Plaas Postgraduate School How to Apply or Admission Procedure
For those applicants who hold an undergraduate degree in relevant courses such as Sociology, History, Economics, Political Science, Agriculture, Public Administration, Geography and/or Environmental Studies, together with at least three years’ relevant experience in the areas of poverty, land reform and sustainable natural resources management. Should you qualify, please follow the procedures outlined in the PLAAS Application Procedures document.
Complete the UWC Online Application
Please read the following guidelines carefully to assist you in the
application process. We will consider applications on a monthly-basis;
however the final application deadline is 30 September 2016 for 2017
applications. The following steps must be completed in order for PLAAS to
consider your application:
1. Apply online to the University of the Western Cape
2. Pay the application fee
3. Submit all required documentation
4. SAQA certificate for foreign qualifications (please see point 2.1. below)
1. Guidelines for the UWC Online Application
Please follow these instructions to apply online to the University:
a) Go to the University applications website:
b) Follow the instructions provided.
c) An application number will be automatically generated once the
application is complete. Kindly use this number for all correspondence
with the University.
d) Once your application has been completed, you will be required to pay
the application fee.
e) You are also required to upload your supporting documents online
(please see point 2 below).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: What is the Application Type? Postgraduate
Q2: What Semester does it fall under? Whole Year
Q3: What Faculty do I select? Faculty of Economic and
Q4: What Programme do I select? PG Diploma in Poverty, Land and
Q5: What Department do I select? PLAAS
2. Supporting Documentation for Submission
Prospective students must submit upload the following documentation
once their UWC online application has been completed:
a) An updated detailed curriculum vitae.
b) A clear motivation, indicating why you feel you should be accepted
onto the programme. It should include your relevant work experience,
community work and career objectives.
c) Certified proof of academic transcripts from all institutions.
d) Certified copies of degree certificates.
e) Certified copies of identity document/passport and matric/schoolleaving
f) SAQA evaluation certificate (international students only – see point 2.1.
g) Two reference reports from academics or individuals who know you in
a professional context.
h) Summary of writing sample – In your own words summarise the article
Ferguson, J. (2013). How to do things with land: A distributive
perspective on rural livelihoods in Southern Africa. Journal of Agrarian
Change, Vol. 13 No.1: 166-174. It should be 2-3 typed pages, font Times
New Roman, font size 12, single spacing.
2.1. Certificate of Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications
Prospective students who obtained qualifications from non-South African
universities are required to submit a Certificate of Foreign Qualifications
Evaluation from the South African Qualifications Assessment (SAQA)
offices. The purpose of the evaluation is to compare foreign qualifications
with South African qualifications and to advise on the recognition of the
foreign qualification in South Africa in terms of the National Qualifications
Framework (NQF). Please note that this is the candidate’s responsibility,
including all costs related to this. The process can take up to three months
to finalise, and could delay the selection process. Kindly visit the SAQA
website on http://www.saqa.org.za or contact the call centre on +27 12 431
5070 for more information.