Master On Campus

Security and Africa Studies (Option A)

Stellenbosch University

12 months
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The Faculty of Military Science is based at Saldanha, on the West Coast of South Africa, where it is housed in the South African Military Academy. The institution offers education and training for members of the Department of Defence at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, such as the Security and Africa Studies (Option A) programme at the Stellenbosch University.


Key facts

The Faculty, which offers the Security and Africa Studies (Option A) programme at the Stellenbosch University, works closely with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to meet what the latter spells out as its needs in terms of higher education.

What we offer

The Faculty is made up of five academic schools. In two of these schools, the focus of programmes is technology-related; in two others, the focus is management-oriented. In the fifth school the focus is on security and on Africa-related studies. Our modular programmes are offered by means of three to six blocks of lectures lasting 10 working days each.

The programme allows for two optional modes of study, both under the guidance of a supervisor.

Option A: The completion of a thesis with prescribed reading in preparation of a research proposal, as well as an oral examination and submission of an article for publication in an accredited journal, or the presentation of a paper at a subject conference or a graduate seminar.

A literature study (20 credits) leading to a research proposal, which is presented at a Faculty of Military Science Graduate Research Colloquium.

A thesis (100 credits) in which the candidate must show an ability to undertake independent, scientifically responsible research. The thesis must be drafted in accordance with the guidelines of the University. The candidate must sit for an oral examination.

The candidate must publish, or submit for publication, an article on the study theme in a DOE-accredited journal or present a paper at a subject conference or graduate seminar.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Depending on your academic background, you select a research theme in consultation with your supervisor, who also consults with the subject group.
  • This research theme leads to a research proposal, which must have a definite focus on Security and Africa Studies, and which in turn leads to the writing of a thesis.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

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
  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • A BMilHons degree in Security and Africa Studies with a minimum final mark of 60% in each subject or any other honours degree with Military History, Military Strategy, Political Science or another appropriate subject as major, for which a final mark of 60% was achieved in each subject

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Stellenbosch

7630 - 10640 ZAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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