two Electives: 15 Credits each plus
- Research Component:  150 Credits with the following options:
i. Two academic journal articles in the style of a pre-determined journal and in accordance with the requirements of the University, the School and the supervisor (±8000 words [±24 pages] per journal article).
OR
ii. A project proposal for a given development project that must define the goal, objectives, implementation plan, budget, and monitoring and evaluation mechanism in accordance with the Logical Framework Analysis project management approach (±40 000 words [±120 pages]).
OR
iii. A traditional Thesis in accordance with the normal academic format and requirements of the University, the School and the supervisor (±40 000 words [±120 pages]).

Option 2

Research component plus Four Electives Programme: a 120 credit research component (see options below) plus four electives worth 15 credits each selected from the modules on offer in the PGD programme or from any other Programme at the University of Stellenbosch or other learning institution on condition these have been approved by the Programme Coordinator.  The Programme will consist of the following:
- Research Methodology Course, plus
- Four Electives: 15 Credits each plus
- Research Component:  120 Credits with the following options:
i. Two academic journal articles in the style of a predetermined journal and in accordance with the requirements of the University, the School and the supervisor (±8000 words [±24 pages]).
OR
ii. A Project Proposal for a given development project that must define the goal, objectives, implementation plan, budget, and monitoring and evaluation mechanism in accordance with the Local Framework Analysis project management approach (±20000 words [±60 pages]).
OR
iii. A mini-thesis in accordance with the normal academic format and requirements of the University, the School and the supervisor (±20 000 words [±60 pages])

Scheduling: Candidates must submit a research proposal, written in accordance with the Departmental Guidelines for Research Proposals and acceptable to the Programme Coordinator and the Research Committee, by mid-December; for registration end February.
Supervision: The Research Committee will assign a Supervisor for each candidate in accordance with available expertise and equitable distribution of the supervision load, plus two Examiners.