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Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies The Masters in the field of Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies provides the capacity to operate in Africa's dynamic ICT ecosystem and digital knowledge economy.
Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies The Masters in the field of Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies provides the capacity to operate in Africa's dynamic ICT ecosystem and digital knowledge economy.

Qualification: MA 

Faculty: Humanities

Duration: Minimum of 1 year

School: Literature, Language and Media

Study mode: Full-time; Part-time

Overview

This dissertation-only degree empowers its candidates to do intensive investigation into a particular component of the African ICT ecosystem and digital knowledge economy.

This degree is designed to meet the needs of policymakers, regulators, operators, communications managers in large and small organisations, user and consumer groups, NGOs, and others involved in or affected by ICT sector policy and regulation. The degree provides participants with an opportunity to improve their professional skills and/or refocus their expertise through:

  • Expanding and updating their knowledge of ICT ecosystem and digital knowledge economy policy, regulation and practice
  • Conducting intensive investigating a research problem and producing a full-length Master's dissertation

The MA in Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies is a higher-level degree. As well as an Honour's degree or equivalent, you will need to have at least three years of relevant work experience. This may be salaried or voluntary but must include organisational experience, either in management or in policy design. RPL (recognition of prior learning) may be requested on an individual basis. The following criteria are applied in the evaluation of applications for acceptance:

  • A Bachelor's degree with Honours, or post-graduate diploma or equivalent, achieved at a suitable level and preferably related to one of the following fields: information and communications technology (ICT), media studies,  public policy, law, economics, regulation, development theory
  • Evidence of research writing at Bachelor's or Bachelor's-with-Honours level
  • At least three years' working experience in an appropriate field
  • Satisfactory completion of Wits admissions tests measuring cognitive, arithmetic and general reasoning abilities.

For guidance regarding the application process please contact: Nokhanyo Yolwa nokhanyo.yolwa@wits.ac.za

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

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For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.