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Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies (MA IDKES)

The Wits Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies (MA IDKES) is a formal post-graduate academic qualification that provides capacity to operate in Africa's dynamic ICT ecosystem and digital knowledge economy. 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

Who should participate?
This degree is designed for middle- to senior-level managers and practitioners working in the broad electronic communications and ICT sector across the African continent. The sector includes telecommunications and electronic communications operators; the IT industry; the broadcasting and digital audio-visual content services sector; trade unions; regulatory associations; government policy departments, including communications, trade and industry, science and technology; science councils; university teaching departments; consumer advocates, and development sector entities.

The candidate completes a Master's dissertation, based on original research, under the supervision of a member of the LINK Centre's teaching and research team.

The full fee schedule for students registered on the MA in Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies can be obtained from the Wits Finance Office, tel: +27-11-717-1533, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 46 

Entry requirements
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 South African applicants, and for international applicants who have South African qualifications and who do not require a visa (e.g., from the SADC region), applications close on 30 November of each year.

For applicants with qualifications obtained outside South Africaapplications close on 30 September of each year.

  • applications after that closing date will be considered only if the applicant has a SAQA certificate of verification
  • verification of your international qualification(s) must be obtained from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
  • the SAQA verification of qualifications must accompany the online application to Wits

For international applicants who have foreign qualifications, applications close on 30 September of each year.

  • you should apply as soon as possbible for SAQA verification of your qualifications
  • early application to SAQA will enable you to have the application processed by Wits in time for you to apply for a study visa (should a study visa be required)

Applications are online only, at, using the following information where applicable:
Programme code: ARA00
Plan code: AFAIDKE70
Course code: SLLS8009A

Applications should include the following supporting documentation:
1. Certificates of all degree qualifications stamped by a Commissioner of Oaths
2. Full academic transcript of the most recent degree qualification
3. SAQA certificate of evaluation if your degree is from a university outside South Africa
4. CV
5. Short note (no more than one page) giving reasons why you wish to study for this degree programme. Please include your possible topic of research and the reasons why you wish to conduct such research.

You will also be required to complete an admissions test. Taken together, these allow us to undertake a balanced assessment of your suitability for the programme.

The Wits University Student Enrolment Centre, tel: +27-11-717-1888, will assist you with your application.
Administrative queries can be directed to the LINK Centre's Nokhanyo Yolwa on  
The Degree Convenor is LINK Centre Director Dr. Lucienne Abrahams,, who can assist with academic queries.