Applications for Semester (July-Dec) 2024 close on 31 July 2024

The Master of Philosophy in Occupational Health - MPhil (Occupational Health) is a degree aimed at occupational health professionals who are interested in pursuing a research-based masters degree. Students register for part-time academic study and are required to complete three courses primarily offered through the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health Programme (occupational health risk assessment and management; occupational medicine and work ability; and occupational health services management, ethics and legislation), and a further 2 courses aimed at developing competency in conducting research on an occupational health topic (Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Occupational Health, Research Methods for Occupational Health) over a two-year period. The courses are offered face-to-face in block sessions (one per semester) over the two-year period. Attendance is compulsory and constitutes a DP requirement. In the third year, students embark on their research fieldwork and write up their masters dissertation in order to fulfil the requirements of the degree.

For detailed information about the courses offered, please see the Programme Outline

Prospective applicants, please see the Guidelines for Application

Application Process

Follow this link to apply online. Be familiar with the MPhil (Occupational Health) Guidelines for Applications

International (non-South African) students – please refer to the UCT IAPO (International Academic Programme Office) for further information about the process. For non-South African students, you will require clearance from IAPO before you will be allowed to register.

How much does it cost?

All information relating to fees, methods of payment and payment schedules is available in the UCT fees handbook.

Please note the additional administration fee payable by students who are non-South African citizens or permanent residents.

Contact Us:

For administrative and general enquiries:

Lynne Harper

Ms Lynne Harper, Programme Administrator

Phone:  021 406 6818

For academic enquiries:


Prof Mohamed Jeebhay, Programme Convenor

Phone: 021 406 6309




 Dr Roslynn Baatjies, Assistant Convenor and Lecturer


 Phone: 021 406 6665