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Master’s in People Management

It appears that organisations often pay limited attention to the complexity involved in managing people. To manage people effectively a deep understanding of the nature of human behaviour in the workplace is required.

The purpose of this Master’s programme is to explore these complexities. The programme is based on a triangulated approach to learning where students apply lecture content to their current workplace. In this way, students will be encouraged to reflect on‚ and assess‚ the effect of their studies in their applied context.

  • About the programme

    In 2013 we launched this exciting new programme specially designed to bring together academic study with the actual work that human resources practitioners perform. Students are required to apply what they learn in the classroom to their places of work. In order to assist with this integration‚ each student is assigned an academic mentor‚ a work mentor and a research supervisor.

  • What are the programme requirements?

    The programme is aimed at people who work in the field of people management. The minimum admission requirement is an Honours degree in Human Resources or Organisational Psychology / Industrial Psychology and a minimum of three years’ work experience in the field of human resources. To qualify for selection into the programme applicants should have an average mark of 65% for their Honours degree. At the discretion of the Head of Section‚ applicants who do not have an Honours degree in these fields or the required mark in the Honours degree‚ but have at least five years of work experience in the field of human resources may receive recognition of prior learning. Such candidates may be required to write specialised admission tests.

  • Can I do this if I work full time?

    The modules will be presented as block lectures. Students are required to attend three blocks of lectures per year. Each block lasts for three days (except for the first block which may be presented over four or five days). Between lecture blocks, students are required to complete coursework assignments.

  • How long is this programme?

    The Master’s programme is a two–year‚ full-time programme. The course starts in January and ends the following year in November. The start and end time may be changed at the discretion of the Head of Section. Both the coursework and the dissertation are completed within these two years.

  • Do you offer an on–line or part–time Master's course?

    No‚ we do not offer this programme on–line or part–time.

  • Do you offer a Master's degree by dissertation only?

    No‚ we only offer a Masters’ degree by coursework and dissertation.

  • What does the programme consist of?

    The central theme of the programme is the people manager as a strategic business partner. The programme consists of two parts: a coursework section (weight 70%) and a research dissertation (weight 30%).

    The coursework section of the programme consists of six modules: 

    • Strategy
    • Research methods
    • Design thinking
    • Reward and talent management
    • Diversity and Inclusion 
    • HR Analytics 

    At the discretion of the Head of Section, modules may be added or withdrawn.

    The course requires students to approach the content areas from a Systems Thinking perspective. An introduction to Systems Thinking will be provided in the first block of lectures.

    For the research dissertation, students choose a research topic in collaboration with their work mentor and their supervisor. This research topic should be of value to the organisation where the student is employed. The dissertation is limited to 10‚000 words.

    The programme has been designed to conform to the registration requirements of the South African Board of People Practice.

  • How do I apply?

    To apply for the above programme please complete the University’s Online Application Form which can be accessed by clicking the button below:

    Apply Here

    Please ensure you have an official transcript of your university available when completing this form (the transcript is a formal document stating your marks for your honours or other degrees). You will be required to upload this transcript when you apply. Also, upload a brief CV which clearly states the number of years you have worked in the human resources field. Applications usually open Mid-May and close in October.

  • Cost and Financial Assistance

    Please go to the University website and check the cost of the programme under the relevant course codes (BUS5003W‚ BUS5004W and BUS5006W).

    Fees: http://www.uct.ac.za/apply/fees/

    For funding opportunities please consult the following website:

    Funding: http://www.uct.ac.za/apply/funding/postgraduate/applications/

  • Who should I contact?

    Please contact Anton Schlechter Anton.schlechter@uct.ac.za  for any further information.

For more information on the programme, please refer to pages 32 and 33 of the 2020 Commerce Postgraduate Handbook