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MPhil Degree

MPhil Degree


This MPhil course aims to educate and train graduates who have a high-level understanding of, and sensitivity to, the critical factors of sustainable development in the context of mining and minerals processing in Africa; and who can develop knowledge at an advanced level in and around the African mining industry, through research.

Programme Structure
The two-year programme comprises core courses with a total value of 60 credits, and a research dissertation with a value of 120 credits. The four core courses are taken in three residential blocks of approximately 10 days each within the first year of study, and include:

  • Sustainable Development, convened by the Sustainability Institute, University of Stellenbosch
  • Strategic Social Engagement Practice, convened by the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town
  • Environmental Stewardship in Mining and Minerals Beneficiation, convened by the School of Mines, University of Zambia
  • Research Methodology and Communication, convened by the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town

The 120-credit research dissertation is convened by the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town and is jointly supervised by academics from at least two different research disciplines and/or groupings.

Who Should Apply
This course is ideal for graduates from across a spectrum of disciplines (e.g. economists, geologists, engineers, environmental health practitioners, social scientists etc), who have an interest in pursuing or advancing their careers in the field of mining and minerals beneficiation. Applicants should hold a four year bachelor or honours degree from a recognized institution.

For further details and application enquiries, contact the programme administrator, Mrs Eunice Jacobs ( before 31/10/2015 or download the brochure here.