Master of Urban Studies in the field of Sustainable Energy Efficient Cities
The Master of Urban Studies in the field of Sustainable Energy Efficient Cities (MUS (SEEC)) qualification is a one year full-time (or two-year part-time) programme on sustainability, climate change, and energy studies with a focus on cities, settlements, buildings and architecture.
As the centres of human habitation as well as production and consumption, cities and their respective built environments pose a double-edged sustainability dilemma for humanity with regard to challenges versus intervention, adaptation and mitigation opportunities.
Based on a multi-disciplinary approach, the programme admits students with honours-level qualification in diverse disciplines including the built environment, engineering, social sciences, humanities and natural sciences.
The course starts early to mid-February and ends with submission of the research report for examination by mid-December. Students registered on a part-time basis undertake their research report in Year 2 of their study and must submit their reports by mid-December of that year. This degree is offered mostly on a block release. However, the course ‘Understanding Cities of the South’ is offered on a weekly basis throughout the first semester, and the course ‘Environmental Planning and Sustainable Development’ is offered on a weekly basis throughout the second semester.
In the second year of the part time route, part-time candidates have to attend the Research Methods for one full day every two weeks for the first quarter of the year. There are several research progress presentations scheduled across the remainder of the year.
Graduates of this qualification can expect to play a significant role in the transition processes towards greening the economy, consumption and lifestyles in the South African, regional and global economies and markets as well as related policies and institutional transformations.