VACANCY - Coordinator: Postgraduate Programme

15 May 2015
mphil class 2014The Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice is an exciting UCT Department, recently established to build strategic public leadership in Africa. The GSDPP runs an MPhil programme, a short course programme, a series of networking activities bringing together policy makers, experts and other leaders in society around key public policy issues. We are looking for a Coordinator to take responsibility for consolidating and expanding our Postgraduate programme. The Coordinator will be part of the GSDPP management team, working closely with the Academic Director and other staff in the development of the School. More information on the GSDPP can be found on the website

The advertisement and job description have been placed on the UCT website and may be viewed at

M.Phil applications now open for 2016 intake

13 May 2015
MPhil poster at Africa Month ExhibitionThe School's Master of Philosophy in Development Policy and Practice develops your potential in strategic public leadership and offers a structured and sustained learning opportunity, at the cutting edge of global knowledge and experience. Participants undertake applied research in public policy design and implementation. The course is offered on a part-time basis with 4 two-week intensive blocks in Cape Town over two years. The goal of the M.Phil is to equip participants with a new set of skills to enhance their capabilities as strategic leaders in the public sector, civil society or international organisations.

Download the course overview with info pack
Download the MPhil advert
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Matt Andrews on policy reform and implementation

28 August 2014
matt a 2Watch an excerpt from the lecture ‘Context and the difficulty of reform and policy implementation’ by Prof Matt Andrews of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

His lecture formed part of the teaching block to the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice’s 2014 M.Phil class.

This is the type of world class teaching you can expect from our M.Phil course with real life examples and cutting edge academic thinking around the problems of modern governance.

M.Phil? Hear what the students have to say

15 August 2014
MPhil poster at Africa Month ExhibitionAre you thinking about applying for our M.Phil in Development Policy and Practice? Let our students answer the questions that are probably uppermost in your mind.

Student introductions

Why did you choose this programme?

How do you feel the programme has helped you in the workplace so far?

How do you find the work/study balance?

What is your favourite part of the course?

M.Phil in Development Policy and Practice: applications for 2015

27 May 2014
MPhil wave 2014The School’s mission is to promote and inspire strategic public leadership in Africa and to promote peer networks and linkages between leaders in government and in other fields such as academia, business, civil society and the arts.


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