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Partner with the School of Architecture & Planning to Advance Your Career and Build the Community

Through its teaching, research, creative work, and community engagement, SoAP has a significant role to play and makes a positive societal impact. Over the past 100 years, it has responded to changing conditions in cities, communities and built environments in South Africa, and in the rapidly globalizing and urbanised world. Students and professionals wishing to pursue a career in architecture or planning, and those seeking to further develop their knowledge-base, will find opportunities for specialisation as well as research enquiry within our degree offering. The School’s ethos prioritises:

  • Partnering with applicants to continue upskilling in areas of specialization and fields of interest.
  • Appraising and deploying disciplines-specific technological trends in architecture, spatial planning, and urbanism as tools for teaching, learning, and practice.
  • Studying the critical histories and theories of architectural and spatial planning, including diversity as a significant factor.

Click on the links below for the application closing dates and admission requirements for each degree programme. 

Honours and Diploma Study

Masters' Degrees

Interdisciplinary Masters' Degrees and Doctoral Studies 

Flexible Curricula, Modules, and Interdisciplinary Opportunities

There are Full-Time, Part-Time, and Blended/Remote learning and research opportunities. Also, the Master of Urban Studies programmes admit students who have degrees outside of architecture and planning, although some foundational courses may be needed to fulfil the requirements.

Bursaries, Scholarships, and International Exchange Programmes

The Master of Urban Studies in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), awards scholarships to the Master of Urban Studies and PhD students, and hosts sponsored yearly summer schools in Johannesburg, Berlin, Germany, and Lagos. The School also offers a prestigious two-year Felicia May-Johnston Scholarship, available for female students who intend to do Honours and Master of Architecture (Professional) degrees at Wits.

Career Upskilling

For qualified professionals (architects, town and regional planners, urban designers, and landscape architects), government officials in planning and strategic planning posts, non-governmental professionals, and general interest learners.

Mentoring and Student-Support Facilities

Students are assigned mentors to supervise their theses and dissertations; the School has two research centres: the Centre for Urbanism & the Built Environment (CUBES), and the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) in Spatial Analysis and City Planning (SA&CP); as well as programmes taught in collaboration with TU Berlin & University College London; the teaching staff includes NRF-rated professors producing internationally recognised research outputs.

Contact Us

For enquiries about postgraduate studies:


Tel: +27(0)11 7177623 

For other enquiries or to book an online consultation with the School's admin team contact us here.