Master of Philosophy in Corporate Strategy (MPhil CS)

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​Become an expert in strategy.

The newly introduced MPhil in Corporate Strategy is an academically rigorous degree that will enable you to transform from a traditional business manager into a specialist in the complexities of designing, implementing and adapting corporate  strategy. The programme is completed in 18 months of part-time study in a format that allows you to minimise time away from the office.

This programme is aimed at managers with relevant experience in strategic processes who have completed a four-year degree, an honours degree or an equivalent qualification. Applicants should have at least 10 years' working experience.

The course consists of specialist core subjects, electives and a research project. It will equip you  with high-level business skills in the areas of strategic foresight, strategic management and strategic leadership. Successful completion of this degree, which includes a significant research  component, may enable progression to a PhD focused on research incorporate strategy.


Key focus areas

The following core courses are covered in year one:  (May - November 2019)

  • Strategic management;
  • Strategic foresight;
  • Strategic leadership; and
  • Environment of business.

Requirements during year two:  (Jan - November 2020)

  • Introduction to research methodology - culminates in your research proposal (supported by research workshops);
  • You will need to select four electives from the 40 offered on the MBA programme based on your areas of interest; and
  • Research report in the area of strategy (hand in early November 2020).

Fees 2019/2020

Application fee: R3 000 (non-refundable, payable on application)
Registration fee: R15 000 (non-refundable, payable on acceptance to the programme offset against total tuition fees)
Total tuition fees: R145 800 
Administration fee for students from countries outside South Africa: R5 000

Please note that GIBS does not charge VAT on tuition fees.

Admissions Information

Applications open: 15 October 2018
Applications close: 31 March 2019
Class will commence in May 2019

MPHIL CORPORATE STRATEGY ADMISSIONS PROCESS - download

Upcoming Open Evenings
Johannesburg
Date:    22 November 2018
Time:   17:30 to 19:00
Venue: GIBS (Classroom 12), 26 Melville road, Illovo

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Johannesburg
Date:    07 February 2019
Time:   17:30 to 19:00
Venue: GIBS, 26 Melville road, Illovo

RSVP:  Registrations will be opened a month before the event

Should you require more information, please contact Mpho Mashele 011 771 4116.

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Minimum Requirements

  • A minimum of an Honours degree or equivalent (NQF 8) in Business/Business related field/Professional qualification cognate to this degree such as a 4 year degree in Engineering or Law;
  • Minimum 10 years business experience preferably;
  • GIBS Entrance test; and
  • 500 word essay on a specific strategy topic (Essay topic: TBC).

International Students/Foreign Qualifications
Applicants who hold a foreign qualification need to send their qualifications to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for evaluation before applying to GIBS. We require the SAQA certificate to verify the NQF level of your qualification.  Visit saqa.org.za or email saqainfo@saqa.org.za Alternatively, you can call:012 431 5070 or the helpdesk on: 0860 111 673

Special requirements

Special needs:
If you have a special need, GIBS will look into accommodating this. However, it is a requirement that the student will need to provide medical certificates and supporting documentation as requested by the GIBS Admissions Office. To request special needs assistance, please contact the Admissions Office before you complete your application.

Religious observance:
Observant students will be excused from class, but the onus is on the student to make up for missed class and to plan in advance with the programme management team.


Who should attend?

This master’s degree is aimed at business managers and leaders who want to develop a deep knowledge of corporate strategy – which lies at the heart of all organisational success. The MPhi Corporate Strategy is a specialised, academically rigorous degree that will enable you to transform from a traditional business manager into a specialist in the complexities of designing, implementing and adapting corporate strategy.  You will be able to conduct advanced research into corporate strategy, leading to you being an expert in your area of research.  


How you will benefit

 Through a wide range of case studies and exposure to business leaders you will be able to see the applicability of the academic material covered of the courses. You will participate in a large scale, team-based project studying an industry though the viewpoint of both a dominant player as well as a disruptor in that industry, applying your learnings from each of the four core courses.  


Additional information

Classes will take place on average 3/4 days per month.

Final schedule: TBC

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