DEADLINE EXTENSION: LLM/MPHIL in Multilevel Government – 2017 Bursaries

The national government, provinces and municipalities play key roles in development and deepening of democracy. However, they face serious challenges: intergovernmental conflicts, maladministration and corruption. A key event will be the local government elections of August 2016, indicating the importance of metropolitan governments as well as the sphere of local government as a whole. This unique, full-time programme deals with the law, policy and practice of multi-level government in South Africa. It combines class room teaching with a practical internship at an institution multilevel government (including municipalities, province, Parliament).

The Dullah Omar Institute of Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights and the South African Research Chair (SARChI) have developed a highly valued master’s programme, offered since 2009, combining both theoretical and practical methods of instruction.

Programme Structure

The programme comprises taught modules, an internship, and a research component. The courses are:

Multilevel Governance

Local Government

Rule of Law and Good Governance

Internship of 400 hours at an institution of multilevel government

The programme is offered on full time basis over ten months at the UWC campus.


Students are taught and supervised by distinguished scholars and experts in the field, including Professor Nico Steytler (SARCHi Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy) and Professor Jaap de Visser (director of Community Law Centre).


The programme also includes seminars by visiting international scholars.


Minimum requirements for admission are LL.B or honours degree (South African Qualification Authority equivalent. Admission is highly competitive and merit based.



The programme offers four prestigious bursaries of the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy.


Application should include:

Motivation letter

An application for bursary

Academic records


Samples of previous writings

Should be sent to

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in person or telephonically.

Deadline: 16 September 2016

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