The new Thabo Mbeki African School of Public and International Affairs (TM-SCHOOL) is a graduate premier graduate School located on the continent of Africa to advance public sector education.

It seeks to be a magnet of excellence in education, experiential learning and Research. The School uses transdisciplinary methodologies in the training of students.

The School’s focus areas are:

  • Citizenship and Development
  • Leadership Studies
  • Peace and Development Studies
  • Study of Government Affairs
  • Urban and Regional Affairs
  • Simulations and Futuristic Studies
  • Security and Intelligence Studies
  • Sustainable livelihood & Resources Management

Why the TM School?

  • To address the development challenges of societies
  • To search for new knowledge and ideas
  • To be in the forefront of the logic of invention and the logic of discovery
  • To contribute to global discoveries
  • To provide knowledge that accommodates inclusive growth, African thought, issues of sustainable development and human cohesiveness
  • To reshape public-private sector relationships
  • To determine the role of the public sector in economic development

Purpose of the Qualification

  • To develop and train student in high-level trans-disciplinary research in public and international affairs. 
  • To educate and train researchers who can contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level.
  • To prepare students to think critically, to analyze and solve policy problems to become impactful leaders for the public good
  • To train students to analyze, create and implement policies to address the most pressing problems in society
  • To prepare students for advanced professional employment.

The Role of Scholars and Leadership in the Rebuilding the African Continent by President Thabo Mbeki

Proposed Programme And Qualification Mix Include:

Non-formal programmes

Short Learning Programmes/ Experiential Learning & Executive Education

Formal programmes

BA Hons in Public and International Affairs – (First Semester of 2023)
Masters in Public & International affairs
The school proposes to offer Two variants of the masters degree

BY RESEARCH (2020) – The programme offers an MA via research leading to a dissertation of around 120 pages. The dissertation is prepared for examining under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise aligning with a student’s choice of topic. The topic must align with the seven programmes of study identified by the TM-SCHOOL, that is, Urban and Regional Affairs; Peace and Development; Citizenship and Development; Simulation and Futuristic Studies;  Leadership Studies;  Security and Intelligence Studies

BY COURSEWORK (First Semester of 2023) – An advanced study programme by coursework, plus a minor dissertation are required

Students are required to research, write and present a full thesis under Specialist supervision in the following areas of study: 
  • Leadership Studies
  • Peace and Development
  • Simulation and Future Studies
  • Urban and Regional Affairs
  • Citizenship and Development
  • Feminism and Gender Studies

Admission Requirements:

BA Hons in Public and International Affairs – (First Semester of 2023)
  • A Degree with a major in Social Sciences and a final course mark of at least 65% in the particular discipline
  • Due to the transdisciplinary nature of Public and International Affairs applicants from Cognate Disciplines are encouraged, and will be processed through the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning committee
Masters in Public & International affairs
  • An appropriate Bachelor degree Hons or BA at level 8 (in a cognate discipline) with an average of 65% or more
  • Applications through RPL process will be considered
  • A Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs and a final course mark of at least 65%.
  • Due to the transdisciplinary nature of the field, applicants (for the PhD) from Cognate disciplines are encouraged.
  • Alternative admissions can be done in consultation with Unisa RPL Process