The Bachelor of Land Administration Honours is an initial postgraduate specialisation degree that links the undergraduate
Bachelor degree with studies at level 9. The Bachelor Honours degree builds on the outcomes of a Bachelor degree in the same
subject area or career‐focused cognate area of learning. The programme aims at consolidating and deepening the knowledge
and skills of students in land administration, as well as developing their capacity to conduct research of an applied nature.
Namibia has developed a number of national plans to achieve the goals set in the Namibian Vision 2030. The country has also
committed to work towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Following Independence a
number of land recording projects were initiated to provide tenure security, housing and basic services. However, the projects
have largely fallen short of achieving the goals due to slow or poor implementation progress. Achieving national goals as well as
international commitments calls for enhanced provision of tenure security for further development of the country to avoid civil
unrest due to unequal and unfair distribution of land rights. This calls for much enhanced programme implementation and
governance to improve the success rate. It also requires a review of current land policies and that urban land issues are paid
particular attention. Those challenges are sought to be addressed in the courses offered as part of the Bachelor of Land
Administration Honours programme.
The elective courses offered as part of the Bachelor of Land Administration Honours programme are highly relevant to the global
agenda and are closely linked to the field of land administration. With the above described issues on weak programme
implementation in mind the Bachelor of Land Administration Honours programme therefore offers an elective course on
advanced project management for students interested in strengthening their skills in project management
The programme is purposefully designed to equip the students with the requisite tools, subject methods and a deepened
theoretical grounding in the theories of land administration. Students will be capacitated to independently identify, formulate,
and solve complex problems within the subject area and its relevant components.
Overall, the programme places specific emphasis on the competencies and attributes that will enable students to assume a
career path as advisors for land administration projects, in supervisory/middle management and applied research positions in
government (national, regional and local level), and other organisations, including within the SADC region. On completion of this
programme, graduates will be able to apply integrated land administration and management approaches in both public and
private sectors i.e. Ministry of Land Reform, Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and various local government authorities
To be admitted to the Bachelor of Land Administration Honours programme candidates should have a Bachelor of Land
Administration at NQF level 7, worth at least 360 credits from the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Alternatively,
candidates should have a Bachelor degree in a cognate area from Namibia University of Science and Technology or from another
recognised higher learning institution. If admitted such applicants will be required to register for Land Administration Theory and
Practice (formerly Land Administration) course in addition to courses in the Bachelor of Land Administration Honours curriculum
in order to make‐up for the deficiency in their undergraduate programme. Candidates with a foreign bachelor degree in Land
Administration or another cognate area may also be considered for admission. All decisions about admission of candidates is at
the discretion of the Head of Department of Land and Spatial Sciences.
At the discretion of the Head of Department of Land and Spatial Sciences candidates can be required to conduct an admission
assessment prior to the final selection and admission to the programme.
Graduates of this programme will be able to find employment opportunities in public sectors such as land administrators (of urban and rural land) land registration officers (of land rights in the different land tenure systems in place in Namibia), property officers, land technicians, social survey clerks, land project administrators, land analysts, land development administrators and advisors in the public sector (national, regional and local level) in the Ministry of Land Reform, Ministry of Urbana and Rural Development, Regional Councils, municipalities and local authorities and in non-governmental organisations. Graduates will also be qualified to serve in a wide range of activities involving land management and administration of a similar nature as in the public sector, additionally be in a position to support large engineering, architecture, conveyancing and town planning companies in Land Administration related activities. Furthermore, successful graduates will be able to lead consultancies in land administration and spatial information, as well as land administration systems change. Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of this programme, this degree presents a gateway to academic careers in land administration and cognate areas for some students, and for others it will facilitate career advancement in their current fields of employment, in either the public or private sector.