M.Sc. Geography and Environmental Studies

Study Discipline: Environmental Science
Study Programme Details
Country: South Africa
Admission Sessions: Summer Session
Study Format: Full Time, Part Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Master's degree


12 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Immerse yourself in a transformative academic experience at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies invites global students to engage in groundbreaking research amidst a country undergoing rapid transformation. Explore the dynamic realms of Geography and Environmental Studies, tapping into the School’s rich tradition of academic and applied research. With a strategic focus on Global Change, our program stands at the forefront of addressing environmental and human challenges, offering an unparalleled opportunity for students from around the world to contribute to research in this dynamic landscape.


The MSc (and MA) degree endeavors to provide advanced professional training in earth, atmospheric, hydro-environmental, and global change sciences. Delve into specialized fields such as disaster risk reduction, environmental management, and environmental governance, alongside studies of human environments—urban, rural, and social. Foster interdisciplinary exchange between arts and science disciplines, preparing graduates to navigate the complex challenges faced by countries in Africa and beyond. The School, with its robust academic and applied research traditions, is poised to equip students for a future where environmental and human challenges are met with expertise and innovation.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science Honours in a related field with a minimum weighted average of 65% is required for admission.
  • Identify and approach a supervisor from the School before submitting your application.
  • Applications are accepted throughout the year.
  • For admission to a Masters degree, applicants should ideally have at least 65% in Geography Honours.
  • Students from other institutions may require additional background, subject to the discretion of the Head of School.
  • Students without Geography Honours may be considered for Masters if they have an Honours equivalent in a suitable discipline. Applicants from outside the University of the Witwatersrand must submit examples of written work for consideration.
  • Research
  • Geography
  • Environmental Studies
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Engineering

The Fee For This Programme is 42120ZAR

Future Career Outcomes

Graduates emerge as leaders in addressing environmental and human challenges, influencing policies, and driving positive change. With expertise in environmental and geographic studies, career pathways include roles in research institutions, government agencies, environmental consultancies, and international organizations. The program’s emphasis on Global Change positions graduates as catalysts for sustainable development on a global scale.

Visa Requirements:

For visa information, please visit South Africa page for student visa and student life.