A new M.Phil in Development Policy and Practice at UCT

14 May 2013

Professor Brian Levy 2013Be part of a select group of fifteen to twenty senior practitioners committed to development and public service. This carefully selected group will commence part-time study in January 2014, as the first entering class for an M.Phil degree
in Development Policy and Practice at the University of Cape Town’s new Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP).

The GSDPP promotes strategic leadership in government in South Africa and Africa more broadly, with a strong emphasis on ethics and accountability in governance. The goal is to make government service at the highest level an aspiration for the most able of the rising generation, and to build a network and esprit de corps amongst government leaders in South Africa and in Africa more broadly. 

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Degree Programmes

22 October 2011

The new MPhil in Development Policy and Practice will be offered for the first time in 2014 on a part-time basis and will commence in January. The first full-time offereing will be in 2015.

The two-year, part-time degree will offer a structured and sustained learning opportunity, at the cutting edge of global knowledge and experience, with abundant opportunities for applied research on effective approaches and practices of public policy design and implementation in developing countries.

The first year core curriculum is designed to address the challenge of designing, winning support for and implementing new programmes in government. It will strengthen students’ capacities to:

  • Analyze how governance, political economy and institutional shortfalls influence outcomes – and explore practical ways of moving forward which take these institutional realities into account;
  • Build organizational capabilities and effectiveness through careful diagnosis and adaptation to prevailing constraints and opportunities;
  • Operate in one or more key policy areas, such as economic development, environmental sustainability or health policy;
  • Become increasingly skillful leaders – with a strong focus on personal development and people-management; offered in partnership with the UCT Graduate School of Business’s internationally renowned programme on building transformational leaders;
  • Undertake applied research that both addresses practical policy and implementation challenges – and meets requisite standards of rigour.