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About the PLAAS Postgraduate Programme


Since 1995, the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) has become internationally recognised for its excellence in research, policy engagement and teaching in the research areas of poverty, inequality and vulnerability; land, water and resource rights; farming, agro-food systems and agrarian reform; and in the social dimensions of fisheries and ecosystem management. The Postgraduate Teaching Programme was initiated in 2001, offering two unique teaching programmes and two research programmes.  As part of the tenth anniversary of postgraduate teaching at PLAAS, we commissioned an external review of our Teaching Programme.  Recommendations from the external review and the realignment of the Higher Education Qualifications Framework (HEQF) resulted in a restructure of the Postgraduate Teaching Programme.


Teaching and Learning Approach

The Postgraduate Teaching Programme encourages teaching and learning through active class debates and discussions, encourages students to attend public seminars, public debates and relevant book launches on key areas. 


Course Offerings

Each course/qualifications has separate admissions requirements. More information about each course is available at the below links:


Student Development

PLAAS arranges compulsory academic writing workshops for all our students on the following topics: - how to write academically, how to formulate an argument, the importance of referencing (and referencing tools). We do this with close co-operation with the Division of Postgraduate Studies.