Albert Luthuli Leadership Institute (ALLI)

MPhil in Development Practice | Albert Luthuli Leadership Inst | UP

Africa needs development practitioners in government, business and civil society who understand the complexity of developmental challenges and who have the leadership capacities to design and implement the integrated and multidisciplinary Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The University of Pretoria’s Master’s in Development Practice (MDP@UP) addresses this need by delivering graduates with the knowledge, leadership competence and technical skills needed to implement the SDGs.

The one-year MDP@UP uses a hybrid learning approach, introducing participants to the most relevant development theory and practice. This includes online and, if the environment allows, face-to-face learning, leadership service-learning and case study write-up and analysis. The programme is truly multidisciplinary and focuses on the social sciences, health sciences, management sciences and natural sciences.

The MDP@UP is hosted by the Albert Luthuli Leadership Institute and is Africa’s only programme that focuses on building the leadership competencies needed to implement the SDGs. 

Minimum entry requirements:

You are eligible only if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have been employed full time for a period of five years or longer.

  • You have an Honours degree or higher (Master’s or PhD).

  • Your qualification should have an NQF level of 8 or higher. 

Duration of the degree:

1 year

Application deadlines:

International applicants: 31 August (each year for admission the following year)

South African applicants: 30 September (each year for admission the following year)

Masters in Development Practice (MPhil) 

Programme Code: 07255374

Program Coordinator: Miss Ruvimbo Musiyarira

E-mail address: [email protected]


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