Centre for Gender and Africa Studies: At the cutting edge of critical thought

The Programme for Gender Studies is a postgraduate programme consisting of the following qualifications (Information Guide):

  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Gender Studies
  • MA Degree in Gender Studies (Structured)

Gender Studies pursues an interdisciplinary agenda. This is evident in the coverage of a diverse range of areas in its course offering such as law, psychology, language, politics, development, religion and environment. In so doing, the aim is to illustrate the significance of gender studies in a broad range of interdisciplinary study. The strong feminist underpinning in the theory and research methodology affords students the opportunity to apply a gender lens to the various elective modules offered, thereby deepening their understanding of the gendered nature of certain social science and humanities disciplines and the accompanying social issues.

Curriculum

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Who should apply?

All individuals who find themselves in a position which requires extensive knowledge of the essential issues surrounding gender and feminism, as well as those that have a genuine interest in the complexities of gender and identity politics in Africa and a passion for the advancement of gender equality and equity.

Admission requirements

The Postgraduate Programme in Gender Studies comprises a postgraduate diploma and structured master’s degrees. The general admission regulations of the university regarding postgraduate study apply, conjointly with the following rules, to all qualifications in the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies:

  • A B-degree or four year diploma with relevant majors (minimum average of 65%) grants admission to the postgraduate diploma/honours degree, which runs over a period of one year.
  • An honours degree or any other equivalent qualification(s) with relevant course content (minimum of 128 credits), a proven academic (minimum average of 65%) and research record (mini-dissertation) renders admission to a structured master’s with course work, where half the credits are allocated to a mini-dissertation. The structured master’s runs over a period of at least one year.
  • An honours degree or any other equivalent qualification(s) with relevant course content of at least 128 credits (minimum average of 65%) including a mini-dissertation of at least 32 credits renders (65%) admission to a research master’s with a dissertation of 192 credits as requirement. The research master’s runs over a period of at least one year (full-time).
  • A master’s degree or an equivalent qualification (65% for full master’s dissertation) in accordance with the general admission requirements of the university is the minimum requirements for the PhD.

Note: The detailed admission requirements for each qualification are included in the complete application packages. For more detailed admission requirements, please contact us directly.

Application procedure

Prospective students should contact our offices directly for further information. Please note that international students will also have to submit their international qualifications to a process of evaluation by SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority). The preferred application procedure is online (online application). Should online application be out of the question, please contact the Programme Management for alternative processes.

Application ends by 1 December of a preceding year.

Physical address for visiting/courier/delivery
Centre for Gender and Africa Studies
President Steyn Annex Building Office 140 or 142
Senate Street North
University of the Free State
Bloemfontein Campus
Nelson Mandela Avenue 205
Park West
Bloemfontein
9301

Mailing address
Centre for Gender and Africa Studies (IB110)
University of the Free State
PO Box 339
Bloemfontein
9300
South Africa

Method of instruction
Admitted students attend blocked contact sessions four times per year on the Bloemfontein Campus. Each contact session can last for up to a week. These sessions are compulsory and students who do not attend all sessions will forfeit their place in the programme. Examinations at master’s level can be written at external centres in accordance with the university system.

Fees/Funding

Postgraduate School

The Postgraduate School can assist in postgraduate capacity-building through the offering of workshops and seminars.


FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Undergraduate:
Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Nhlamulo (Lucky) Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3519
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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