MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH (MPH)-Full Thesis Research Mode (NQF level 9)


Students must select a topic and design and complete a research project that is situated within the scope of topics and approaches covered in the Areas of Specialization offered at the school. Students may choose to enroll for these modules for nondegree purposes in order to strengthen their own personal development. With permission from SOPH, students may apply the content and approach of other disciplines to their thesis project, provided these are deemed of direct relevance to Public Health.

Admission requirements

i. An Honours degree, Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health or equivalent at Level 8 in any relevant discipline
ii. A minimum of five years in the health or welfare sector with relevant experience in implementing policy or planning and managing health or welfare services, including
iii. a minimum of three years of significant research or monitoring and evaluation experience.
iv. A tertiary level course in disease pathogenesis, disease measurement or disease control, if the candidates do not have the credits for such a course, then they have to take the module Introducing Public Health: its Basis and Scope from the PG Diploma in Public Health, and complete a task before or during their first semester.


Process of Application

  • The first step you need to take is to apply online through the UWC website: Applications are now open and will close on Wednesday 30 September 2021.
  • Once you have made this online application through the UWC website, you will receive an acknowledgement from Ms Janine Kader (SOPH). She will then provide you with a link to the SOPH online application form and the SOPH application task which we require all applicants to complete.
  •  Applicants should start the UWC (general) and SOPH (specific) online application process as early as possible in order to have enough time to be able to complete the necessary application forms, the application task and to gather all the necessary and certified documentation together (including leaving time to apply for SAQA clearance certification for all non-South African qualifications).
  • Your application to the University of the Western Cape (general application) and your application to the School of Public Health (specific application & task), must be completed on or before the 30 September 2021 deadline. This includes the uploading of all relevant documentation onto both the UWC and SOPH eapplication sites. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Please do not email your documentation to the SOPH – all applications have to be completed and uploaded through our e-application platform.

For more information and details on how to apply for the MPH please contact Janine Kader: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please view the following for more information. 

FAQs SOPH Academic Programmes

SOPH Applicant Information Letter for MPH programme for 2022

Programme Handbook 2021

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