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The application deadline for entry in 2022 is 31 August 2021. Late applications will be accepted until 31 October 2021, but only if places are still available on the course. Please sign up for our newsletter to be notified of when 2022 applications open and to receive alerts for funding opportunities.

Acceptance to a postgraduate degree in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science (EGS) is highly competitive. To be eligible to apply for the ACDI Masters, a candidate must have the equivalent to a UCT Honours degree. This is a minimum of a four-year degree, with a significant research component in the fourth year. If you are uncertain as to your eligibility, you would be advised to approach the South African Qualifications Association (SAQA) to review your transcripts. A SAQA score of 8 would be considered equivalent to Honours, in which case you would be eligible to apply to our Masters programmes. Please note that eligibility to apply does not however constitute acceptance to the programme.

Application components 

1. UCT component: A UCT application can be done online through the UCT application site. Foreign applicants can find out more about their applications here. Click here for a comprehensive guide on how to apply as a postgraduate student at UCT.

2. Departmental/ACDI component:

  1. An EGS Department Application Form (this will download as a PDF). Although the ACDI convenes and teaches the Masters course, the Masters is administered through the EGS department.

  2. A 1000 word statement of interest in the Masters programme. This should include a motivation for attending the course, and a short statement on the area or area(s) you are considering for your research dissertation.

  3. A writing sample, preferably your Honours project/paper or a paper of equivalent academic depth. Please send as a PDF.

  4. Letters from two academic references that are able to speak to your academic abilities and suitability for chosen programme. Please have your references sent directly to pgapplications.egs@uct.ac.za in EGS.

  5. All university-level transcripts (official or certified copies). High School certificates or certificates noting attendance of non-credit bearing courses or diplomas are not necessary; these achievements can be noted on the CV.

Submitting your application

  • All EGS department applications (items 1-5 above) should be sent to pgapplications.egs@uct.ac.za

  • For queries regarding the Masters programme only, please contact the course convener: marieke.norton@uct.ac.za

  • Regarding fees: please contact the Fees Office (+27 (0) 21 650 1704) or see the Fees Handbook.

  • General information and a variety of funding options for postgraduate students can be found on UCT's website. Neither the EGS Postgraduate Administrator nor Marieke Norton give fees advice.

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