M.Sc. On Campus

Interdisciplinary Global Change Studies

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

12 months
1737 USD/year
1737 USD/year
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The Masters of Science by coursework and research report in Interdisciplinary Global Change Studies (MSc) from University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg aims to enhance capacity for multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary research in the area of global and climate change.


Key facts

The Interdisciplinary Global Change Studies programme from University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg  encourages shared understanding of different disciplinary conceptual frames, key problematics and methodologies, development of integrative research tools and the human capacities they require and enhanced networks for collaborative learning and problem-solving.


The degree consists of coursework and research components, comprising one compulsory core module and several elective modules, as well as a (preferably) cross-disciplinary research project in the area of global change. The core module aims to facilitate a multi- and transdisciplinary understanding of global change and will be presented in blockrelease format with four 3-4 day face-to-face sessions over a full academic year. Formal and informal interaction between students, in the form of discussion groups, coaching, online tutorials, reflection and journaling, will continue between each session.

This module will employ an approach to teaching and learning intended to foster transformation among students and develop dynamic leadership skills. This will be achieved in part through an emphasis on facilitation rather than a didactic approach.

Critical thinking and leadership are important skills for resilient thinkers and global change actors, and these skills will be reinforced throughout the foundation module by means of discussion, response to texts, group work, and case studies.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Business and the Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Design for Environment
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Environmental Planning and Management
  • Ethics in Biology
  • Sustainability/Sustainable Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


190 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science with Honours from Wits or another university
  • A graduate of this or another university who holds a degree in another faculty whose curriculum has ordinarily extended over not less than four academic years of full-time study.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1737 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1737 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    1737 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1737 USD per year during 12 months.

R 25 040

Living costs for Johannesburg

8434 - 12036 ZAR /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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