MPhil FAQs

  1. Who are the GSB faculty staff who lecture on the programme?
    Faculty members that lecture on the programme include; Associate Professor Warren Nilsson, Dr Tim London, Dr Nceku Nyathi, Dr Linda Ronnie, A/Prof Kosheek Sewchurran and Dr Francois Bonnici. We also have guest lecturers who are experts in their field.
  2. How do I find a supervisor?
    On the GSB website, a list of all academic staff is available with each academic's area of expertise. You may contact a supervisor that you feel would be able to offer support with your area of research. As our programme does not start off with the research component at the beginning of the programme, you are not required to have a supervisor already before the start of the academic year.
  3. Am I allowed to change my idea from what I originally planned in my application?
    Yes, you may. Sometimes the idea you may have had when applying has changed since starting the course or perhaps with some research you found a different area you would like to pursue and you may do so.
  4. What are the programme deliverables?
    Deliverables are to be submitted between each module. An example of the 2016 deliverables can be viewed by clicking here. The dates for 2016 deliverables would be slightly different.
  5. Can I bring my organization corporate issue as a research question
    Yes, you may. Not all students wish to start their own business after completing the MPhil, some students would like to implement their innovation in their current place of work to address an issue that they felt needed to be addressed.
  6. Is the RPL assessment an exam and is your CV considered as well?
    A: It is not an exam but you are required to complete a set of questions as well as attaching your CV to the RPL website. An assessor then assesses your application and advises the Admissions office of the outcome.
  7. What part of the research constitutes the final mark for the degree?
    The final grade is comprised of only the research mark, there are no course work grades that are assigned. This is a full dissertation programme and the final mark is the grade that is achieved for the dissertation.
  8. What type of innovations do you expect from applicants?
    The department does not have a list of specific innovations we would prefer students to work on. Our students are encouraged to work on an innovation that they feel addresses social needs and ultimately relieves poverty across various sectors.
  9. What if you already have an innovation, could you still enrol for this programme?
    Yes, you may. This programme would provide you with the skills to develop your innovation further and to design your business plan in a way that it fits demands of a social environment and the tools to help you build a sustainable business.
  10. What scholarships are available for this programme?
    There are a number of various scholarships offered from the Bertha Centre at GSB, MTN, Canon/Collins and NRF/DST. Click here for more information.
  11. If you needed to apply via RPL, could you apply for the scholarships before having completed the RPL assessment?
    Yes, you should apply for the scholarships even if you have not yet completed the RPL assessment, as most of the scholarship deadlines are before the MPhil application deadline.
  12. Does the GSB assist with contacts for your business?
    We have a network of contacts both locally and globally in the field of inclusive innovation, and frequently facilitate introductions for our students.
  13. What is the difference between the MPhil degree and other masters' programmes?
    The biggest difference is social purpose. The MPhil addresses social challenges by providing our students with the opportunity to do really meaningful and purposeful work. Some other programmes only provide the skills for higher level management roles whereas the MPhil programme is the marriage between theory and practice to enable students to bring their innovations to life.
  14. What do you mean by Inclusive Innovation?
    In a nutshell, inclusive innovation is simply new products or processes (or a combination thereof) that improve the lives of those living with the lowest incomes. We examine a number of definitions on the course, including Phylis et al (2008) '… a novel solution to a problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals', Westley (2010) '… an initiative, product or process or program that profoundly changes the basic routines, resource and authority flows or beliefs of any social system', and George et al (2012) '… the development and implementation of new ideas which aspire to create opportunities that enhance social and economic wellbeing for disenfranchised members of society'.
  15. Who ‘owns’ the rights to my idea/research idea or business plan?
    UCT owns all students research upon completion and it is shared on an open platform with the public as well.  However, your business idea is yours to pursue in your own capacity. If you have any concerns or questions about Intellectual Property, you may contact the UCT IP office.



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