Education Policy Studies

Stellenbosch University

12 months
3530 EUR/year
2258 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Research in this Department, which offers the Education Policy Studies at the Stellenbosch University, explores the dynamic field of contestation between the democratic transformation of education and societal changes in relation to education policy implementation. Educational leadership and management constitute the focus of policy implementation.


Our aims

The primary aims of the Education Policy Studies programme at the  Stellenbosch Universityare to:

  • assist you as an educators to develop your critical understanding of education policy in the context of democratic transformation;
  • challenge you to analyse, reflect on and question educational theories, policies and practices;
  • enhance your skills and leadership to enact change; and
  • encourage you to explore creative responses to diversity.
The themes that are explored include:
  • Democratic praxis and educational transformation, including policy developments within the South African political context
  • Values in education, including equality, liberty, diversity, justice, shared compromise, practical reasoning and community
  • Globalisation, internationalisation and free market ideology
  • Centralisation/decentralisation dynamics
  • International comparative studies on learner achievement and school effectiveness
  • The learning institution and the nurturing of quality within instructional change
  • Developing supportive processes, systems (organisation building) and funding.

A secondary aim is to equip you with the necessary research skills to undertake further advanced studies at doctoral level and to do research on Education Policy Studies. These aims include the competence to function as researchers of educational policy in professional contexts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Education Policy Studies
  • Comparative and International Education Studies
  • Education Management Leadership and Policy
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Research for Education Policy Studies
  • Sociological Perspectives in Education
  • Research Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Your contract 
  • Student support form (Students with special needs)  
  • Qualification documents - Please ensure that you upload qualification documents for each tertiary qualification obtained and that the documents is official and certified. This implies that your original qualification documents (academic transcript and accompanying degree certificate) which you recieved upon graduation must be stamped and signed by the awarding institution. Qualifications shorter than 12 months in duration will not be considered
  • Proof of English Language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3530 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3530 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    2258 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2258 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • SADC and Africa: R45,000
  • International: R70,350


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Education Policy Studies
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