Majoring in politics and governance at the University of Cape Town means you will be studying at one of Africa’s leading Political Science academic departments. At UCT our undergraduate courses remain a popular choice making the Politics department one of the largest departments in the Faculty of Humanities. Our courses can be taken as part of the BA or B.SOC SCIENCE degrees as well as under a structured programme such as Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) which is offered through the Departments of Philosophy and Economics.

The Department offers a range of courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, South African Politics, Political Theory, Political Economy, Public Policy and Public Administration. Courses (except first year courses) are also available as electives, subject to course prerequisites being met.  They are also available to Study Abroad students subject to Head of Department approval.

Why study politics?

A politics and governance Major opens-up opportunities to work in non-governmental organisations, the public sector, private business, diplomacy, international organisations, research organisations, development bodies, the news media and academic teaching and research at University level.

Possible Career Options

  • Political journalist
  • Public affairs officer
  • Politician
  • Political analyst
  • Political risk analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Campaign manager
  • Political Science lecturer or researcher
  • Government Official

Political Studies will allow you to find work in many different walks of life. We study how power due to their familiarity with the political environment and governmental bodies. Whether it's at the graduate or undergraduate level, these programs teach students all about political theory and the function of the government and politics in society.


Information on how to apply can be obtained from the UCT Website

Undergraduate applications are administered by the Humanities Faculty Office:

International students should contact the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO):


The following major can be taken as part of the general BA / BSocSci programme: