The bold pursuit of his academic ambitions and a strong desire to produce research stemming from interrogations of his own world view has paid off doubly for Dr Ryan Nefdt, a senior lecturer in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Department of Philosophy, who was recently awarded a P-rating by the National Research Foundation (NRF) as well as the 2020/21 Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Emerging Researcher Award.
As the largest faculty on campus, the Faculty of Humanities is home to more than 6000 Undergraduate and Postgraduate students annually. Currently 43 countries are represented in our student body. We attract students and academics from across the globe which means exposure to a rich diversity of knowledge, experience and best practice.
Research and Teaching
UCT Faculty of Humanities has a reputation for demanding excellence from our staff and students. We are home to some of South Africa's most celebrated intellectuals, including: award-winning composers and singers; renowned artistic directors and literary critics; world famous novelists and poets; national policy makers and advisors to government; sought-after economists; and highly respected social science researchers.
We produce exceptional young people who possess imagination, insight, mental agility and analytical skills. As a result of these attributes, our graduates are highly sought after both locally and abroad. Most of our students advance to postgraduate study which further enhances their skills and employment opportunities. A Humanities qualification prepares you for a multitude of career paths in the public sector, corporate workplace and in academia.
“The Humanities Faculty at UCT produces exceptional scholars who possess imagination, insight, and analytical skills – who are able to impart innovation and leadership to a society grappling with transition and reconstruction. I am proud to say that the Humanities experience at UCT prepares students well for life as a global citizen who can co-exist and engage with the world.”