Master of Philosophy for 2015

At a glance

Career opportunities

Graduates may work in the public, private, or non-profit sectors, and take on roles like policy making and implementation, management, education and teaching, public health management or research.

Why study Master of Philosophy?

If you'd like to polish your specialist skills in integrated water management, media and communications, criminal justice and criminology, international studies, philosophy or sociology, our purpose built Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is just what you're looking for.

Offered only at Monash South Africa, the MPhil has been developed to correspond with the strengths of our four schools and our internationally acclaimed water research node. As part of this course you'll be teamed with a leading researcher who'll act as your supervisor and sounding board while you undertake your major thesis.

If you choose to focus on integrated water management, you'll complete four intensive coursework subjects (project management, science of water, water, sustainability and development and water governance and policy). These will give you a strong foundation of high-level skills, and act as a springboard for your research thesis. This unique mix of research and coursework will involve laboratory and fieldwork to get you out of the classroom and working in groups.

You'll collaborate with specialists from the International Water Centre, Monash Australia and the Monash Africa Centre, as well as hear from guest speakers and practitioners from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the University of the Western Cape and Rhodes University.

All other streams of specialisation are 100 per cent research - meaning no requisite coursework units and total flexibility - tailor your research and study to suit you.

Successful completion of the program will signify that you have successfully completed a course of research training, that you satisfy examiners by demonstrating your ability to carry out a research project, as well as critically analyse the results of your investigation.

Your MPhil thesis (of no more than 50,000 words) is expected to make a contribution to an existing body of knowledge by applying, clarifying, critiquing or interpreting that knowledge.

As part of your degree you may choose to engage in opportunities for polishing and practicing your skills. You could study a semester at Monash Clayton in Australia - gaining a truly international perspective - with a sister degree like the Masters in Integrated Water Management. This parallel and jointly-badged degree is offered by Monash in collaboration with The University of Queensland, Griffith University and The University of Western Australia.

Closer to home, you might spend some time with our partner organisations, like the South African National Biodiversity Institute or the Inkomati Catchment Management Agency (ICMA). A community approach is important to us, so we're always working closely with government organisations, NGOs and other agencies to ensure our work and research aligns and integrates with the agendas of the wider community.

Entry requirements

View entry requirements and applications for domestic students

Duration

2 years full-time
4 years part-time

Fees for 2015

Full time: R 33,200.00 per Annum
Part time: R 16,600.00 per Annum

Fees are subject to change annually.

Intakes

Throughout the year

Attendances

  • On-campus at South Africa : full-time
  • On-campus at South Africa : part-time

Course code: 4071

Find out more

Inquire now   Apply now   Entry requirements  

General Student Inquiries
Email: hester.stols@monash.edu

Entry requirements

View entry requirements and applications for international students

Duration

2 years full-time
4 years part-time

Fees for 2015

Full time: R 33,200.00 per Annum
Part time: R 16,600.00 per Annum

Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee per 48 credit points
48 credit points represents a standard full-time course load for a year

Intakes

Throughout the year

Attendances

  • On-campus at South Africa : full-time
  • On-campus at South Africa : part-time

Course code: 4071

Find out more

Inquire now   Apply now   Entry requirements  

General Student Inquiries
Email: hester.stols@monash.edu

Admissions information for domestic students

Entry requirements

Minimum entrance requirements

Entrance details are indicative only and subject to change annually.

COURSE LEVEL ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

The minimum qualifications for admission to the Master of Philosophy are:

  • a bachelor's degree with a minimum upper H2B (a mark of 65 or above) in an honours year in a relevant field; or
  • qualifications which in the opinion of the Graduate Research Committee are equivalent or a satisfactory substitute.

Please note English proficiency requirements must be met.

Applications

For information on the Master of Philosophy in Integrated Water Management please contact Linda Downsborough by calling +27 11 950 4130 or emailing linda.downsborough@monash.edu.

For all other Master of Philosophy inquiries contact Hester Stols by emailing hester.stols@monash.edu

Admissions information for international students

Entry requirements

International entry requirements

Entrance details are indicative only and subject to change annually.

COURSE LEVEL ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

The minimum qualifications for admission to the Master of Philosophy are:

  • a bachelor's degree with a minimum upper H2B (a mark of 65 or above) in an honours year in a relevant field; or
  • qualifications which in the opinion of the Graduate Research Committee are equivalent or a satisfactory substitute.

Please note English proficiency requirements must be met.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Applications

For information on the Master of Philosophy in Integrated Water Management please contact Linda Downsborough by calling +27 11 950 4130 or emailing linda.downsborough@monash.edu.

For all other Master of Philosophy inquiries please contact Hester Stols by emailing hester.stols@monash.edu.

COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA STUDIES

The last decade has been one of unprecedented change in communications and media content, forms, technology and policy with wide-ranging implications for business, politics, public administration and everyday life. The graduate program in communications and media studies examines these developments from a historical, political and theoretical perspective and seeks to further students' understanding of communications and media systems both locally and globally.

CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

When you consider it away from the glamour of books, movies, television programmes and sensational media coverage, crime is revealed to be both a fascinating and incredibly complex subject.

If you have an interest in deviance, conflict, crime, victimisation, society and the need for creating and maintaining safety then a major research piece in criminology and criminal justice is for you.

You may choose to focus your research on the forms of crime that can have a significant negative impact on society, the economy and the environment, or you might propose new ways to deal with crime, conflict and victimisation.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

As the world globalises and nations and economies become more integrated, understanding our world and the ideas and beliefs of our neighbours is vital. International studies criss-crosses history, politics, international relations, sociology and economics. It starts by looking at the history of the 20th century and then moves to the issues facing our world as we move into the 21st century. Students can also pursue studies in one of two streams: Asian studies; European studies.

PHILOSOPHY

What sorts of things exist in the world and how are they related? How are the mind and matter related? Philosophy raises questions such as these about the basic assumptions of every form of human inquiry - and attempts to find the answers. Students explore the notions of logic, critical reasoning, and both personal and professional ethics.

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology draws on a range of phenomena including remembering and forgetting, thinking, learning, problem solving, how we communicate, our emotions, and our social interactions. It allows us to examine how we respond to the world around us, providing valuable insights in how we can interact with the world more effectively and safely.

SOCIOLOGY

Sociology explores people and the relationships that they have in different contexts such as families, schools and workplaces. Sociologists look to things like social class, gender, ethnicity, power and culture to understand and explain the differences in how people live, think and feel. Students can also pursue studies in a Gender Studies stream.