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Masters Degrees

Many of ACDI's institutional members offer Masters degrees in different domains of climate and development. These can be taught coursework-based programmes (usually with a  mini-dissertation) or Dissertation-only programmes. Below is the wide array of climate change based Masters courses offered at UCT


Taught/Coursework Masters 

The ACDI Masters specialising in Climate Change and Development is a full-time, 180 NQF credit coursework masters that is 50% course-based and 50% dissertation-based.  It runs from February to February each year.  In addition to this course there are other courses offered by affiliated departments and research centres at the University of Cape Town.

MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering
MPhil in Energy & Development Studies.

The Energy Research Centre is the result of the logical merger of activities of the Energy Research Institute and the Energy Development Research Centre at the University of Cape Town. Both of these Masters degrees can be pursued as dissertation only, or through a combination of coursework & dissertation. 


M.Phil in the Environmental Humanities

The Environmental Humanities South is An interdisciplinary research cluster and postgraduate programme in the Faculty of Humanities. This M.Phil comprises two core courses, which are compulsory, plus two additional electives from the approved list.



- LLM in Environmental Law or Marine & Environmental Law
- M. Phil in Environmental Law or Marine & Environmental Law
- PG Diploma in Environmental Law or Marine & Environmental Law

Institute of Marine and Environmental Law currently offers a broad array of postgraduate qualifications specialising in Environmental Law or Marine & Environmental Law. These postgraduate qualifications. include: LLM Degree; MPhil Degree; LLM Professional Degree; and Postgraduate Diploma.


Applied Ocean Sciences MSc (AOS)

The Marine Research Institute convenes a Masters degree in Applied Ocean Sciences.The course is intended for professionals interested in working in the field of applied marine science. The course is designed for both recent graduates as well as those with several years’ experience and who wish to gain skills to operate in the ocean services sector, with a focus on operational and conservational activities, food, water quality, recreation preservation and other aspects of the Blue Economy.


Masters in Environment, Society and Sustainability

The department of Environmental & Geographical Science currently offers an MPhil in Environment, Society and Sustainability, is an 18-month programme aimed at students with no prior experience in Environmental and Geographical Science. It aims to provide training in Environmental Management theory and practice. Students with an Honours degree in any discipline other than Environmental and Geographical Science may apply for entry into this programme.


MPhil in Southern Urbanism

African Centre for Cities launches a new Masters in Southern Urbanism aimed at fostering the next generation of urban scholars from Africa rooted in Southern city perspectives. The MPhil curriculum combines course work (50%) and a minor dissertation (50%), a full-time load completed over a period of 18 months. The language of instruction is English. In year one students complete the Masters coursework, which includes a compulsory City Research Studio, a choice of two of three interdisciplinary urban modules, and an urban-focused elective.


MPhil in Inclusive Innovation

The Master of Philosophy specialising in Inclusive Innovation (MPhil) is an interdisciplinary, research-based degree that leads to the development of novel and sustainable solutions for social challenges. Join like-minded visionaries on a rich learning journey, and spend a year working both individually and with others where expertise, life experience, passion and innovation converge to support new possibilities and ideas.


MPhil in Development Policy and Practice

Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice MPhil programme develops your potential in strategic public leadership and offers a structured and sustained learning opportunity, at the cutting edge of global knowledge and experience. Participants undertake applied research in public policy design and implementation. The course is offered on a part-time basis with 4 two-week intensive blocks in Cape Town over two years. The goal of the MPhil is to equip participants with a new set of skills to enhance their capabilities as strategic leaders in the public sector, civil society or international organisations.


Dissertation Masters 

Please note that most UCT departments offer Masters by Dissertation and occasionally these may be part of a larger research programme. Please contact the department you are interested and look out for opportunities as they arise

Masters in Environmental & Geographical Science

Students may enrol for this degree through the Faculties of Science or Humanities. They will be expected to conduct research under the supervision of a member of staff within the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science.
Students will only be admitted to study if an academic staff member can support their proposed research. Therefore, please use the departmental website to access information about the various research interests and staff in the department.