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Faculty of Social and Health Sciences

A warm word of welcome to the new Faculty of Social and Health Sciences, birthed in June 2017 through the amalgamation of the social and health sciences programs at Monash South Africa. This amalgamation enables us to offer students a rich variety of inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary programmes in three clusters:

  • Communication and Media Studies;
  • Political, Social and Development Studies; and
  • Human and Health Sciences.

In the Bachelor of Social Science degree, students can choose to major in a rich variety of thought-provoking disciplines, including Child and Youth Development, Communication and Media Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Development Studies (incorporating Human Geography), International Studies, Journalism Studies, Philosophy, Political Studies, Psychology, Public Relations Practice, and Sociology.

If you are keen to broaden your knowledge base and expertise, you can do a second major, even across faculties, which complements your study plan. Popular choices are to combine Psychology with Management, Child and Youth Development, or Criminology; Communication and Media Studies with Marketing or Journalism; and Development or International Studies with Economics. The possibilities are endless.

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For those interested in pursuing a career in law, there is an opportunity to complete a one-year pathway programme into the professional Bachelor of Laws (LLB) offered by the Faculty of Business and Technology, after graduating from the Bachelor of Social Science degree.
The faculty is furthermore among a few institutions in Africa offering a Bachelor of Public Health degree. The curriculum for this degree was thoughtfully constructed to ensure that it not only meets the needs of students, but effectively prepares them for careers in the health sector in Africa.

We know that potential employers prefer to hire graduates who have had more than just ‘book learning’. That is why we go one step further and place a strong emphasis on gaining practical workplace experience. Several of our discipline areas, in both social science and public health, have fieldwork, work placements, or internship components included in their core curriculum. This means that by the time you graduate, you could already have some work experience on your CV, increasing both your employability and the possibility of career success.

The faculty also offers a number of programme at postgraduate level. The Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) allows you to specialise in Communication and Media Studies, Child and Youth Development, Criminology and Criminal Justice, International Studies, Journalism Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, or Sociology. This prestigious programme will prepare you as a future public leader, professional researcher, an expert in your chosen field, or as a manager with relevant and highly valued specialised knowledge of society’s institutions, cultures and values.

The Bachelor of Public Health (Honours), in turn, ensures that our students are adequately prepared for work in health programmes and spearheading projects of national importance.

If you would like to polish your specialist skills even further, the research Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Integrated Water Management might be just what you’re looking for. You will be teamed with leading researchers who will act as your supervisors and sounding board while you undertake your major thesis on the topic of your choice. For those who are interested in a more practically-oriented postgraduate qualification, we also offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management.

Beyond the classroom, the faculty is spearheading research through a Water Research Node and a Centre for Transformative Research, in addition to diverse and wide-ranging projects focused on human social, mental, and health-related issues. The faculty regularly hosts knowledge cafés and academic events related to these issues.

The Faculty of Social and Health Sciences is positioning itself to be a regional hub for social, human and health sciences through expanded programme offerings, innovative teaching, cutting-edge research, and community engagement focussed on improving the lives of both local communities and across our continent.

We look forward to you joining our team of critical thinkers and change-makers!

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