Environment, Society and Sustainability

University of Cape Town

M.Phil. On Campus
18 months
3764 USD/year
1608 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


This MPhil Environment, Society and Sustainability programme at the University of Cape Town is designed for students with diverse backgrounds who have an interest in environment, society and sustainability.


Why to study

Problems pertaining to the environment, society and sustainability are interdisciplinary in nature and students with backgrounds in geography, natural and social science, planning, engineering, education, economics and law are encouraged to apply.

The MPhil Environment, Society and Sustainability degree at the University of Cape Town is an eighteen month programme that accepts students from a wide range of disciplines who have achieved above average results in a 4 year degree. It provides education in theory relating to environment, society and sustainability. When qualified, you will join the environmental and geographical scientists who are shaping the future by addressing global and local environmental and developmental challenges.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Urban Food Security
  • Capital, Politics and Nature
  • Geomorphology of southern Africa
  • Managing Complex Social-Ecological Systems
  • Geography of Development and Environment
  • Climate Change and Predictability
  • Urban Ecology
  • Living with environmental change
  • Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers
  • Understanding and Managing Conflict
  • Climate Change and Variability Modeling
  • Tools and Topics in Earth System Science
  • Alternative Economies
  • Theory and Practice of Environmental Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




240 alternative credits


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

  • Applicants must hold an Honours degree, or equivalent four year degree.
  • Entry to all our postgraduate programmes is competitive. In special circumstances graduates who have shown by examination, or publication, or a record of appropriate training, that they have a reached a level equivalent to an Honours degree may be admitted, at the discretion of the Dean of Science.
  • Such cases usually involve research, professional experience or publication that demonstrate competence in an appropriate field, usually considered to encompass approximately five years of experience in a relevant field subsequent to obtaining a first degree in that field.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3764 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3764 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    1608 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1608 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National : R 27 000
  • International fee: R 63 200


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.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Environment, Society and Sustainability
University of Cape Town


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!