Labour Policy and Globalisation

Students must complete three courses and a research report to qualify with a Master of Arts (MA) in the field of Labour, Policy & Globalisation by coursework and research report.


Full-time Programme Structure

  • Three courses
  • One Research Report

For students based in Gauteng (a province in South Africa) and continuing to work, full-time studies are only available to you with strong motivation.

Part-time Programme Structure:

Should you wish to take part-time studies, PLEASE NOTE that you are required to take the Advanced Research Methods course in the first year and at least one other course. We also highly recommend that you take all three courses in the first year so that you can spend the second year focusing on the Research Report.

More information on this programme is available here.

Entry Requirements

  • BA Honours degree or equivalent
  • At least seven years of union/labour support organisation (LSO) experience
  • Research or Policy experience in union/LSO
  • Official letter of support from union/LSO
  • Personal Motivation Letter from applicant
  • Formal, written commitment to return to union/LSO for at least two years after completing GLU programme
  • Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 65% and above average for previous studies
  • Sample of written academic work
  • Concept Note of the proposed MA research project (5 pages max.)

Additional entry requirements may apply. 

University Application Process

  • 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.

International students, please check this section.

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University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees site also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

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.