If you are considering studying towards the MSc majoring in Environmental Management (by dissertation only) at our department, please ensure you start by thoroughly reading steps 1 to 6 before proceeding with the official application process (Steps 7 to 9).


  • A relevant BSc undergraduate degree (NQF level 7)
  • A relevant BSc honours degree or equivalent qualification on (NQF level 8) 
  • A preliminary concept note as explained below and confirmation of supervision support from a lecturer at the Centre for Environmental Management


STEP 1: Identify a promising research question in your field of interest

Before you consider doing the MSc by dissertation only, it is important to identify whether the Centre for Environmental Management (CEM) is best suited for your field of study. On the Centre’s staff page, you will be able to see each of our staff members and their main research interests when clicking on their names. First identify a potential supervisor, then select a university. NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

STEP 2: Read up about you potential research topic

STEP 3: Identify a basic methodology you will use to answer your research question 

STEP 4: Summarise your project into a two-page concept note 

STEP 5: Contact the potential supervisor identified in Step 1, directly

Now that you have prepared your two-page document, you can contact them directly. Write a short message (a few sentences at most) that briefly introduces yourself and explains why you are contacting them specifically. Remember to attach your two-page document to the message.

STEP 6: The potential supervisor will let you know whether they can help you as soon as possible

If so, you can then apply for admission to study at the UFS. Without approval from a suitable supervisor at the CEM, you will not allowed to register for this degree. 


STEP 7: Prepare your application for admission to UFS

Before applying online for admission to UFS in the following step 8, have the following documentation readily available in readable, electronic format:

  • A certified copy of your South African ID document or passport*
  • Certified copies of all previous qualification certificates*
  • Certified copies of all previous academic transcripts*

*Applicants with international qualifications need to provide a SAQA Verification Certificate along with certified copies of their qualifications. For more information on the verification of qualifications, please visit

*Certified copies should be not be older than three months and clearly readable.

STEP 8: Apply online for admission to UFS

All prospective students should apply online for admission to study at the UFS. It is an instructed step-by-step process, submitting your information and required documentation to one place. You will be requested to upload the required documents you prepared (as listed above) during your online application. Upon successful submission of your application, you will receive an automated electronic confirmation that your application has been received by the UFS.

You will need the following information in order to select the correct degree when applying online:
Program code: B4850
Plan code: BC480060

STEP 9: Current UFS students only

If you are currently a registered student at the University of the Free State in 2023, please download and complete the DV3 form to apply for a new qualification. The qualification code for the Master of Science majoring in Environmental Management (by dissertation) is BC480060.

Please note: All foreign students are responsible for their own visa arrangements. After foreign applicants have been accepted, they will have to initiate their own visa applications as soon as possible by applying for police clearance from their home country. Once selected, students can obtain a Letter of Acceptance from the Office for International Affairs at the University of the Free State. For more information, please contact the Office for International Affairs.


Elfrieda van den Berg (Marketing Manager)
T: +27 51 401 2531

Dilahlwane Mohono (Faculty Officer)
T: +27 58 718 5284

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