Postgrad and Masters in Sustainable Development

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Reimagining just and generative futures

As the various global social and environmental crises deepen, a new generation is rising up into leadership positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors that are required to possess a broad trans-disciplinary understanding of the various dimensions of these crises and related solutions.

This integrated Master’s Programme aims to equip people with the knowledge, experience and skills they will need if they are to grow and develop to be ready for a different future.

Delivered by Stellenbosch University’s School of Public Leadership in partnership with the Sustainability Institute, the Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development is a multi-disciplinary global programme in the planning, management and practice of sustainable development. Signing up for a PGDip or MPhil in Sustainable Development means more than an accreditation. You will meet and build a life-long network with a diverse group of like-minded, South African and international graduate students and working professionals, who are seeking to gain practical insights and deepen their understanding of what sustainability and just futures means.

It comprises of two connected formal degrees, where students can choose to exit the programme after one year, and graduate with a PGDip qualification:

  • Postgraduate Diploma (Sustainable Development) – 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time (compulsory)
  • MPhil (Sustainable Development) – 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

This degree programme is aimed at early and mid-career specialists and generalist professionals in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Each year a cohort of 60 students – selected from hundreds of applicants – embark of on a one or two-year journey in sustainability.

The team

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME ADMINISTRATOR - MASTER'S PROGRAMME (STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY)

Beatrix Steenkamp

ADMINISTRATOR - MASTER'S PROGRAMME (STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY)

Monique Beukes

MASTER'S IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME COORDINATOR (STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY)

Prof Mark Swilling

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME ADMINISTRATOR - MASTER'S PROGRAMME (STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY)

Beatrix Steenkamp

Beatrix has been the Administrator of the Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development since end 2010.

Her office is based at the Sustainability Institute, where she keeps a firm hand on the academic and financial processes of the programme whilst at the same time enjoying interacting with the students. She holds a BSc (Dietetics) degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Hospital Dietetics from Stellenbosch University and previous work experience includes various dietetics related positions as well as administrator of the Thuthuka Bursary Programme for previously disadvantaged students in the School of Accountancy at Stellenbosch University. Beatrix loves to hike and her all-time favourite is camping in the Cederberg.

ADMINISTRATOR - MASTER'S PROGRAMME (STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY)

Monique Beukes

Monique assists with the administration of the Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development.

Monique is part of the University since 1993 and first started in Admin C in Financial Services until 2007. From then on she worked at different Departments like Physics, Viticulture & Oenology, Institute Wine biotechnology and School of Public Leadership (Undergraduates in Peroldt Building). Monique has a BSc (with Human Movements) degree at Stellenbosch University. In her spare time, Monique loves socialising, watching movies and supporting her two daughters on the sports fields. In short, she likes to move it.

MASTER'S IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME COORDINATOR (STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY)

Prof Mark Swilling

Mark is a Distinguished Professor and the head of the sustainable development degree programmes at the University of Stellenbosch, hosted in partnership at the Sustainability Institute.

He is a rated researcher with the National Research Foundation (NRF) and is responsible for the design and implementation of a Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development that gets delivered at the Sustainability Institute. He is co-director of the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) formerly known as TsamaHub, and on the Management Board of the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES).

To view Mark’s full biography, please visit http://www.markswilling.co.za/about/.

A video providing an overview of the programme