HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR INCLUSIVE INNOVATION APPLICATION

Now that you’ve decided to take the next step, this is what you need to know about applying for the MPhil specialising in Inclusive Innovation at the UCT GSB. 

Initially, you will progress through a pre-application manager which you will receive as a unique link via email once you have enquired or applied on our site. This is an important first step before your application begins, to set you up with UCT GSB’s admissions team; your support along the way.  
 
If you would like to prepare in advance, please refer to these guidelines: 

PREPARE

Please collate the following documents or speak to the necessary parties in order to make your application process more efficient. 
  • Update your CV
  • Prepare for three motivational essays. The topics include:
    • Please provide us with a narrative about who you are, what your vision for your future is, and why you have chosen to apply to the UCT GSB MPhil in Inclusive Innovation programme at this particular time in your life and career? 
    • How will you contribute to creating a strong, mutually supportive learning community for your cohort? What skills and expertise will you be able to offer your classmates to enhance the co-created learning journey? 
    • What do you expect, and hope to achieve from your GSB experience? How do you plan to manage the high time and energy demands of this intensive programme over the course of the next one or two years?
  • You will need to submit a research proposal that tells us about your knowledge and experience to date, the context of the challenge you are addressing, the impact you envisage, and if applicable, the existing solutions in the field. The research proposal is your opportunity to make a case for the work you are passionate about. You do not have to have everything figured out at this point. In fact, if you have everything figured out, there is no need for you to do an MPhil! What’s important is that you describe an inclusivity challenge that you feel passionate about, and that you share your questions and curiosities about that challenge. You do not have to rely heavily on outside reading, but a brief acknowledgement of a few key pieces of academic and/or practitioner literature is helpful.  There is no specific word requirement, although we recommend 1500 – 2000 words. Every challenge is different, use the outline as a guide. Click here to download research proposal guide.
  • If you have not completed a Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Diploma or a cognate Bachelor’s Degree equivalent at level 8 through relevant work experience you can apply through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route and submit a Portfolio of Learning (POL) assessment form in the portal. 
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is not English will be required to produce a TOEFL certificate to verify fluency in English.


STEP 1: START YOUR JOURNEY WITH THE UCT GSB

Submit your information online, using the unique portal URL we email to you after you enquire or choose to apply on our site. This allows us to get to know you and gives you the opportunity to gather all your information in one place. You can leave and return as you need to before making your final submission.

STEP 2: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO UCT CENTRAL ADMISSIONS, ONLINE

Once you’ve been through the pre-application manager, you will be prompted to complete and submit your UCT online application here, in order to create your official student record.

For this step, you will be required to submit certified copies of your identity documents, certifications and a sponsorship letter, if applicable. This is also your introduction to the UCT, which will include personal particulars, motivations, linguistic competencies and your work and academic history. 

STEP 3: CONFIRM YOUR DOCUMENT UPLOADS WITH THE UCT GSB

Due to operational disruptions caused by COVID-19, please confirm your document uploads from step #2 above by uploading them again via your unique UCT GSB pre-application link.

This will allow the admissions administration team to process your application faster and more efficiently, and helps to ensure that your application submission is complete and accurate.

STEP 4: PAY THE APPLICATION FEE

Pay your administration fee in order to cover the administrative costs of your application.

Citizens of all African countriesR1 750 (One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Rand)
Applicants from all other countriesUS$ 300 (Three Hundred US Dollars)


Please note: Your application fee is non-refundable. 

BENEFICIARYUNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN - GSB Account No. 9
BANKStandard Bank SA Ltd.
BRANCHRondebosch, Western Cape
ACCOUNT072953004
SWIFT CODE (FOR INTERNATIONAL PAYMENTS)SBZAZAJJ
GSB REFERENCE NUMBER FORMATGSB/Surname/FirstName-OR-UCT student number
STEP 5: SEND US YOUR HARD COPIES (UCT GSB)

All documents submitted in support of your application must be verified for authenticity. This is done by submitting hard copies of your documents. 

Please await communication from the admissions team on how and when to submit your documents should there be any national restrictions on post. To follow your application status, visit http://studentsonline.uct.ac.za

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