Cape Town, Western Cape
The University of Cape Town which is the
university in South Africa, is set on
of Table Mountain.
A world-class African university
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is
the oldest university in South Africa and is one
of the leading universities in Africa. It has over
20 000 students with 3 600 studying for PhD or Masters
degrees. UCT prides itself on a multicultural student
body which reflects the cultures and religions of
the diverse Western Cape region, South Africa, Africa
and the world. The University welcomes international
students and is currently home to over 3 000 students
from 90 different countries.
UCT has established a tradition of
academic excellence, which is recognised worldwide.
The University is privileged to have 17 out of South
Africa’s 45 scientists identified by an independent
audit as ‘A-rated’– those considered
international leaders in their field. It is also
the academic home of world-renowned authors such
as Breyten Breytenbach, André Brink and Njabulo
Ndebele, and has vibrant departments of African music
Set in the peaceful suburb of
Rondebosch, UCT is about 10 minutes drive from
Cape Town’s city centre. The main campus
is located on the slopes of Table Mountain. There
is a subsidiary campus in the city centre for Fine
Arts, a Medical School near Groote Schuur Hospital,
and the Graduate School of Business at the popular
Cape Town Waterfront area.
For a Bachelor’s degree
programme, the minimum requirement is a matric
exemption. For non-English first language speakers,
proof of English language ability is required.
(TOEFL score at least 570, IELTS overall band score
of 7.0 with no individual element of the test scoring
below 6.0). Each faculty has subject requirements
and acceptance depends on high school results.
International students need to apply
for a conditional exemption certificate from: The
Matriculation Board, P.O. Box 3854, Pretoria, 0001,
South Africa. Website: http://www.sauvca.org.za/mb
Faculties include: Humanities Science Engineering
and the Built Environment Law Commerce
Sciences. The faculties are spread over UCT’s
main campus situated at Rondebosch, the Hiddingh
Campus in Gardens, the Medical School in Observatory
and the Breakwater Campus at the Waterfront. Every
faculty publishes its own handbook with detailed
Facilities and services
Services include extensive sporting
facilities, an accommodation bureau, a walk-safe
scheme, student learning centres, a shuttle service,
student health service, over 100 social, sports
and specialty clubs and societies, a student Parliament,
a disability unit and a student advice office.
The International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO)
looks after the special needs of international
students. All general enquiries pertaining to international
students should be directed to the IAPO. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit the IAPO website http://world.uct.ac.za
There is limited accommodation
available for international students in residences
on campus. Most international students join local
students in shared rented houses or apartments
near the University. The Student Housing Office
(e-mail: email@example.com) and the Off-Campus
Accommodation Bureau (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
keep lists of accommodation. The International
Academic Programmes can advice you on areas where
to stay close to UCT.
The first port of call should
be the UCT Web site: www.uct.ac.za. International
students planning to do full South African degrees
at UCT should apply through the Admissions Office.
Semester Study Abroad students, exchange students
and short-term international affiliates, should
apply through the International Academic Programmes
Teaching and research staff
UCT employs 4 300 people, 56%
of whom are administrative and support staff and
44% are academic and research staff. Sixty percent
of UCT academic staff hold Doctorates. A high proportion
of staff are leaders in their fields. The National
Research Foundation (NRF) identified UCT as one
of South Africa's leading research universities
in science, engineering and technology.
Research and areas of excellence
Research at UCT covers fundamental
and applied research in Science and Engineering,
in the Health Sciences, in the Humanities and in
the growing field of policy research, as South
Africa maps out the future of its new democracy.
UCT has four of the 15 national research
units funded by the Human Science Research Council’s
Centre for Science Development.
In the Health Sciences, UCT has the
highest concentration of research centres funded
by the South African Medical Research Council (MRC).
These MRC research units include the Bioenergetics
of Exercise Research Unit, the Cape Heart Research
Group, the Ischaemic Heart Disease Research Unit,
the Liver Research Unit, the Oesophageal Cancer Research
Group, the Molecular Reproductive Endocrinology Research
Unit, the Research Unit for Medical Genetics and
the Research Group for Traditional Medicines, run
jointly with the University of the Western Cape.
Graduates with approved three-year
degrees who wish to do a Masters or PhD degree
are normally required to complete an Honours degree
involving one year of specialised study. Masters
degrees are offered by dissertation or by taught
courses and a minor dissertation. Doctoral degrees
are research degrees which may be entered directly
on the basis of a first degree, or after completing
a Masters degree, or by upgrading an initial Masters
registration to Doctoral level. Postgraduate diplomas
normally follow a three-year Bachelor’s degree.
Proof of English language proficiency is required
for students for whom English is not their first
Semester Study Abroad (SSA)
UCT runs an exciting, varied
and successful semester study abroad programme.
The study abroad programme is designed for international
students wishing to spend one or two semesters
at UCT, taking (mostly) undergraduate courses for
the purpose of transferring credit, on completion,
to their home institution, for (usually) undergraduate
degree credit. In 2003, UCT hosted almost 500 Semester
Study Abroad students. Acceptance depends on academic
record to date. Proof of English language proficiency
is required for non-first language speakers (see
above). Students from the USA require a GPA of
3.0 and above. For further information on the semester
study abroad programme e-mail: email@example.com
abroad at the University of Cape Town
In 2003 over 400
students from different continents spent one
or two semesters at UCT as part of our semester
study abroad programme.
- UCT offers a wide
range of semesterised courses to choose
- UCT credits are easily
transferable to your home university
- UCT has staff members
specifically dedicated to caring for
study abroad students
- UCT gives a six-day
orientation programme on arrival
- UCT provides assistance
with finding accommodation
- UCT gives students
the option of "an aunt in town" with
the Personalised Support Service
- UCT runs a volunteer
community service programme specially
for study abroad students
- UCT is in a peaceful,
leafy suburb of Cape Town, one of Africa’s
most cosmopolitan cities, with stunning
views over two mountain ranges and across
Here’s what some
Beautiful city: "Living
and studying in Cape Town has been the
best experience of my life. Not only is
the University of Cape Town a good university,
it is also in one of the most beautiful
cities in the world."
Justin, CIEE, USA.
Breath-taking mountains: "I met many South
African students by getting involved in the Hiking Club at UCT. Being
part of the Hiking Club gave me the opportunity to go on weekend trails
in the breath takingly beautiful mountains around Cape Town."
Kate, University of Melbourne, Australia.
Thought-provoking classes: "What a great place
to learn about politics and the rebuilding of a nation. The interactions
in the Politics classes at UCT were very stimulating and thought-provoking.
I am glad that I could have been part of the building of the future leaders
that are being produced at UCT."
Alison, University of British Columbia, Canada.
good reasons to study at UCT
- UCT a world-class African
- The magic of Cape Town:
Multi-cultural, vibrant, historic African
city, spectacular mountains, beaches, outdoor
- Wide choice of courses
in six faculties: Humanities, Science,
Engineering and the Built Environment,
Health Sciences, Commerce and Law.
- Supportive International
Academic Programmes Office: Over 3 000
international students, strong Semester
Study Abroad programme, community service
programme, International Student Organisations.
- UCT courses are accredited
by leading universities in the world: UCT
has visiting student agreements with institutions
such as Leiden University, Duke University,
Princeton, and the University of California.
- New, career-orientated
undergraduate degree programmes: Interdisciplinary
approach, flexible range of structured
options with tight quality control.
- Emphasis on research and
postgraduate studies: 20% of the 20 000
students are enrolled for PhD or Masters
degrees, top quality academic staff.
- Comprehensive student services:
Student Development and Services Department,
extensive sports facilities, over 100 clubs,
student health service, accommodation bureau,
academic advisors, walk-safe scheme, shuttle
service, community service options.
- Excellent student and research
resources: Library with over 900 000 volumes,
laboratories, study venues, international
linkages, information technology services,
field research options.
- Rooted in Africa with strong
academic linkages across the continent:
Academic Partnerships in Africa (USHEPiA)
Programme, Centre for African Studies,
African Gender Institute, All Africa House
Faculty of Science
Masters in Conservation
Biology: This is a 13-month degree with equal components
of coursework and a research project. Intensive modules on key conservation
topics taught by international experts. For more information,
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: + 27 21 650 3292.
in Systematics and Biodiversity Science: This one-year course trains in the description,
documentation and analysis of biological
are also components on biogeographic analysis and conservation biology and
an introduction to Geographical Information Systems. Training in the methods
used in one of the major groups (botany, entomology etc) is included. The
course work component is examined in July,
followed by a dissertation. For more information,
E-mail: email@example.com Tel: +27 21 650 4037.
Masters in Environmental
Geochemistry: This course is multidisciplinary with modules covering
the chemistry of the atmosphere, natural waters,
sediments, quantitative chemical analysis, statistics and data interpretation,
environmental engineering, legal aspects, waste management and health considerations.
For more information,
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel:
+27 21 650 2902.
Masters in Information
Technology: The normal duration of this course is
two years although it may be completed in one. The course comprises a
comprising of Research Methods; Networks; Databases; Web site Design
and Implementation; Human Computer Interaction;
Software Engineering; Professional
Advanced Programming. Students also complete a six-month research project.
For more information,
E-mail: email@example.com Tel:
+27 21 650 2663
Master of Mathematics
of Finance: This
two-year programme is for students who wish to
work in financial markets, especially in derivatives
management and quantitative analysis. It develops techniques for pricing
and managing modern financial instruments. It is divided into coursework
year) and a dissertation (second year). For more information, E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +27 21 650 3226.
Faculty of Commerce
Master of Commerce in Economics: A one-year full-time
Masters degree which incorporates advanced
economics study and a mini dissertation.
degree in Economics with an adequate background in econometrics is
required. For more
information, E-mail: email@example.com Tel: +27 21 650 2729.
Master of Commerce in
Information Systems: A one-and- a-half-year
to two-year full-time or two/three-year part-time programme in
advanced study of business
information systems. Candidates complete four modules consisting
current topics in Information Systems theory and research focused
a critical approach to reading and writing in Information Systems.
Dissertations are also
completed. For more information, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +27
21 650 4260.
Faculty of Humanities
MA in HIV/AIDS and Society: The programme provides
students with the competence to grapple,
both theoretically and through empirical,
with the complexities of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the socially
differentiated and culturally diverse setting of South Africa.
Courses within the
programme include: Media and Messages; Prevention, Support and
to make a Difference – Policy and Management; and Public
Health and the Social Context of HIV/AIDS. For more information,
E-mail: email@example.com Tel: +27 21 650 3513
MA in Gender and Transformation: The two-year programme focuses on providing the
technical and intellectual capacity required
policy and practice, and between women and men. The programme
also equips graduates
to contribute to democratisation and bring about the changes
demanded by significant sectors of the population. For more
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +27 21 650 4207.
MA in Applied Languages
and Literature Studies: This programme is offered by
UCT’s Centre for Applied Language and Literacy Studies and Services in
Africa (CALSSA), collaboratively with the Department of Education, the Department
of Southern African Languages and Linguistics, the Department of Modern and
Classical Languages, the Centre for Higher Education and Development and PRAESA.
The programme offers advanced academic and professional approaches to teaching
and researching the use of South Africa’s official
languages in everyday contexts. For more information, E-mail:
email@example.com Tel: +27
21 650 4110.
MA in Theatre and Performance: The two-year MA offers an intensive exploration
of theatre-making from the perspective
of a theatre
director or of an
actor or performer. The student creates three theatre projects
towards a final
thesis production which also comprises a design component
and a theoretical explication
of the work. For more information, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +27 21 480 7166.
MEd/MPhil in Education: Masters
programmes in the Department of Education are offered
in two parts. In the first year
candidates are required
to register for the Postgraduate Diploma (Part I). Successful
of the requirements
for the diploma with a mark of not less than 60% in each
of the four courses entitles a candidate to proceed to
for which is at
In addition to its postgraduate
certificates and diplomas and taught Masters degree,
the Department of Education
These courses do not require that students necessarily
have education qualifications. There are courses that
and reform; gender and
education; literacy studies; teaching and the modern
condition; applied language studies;
the writing and publishing of textbooks; literature
and imagination; intercultural communication; and
issues. For more
information, E-mail: email@example.com Tel: +27 21 650 2772.
in Historical Studies: The
programme will equip students for a broad range
of careers in which research skills,
a capacity for informed
an effective grounding in written work and oral presentation,
advanced ability to interpret complex materials will
the heritage sector and the tourism industry, documentary
film making, teaching, publishing, museum and gallery
some of the
areas programme. For
more information, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +27 21 650 2742.
MA in Library and Information
Science: The programme allows students to focus
on particular areas of Library
Management Studies, Policy Studies, Sociology and
Information, Information and Knowledge Management,
Database Production and Information
Retrieval and a minor dissertation. For more information,
Tel: +27 21 650 3093.
Faculty of Law
The Master of Laws Degree: This may be started
in either late February or late July each
year and may
over one or
on a full or
basis. (LLM candidates must be resident in Cape
Town). Courses from a variety of legal disciplines
are offered including:
law w Shipping law w Electronic law w Labour law
w International law w Marine
law w Environmental law w Company law w Private
law w Constitutional law w Criminal
justice w Public law. For further information,
E-mail: email@example.com Tel: +27 21 650
Faculty of Engineering and
the Built Environment
Masters Programme in Catalytic Processing: This
introduces students to all aspects of catalysis
is placed on catalytic
synthesis, characterisation and testing in relation
to industrially organic
processes. For more information, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +27 21 650 2699
Master of City Planning
and Urban Design: This is a two-year full-time degree
with an architectural
required for entry.
The programme consists
of theory and studiowork. Emphasis is placed
as a vehicle of teaching and of promoting praxis
between theory and
The focus is
on developing innovative thinking for continued
intellectual development and for responsibly
meeting the changing
demands of the workplace.
This coursework programme is professionally
accredited in South Africa. For
E-mail: email@example.com Tel: +27 21
Master of Landscape
Architecture and Planning: The degree programme is a two-year,
course. It is integrated
programmes in Architecture,
Urban Design and City and Regional Planning.
For more information, E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel +27 21 650 2374.
Masters degree in Process
Systems Analysis and Control: This is a multidisciplinary
coursework plus research
Methods in Process Systems, Multivariable
Control System Analysis, Numerical Computation
and Optimization, Advanced Engineering
and topics in
Chemical Engineering Research. For more
E-mail: email@example.com Tel: +27
21 650 2699.
Faculty of Health Sciences
Master of Philosophy in Critical Care:
This course provides a thorough knowledge
and clinical measurement; general internal
medicine, anaesthesia, surgery and
radiology particularly related to critically
ill patients and acute emergency medicine.
information, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +27
21 406 6346.
Masters of Philosophy
in BioEthics: This part-time degree, extending over two
a deeper understanding
of the theoretical
of ethical issues in public and private
life. For more information, E-mail:
email@example.com Tel: +
27 21 406 6346.
Masters Degree in Public
Health: This two-year degree prepares candidates
to meet the
challenges of evaluating
care delivery. The course outline
includes, research methods; epidemiology; biostatistics;
economics; health services
and behavioural sciences and health;
women's health and a dissertation.
For more information,
Tel: +27 21 406 6346.
Why not do a Postgraduate Degree
If you want an excellent
postgraduate qualification look no further
than UCT. The university is committed to
building on its international reputation
by offering exciting opportunities for
postgraduate research and learning, and
a wide range of postgraduate degrees in
UCT offers over 65 Masters degrees.
In response to market needs, an increasing number of
these have a significant coursework component. A few
of the many options available are listed below. Details
about other Masters and postgraduate courses can be
obtained from the UCT website at www.uct.ac.za/postgrad/deg_dip.php
or under individual departmental listings.