Global climate change presents daunting and exciting challenges, especially for the developing world, where traditional routes to development are at odds with the need for a low carbon economy.
At the same time, building resilience to climate change and variability is fundamental to sustainable development and prosperity.
A transdisciplinary approach that integrates the biophysical, technological, socio-economic sciences and the humanities is required to successfully engage with these challenges.
South Africa is well positioned to engage with these issues given that it's a developing country with good technology and infrastructure, yet it is also an economy in transition and is home to less-developed communities. Thus, it provides a microcosm of the developing world’s social, environmental, and economic development issues.
Who should attend?
We seek applicants who want to gain a broad understanding of the issues involved in climate change and sustainable development from an African and developing world perspective, and who want a comprehensive introduction to climate change issues. Applicants should be Honours or four-year Bachelor graduates from across the spectrum of disciplines, who have completed a research-based project or dissertation in their final year.
The Climate Change and Development course from University of Cape Town will equip its graduates for employment in government, local authorities, businesses with a sustainability agenda, consultancies, NGOs and international development organisations. It will also provide the foundation for those aiming to do a PhD in climate and development. It is aimed at both recent graduates and those with several years’ experience who wish to engage with these pressing issues within the context of their vocations.
- Sustainable Development
- The Climate System, Anthropogenic Forcing and Climate System Response
- African Climate Variability and Change
- International Climate Change Legal Frameworks
- The Economics of Climate Change and Climate Change Financing
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- 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.
Living costs for Cape Town
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
- UCT Postgraduate funding: Apply by 31 July.
- The National Research Foundation: Applications open between 1-31 July.
- Margaret McNamara Education Grants: Deadlines in September.
- World Wildlife Fund (WWF): Soon to be opened soon for candidates from African, Asia, Pacific, Latin America, Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Middle east.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.