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MPhil Open Evening February

Gain a deeper understanding through the GIBS Master of Philosophy degree.

The Master of Philosophy degree offered at GIBS is aimed at business leaders that wish to develop a deeper knowledge and become an expert in either International Business or Corporate Strategy. These focused Masters programmes are a combination of courses taught by local and international experts together with an in-depth academic research project into an area of International Business or Corporate Strategy that you are particularly interested in. The core courses will prepare you for the thesis by exposing you to the latest research. You will then be guided in choosing from over 40 electives, which will enable you to expand your knowledge in areas that are particularly important to your career. 

Join us at our upcoming MPhil open evening to learn more about the programme as well as meet and interact with the faculty members. 

Please see event details below.

Date:    07 February 2019
Time:   17:30 registration, session starts at 18:00 till 19:00
Venue: GIBS (Classroom 1), 26 Melville Road, Illovo

Seats are limited. 

#NB - This event is free of charge. Should the form ask you for billing details, please select ''Self'' and enter your email address then press submit.

Should you require further information please contact Mpho Mashele.

If you have any admissions related queries please contact the admissions office at or on 011 771 4184 or 011 771 4331.

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