The MPA is designed as a course-work Masters. Students are required to complete a total of 8 modules of which 5 are core and 3 are electives. In addition a mini-thesis has to be submitted.
Elective Modules (Choose 3):
Mode of Delivery:
The mode of instruction takes the form of intensive 2-3 week teaching blocks which will be held four times a year (in February, April, July and September). This should prove particularly attractive to part-time students, especially those who do not reside permanently in the Cape Town area.
In terms of contact with students in between the blocks, full-time students will keep in regular contact with staff, and will be encouraged to attend seminars and workshops. Part-time students who reside outside of Cape Town will keep in regular contact with staff via e-mail. The School is also in the process of building its distance and e-learning capabilities.
In line with the professional as well as academic orientation of the MPA degree, use will be made of experiential and interactive teaching and learning methodologies. These will include seminars, syndicate groups, case studies, role-play exercises and other activities, designed to develop critical thinking, problem solving and other related skills and competencies relevant to real working situations in the public sector. The use of such methodologies should help to ensure that the curriculum, whilst intensive and challenging for students, is not "over-taught" and does not become overly content-driven in character. At the same time, the increased practical focus of the course will not be achieved at the expense of academic excellence and theoretical understanding. A balanced and mutually reinforcing mix of practical and theoretical knowledge is one of the main aims of the new degree. In addition to the School's own experienced academic staff, lecturers from other departments and units, as well as practitioners from the public sector, will also be invited to contribute to lectures and seminars.