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Political Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #194 (WUR) Johannesburg, South Africa
The study of politics is concerned with the relations of power in society. Whenever people come into conflict, compete or co-operate over matters of money, position, influence or status they may be said to be acting politically. Political Studies courses is offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg .



Majoring in Political Studies at Wits means you will be studying at one of Africa’s leading academic departments for the study of politics.

We offer undergraduate courses on various topics, including, African politics; human rights; political sociology; South African politics; states, power and governance; theories of development; theories of freedom, justice and difference and; theories of modernity.

Undergraduates can register for majors in Political Studies, African Politics and History, and Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).

Career Opportunities

A Political Studies degree offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg majoring in political studies opens up opportunities to work in non-governmental organisations, the public sector, private business, diplomacy, international organisations, survey research organisations, development bodies and the news media.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  •  Introduction to Political Studies 
  • States, Power and Governance
  • History of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Social Theories of Modernity
  • Feminist Theory and Politics
  • South Africa: Politics and Governance

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • APS 34+
  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5
  • Wait-listing
  • Applicants with entry requirements of at least 30-33 APS points are wait-listed, subject to place availability.
  • International Qualifications
  • English Language (O/IGCSE Level: A-C | AS Level: A-C | A Level: A-C)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2760 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    2760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2760 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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R 41000-54000

Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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