The application deadline for entry in 2020 is 31 August 2019. Late applications will be accepted until 31 October 2019, but only if places are still available on the course. Please sign up for our newsletter to be notified of when 2021 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.
An EGS Department Application Form (this will download as a word document). Although the ACDI convenes and teaches the Masters course, the Masters is administered through the EGS department.
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.
A writing sample, preferably your Honours project/paper or a paper of equivalent academic depth. Please send as a PDF.
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 Tanya Basadien in EGS.
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.