Interdisciplinary Master's and Doctoral Studies in 2016
 Social Cohesion, Reconciliation, and Social Justice


Join the University of the Free State to deepen scholarship on the human embrace with a national and international team of highly-qualified academics and practitioners in this intellectually stimulating and practically innovative programme.  

The purpose of this programme is to provide development opportunities for academics, professionals and practitioners to advance social critique and social justice-directed transformation in various contexts. This programme is ideally suited for persons working in public and private institutions, community and non-governmental organisations, social movements, regional and transnational structures, and those pursuing careers across a variety of social justice fields.

Nationally and internationally we are faced with development and societal challenges that require critical and multi-faceted scholarly practices for: rethinking the social and its heterogeneity; studying the social dynamics of disrespect, disaffiliation, vulnerability, precarisation, solidarity, integration, friendship and intimacy; exploring the structures of social domination, material insecurity and public turbulence; and crafting possibilities for social justice agency through transformative praxes across the various sectors of society. As a critical enterprise, your study will revisit and redefine current notions of reconciliation, social cohesion, inclusivity, social justice, human rights, diversity and citizenship in a changing world by applying interdisciplinary approaches to its analyses and practice.

Both the master's and doctoral programmes require a full research dissertation/thesis, and students will also be expected to attend specialist cohort sessions on agreed-upon times. This programme is open to all students with background studies in the economic and management sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, social sciences, law, education, theology, and so on, including those in the heritage, development, human rights, transitional justice and peace sectors; and candidates in the cultural and creative industries.


Admission Requirements


For master's applicants, admissions are limited to those holding relevant honours-level degrees or equivalents (level 8) with an average pass mark of 65% or higher. Doctoral applicants must have completed a relevant master's-level degree or equivalent (at level 9) with a pass mark of 65% or higher. Please follow the step-by-step guide on how to apply, and note that places in the programme are limited. The programme is managed by the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice.


How to apply


  1. Use the step-by-step guide
  2. Application
  3. Research Proposal template

Selection Process


  1. A number of applicants will be selected for interviews.
  2. If you are not notified by 14 November 2015 of an interview, your application was unsuccessful.
  3. During November 2015, there will be telephonic or personal interviews with selected applicants who matched the criteria.
  4. Selected, but unsuccessful applicants will be notified on 28 November 2015.
  5. Successful applicants will be notified on 28 November 2015.

Information about the programme can be obtained by contacting Joseph Besigye  (

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