Mining in Africa, as in the rest of the world, has changed from simply balancing production targets with cost control to a complex set of interrelationships including safety, health, the environment, sustainable development and proactive stakeholder management. This programme is aimed at providing an interdisciplinary postgraduate qualification that highlights the critical factors of sustainable development in the context of mining and minerals processing in Africa; including an understanding of, and a sensitivity and progressive approach to, managing and interacting with communities, environmental challenges, safety cultures, health-related issues and regulatory frameworks.
This is a two-year Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree, offered by the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town, through the Department of Chemical Engineering, and accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of South Africa. Candidates shall be required to complete advanced study by coursework with a total value of 60 credits, and a research dissertation with a value of 120 credits.
This programme has been developed as part of the Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) project of the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP). It is to be delivered on a decentralized basis by two African universities (University of Cape Town-Cape Town and University of Zambia-Lusaka) in partnership with other South African and Japanese universities, and the United Nations University, based upon a common set of course instructions.