Master of Philosophy for 2014

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 2014

Fees are subject to change annually.

R 30,900 per annum

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 2014

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

R 30,900 per annum

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

Semester one (March)

Applicants for the South Africa campus should apply directly to the campus. More information can be found by visiting the campus websitecampus website (http://www.monash.ac.za).

Semester two (July)

Applicants for the South Africa campus should apply directly to the campus. More information can be found by visiting the campus websitecampus website (http://www.monash.ac.za).

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.

COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES

Communications and media studies are concerned with the organisation, processes and effects of traditional and new communications technologies. Your research topic (developed in discussion with your supervisor) may direct you to critically analyse the media, the structure of communications industries, or the relations between the media, culture and power.

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.

GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Geography and environmental science is concerned with natural environments, societies and communities, as well as human environment relations and environmental management.

INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT

Fresh water is arguably the most fundamental of all natural resources. Not only is water in short supply in Southern Africa, so too are appropriately skilled water management practitioners. An MPhil in Integrated Water Management will equip you to play key roles in the critical interface between science, management and policy - in other words, a whole-of-water cycle - so you can help meet the need for technical and leadership skills in the water sector.

This internationally recognised degree is aimed at those already working within the water field, those with a strong interest in integrated water management, and those with research and leadership aspirations. We look at local South African case studies and examples, while also taking advantage of expertise and case studies from other developed and developing contexts, to provide you with a distinct international exposure.

Working alongside the Water Research Node, you'll have a dedicated work space, with access to seminar rooms, computers and relevant reading material. You'll also have access to the Library and Learnings Commons for postgraduates, which includes lockers, specialised software, photocopying/print zones and refreshment facilities.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

International studies criss-crosses history, politics, international relations, sociology and economics.

As the world globalises and nations and economies become more integrated, understanding our world and the ideas and beliefs of our neighbours and trading partners is vital. It allows us to compete in the international marketplace of products, ideas and knowledge.

Undertaking a major thesis work in international studies might allow you to propose solutions to issues facing the world as it moves into the 21st century, and the issues and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, our world.

PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy raises questions about the basic assumptions of every form of human inquiry - and attempts to find answers. A Masters of Philosophy at Monash South Africa focuses on two key areas - ethics and political philosophy - and aims to develop open-mindedness and highly developed skills of critical appraisal.

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 is the study of the processes of social organisation and change and their consequences in human life. 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.

Sociology also involves the study of social policy in an attempt to apply what is learned through research to the major issues confronting societies.

Through your research you may choose to examine how differences in the ways societies are organised both limit and make possible other features of social life. Your focus on the structures, cultures and change in industrial and post-industrial societies in a local, national and global context, might seek to describe and explain patterns of social change, or predict them.