2022 Applications for the Mandela School Master Degree Programme are Open

Be apart of the legacy and study at Mandela school in 2022. The Master of Development Policy and Practice (MDPP) is the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance’s flagship programme.



Mandela School Master Degree Programme

What you will learn from this programme?

MDPP students will learn to:

  • Take a holistic view of development challenges, especially in the African context, based on specialist knowledge.
  • Enquire and make sound judgements in specialised contexts by using relevant methods, techniques, processes, and technologies.
  • Learn to draw on cutting edge comparative global and African continental knowledge and experience.
  • Recognise the difficult ‘balancing acts’ associated with development policy formulation and implementation (e.g. difficult technical and ethical choices and taking into consideration the needs and demands of competing stakeholders in particular contexts).
  • Design, implement and manage policy processes with a strong focus on communication and engagement with a range of audiences.
  • Develop their competencies as motivated, self-regulated, lifelong learners in today’s technological age, who can devise their own learning strategies for sustained, independent learning, in both formal and informal learning contexts, for academic or professional development. 

Admission Requirements

Candidates must hold an Honours degree or NQF level 8 equivalent.  Candidates must have at least five years’ professional experience, preferably in the public sector.

Admission is highly selective, based principally on track record, achievements in the public service (or civil society), and demonstrated potential, with an acceptable baseline of academic performance. Classes are capped at 25 students annually.

Preference will be given to senior public officials. Senior civil society leaders, managers in international organisations, and others interested in the practicalities of public policy are also encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Apply online via the UCT application portal.

Please keep the following documents nearby as you will be asked to upload these during the application process:

  • current CV with referee details
  • certified academic transcripts
  • a letter motivating your participation in the class (please indicate in your letter of motivation where you heard about our Master’s)

You will also need to courier the original certified academic transcripts to:

The Admissions Office
University of Cape Town
 c/o Bremner Building Lower Campus
South Africa

Should you experience any difficulties with your application please contact the Admissions Office:

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 021 650 2128

Physical address
The Admissions Office, University of Cape Town, Level 4, Masingene Building
 Middle Campus
 Cape Town
 South Africa 

For more information and to apply, simple click here.


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