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Postgraduate Diploma in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies

An invaluable online learning opportunity

What our programme offers

The Postgraduate Diploma in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies is a unique programme offered by PLAAS, at the University of the Western Cape. It is the only programme in the land and agrarian studies field offered at a South African University, and accredited at NQF level 8. It offers:

  • Internationally recognised lecturers with established expertise in poverty, land and agrarian studies;
  • A solid grasp of key concepts in poverty, land, agrarian reform, ecosystem and climate change;
  • Critical engagement with land and related policies in Southern Africa and interventions in students’ professional contexts;
  • Two convenient four-week online learning block sessions, taking place April/May (4 weeks) and August/September (4 weeks);
  • And a relevant, respected, recognised career-enhancing qualification.
Who it will benefit

The PG Diploma is designed for passionate and committed working professionals such as policymakers, planners, managers and fieldworkers. It will benefit those working in government departments, local government bodies, NGOs, private sector companies and consultancies.

The four course modules

Who can apply?

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, with an average of 60% in the final assessment of the exit-modules in relevant courses such as Sociology, History, Economics, Political Science, Agriculture, Public Administration, Geography and/or Environmental Studies, together with at least three years’ relevant experience in the areas of poverty, land reform and sustainable natural resources management.


For those applicants without a first degree, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedures will apply to candidates with extensive work experience (at least ten years) in land and agrarian reform, rural development, natural resources management and/or gender issues. Preference will be given to students with good English writing abilities.

Contact person

Ms Carla Henry
Senior Administrator
Postgraduate Programme
PLAAS, University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17
Bellville, 7535
Western Cape
South Africa

Apply here

Find instructions and application forms on the PG Diploma webpage here:
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Apply by 30 November 2020