University of Capetown

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UCT has a proud tradition of academic excellence and effecting social change and development through its pioneering scholarship, faculty and students.

It is also renowned for its striking beauty, with its campus located at the foot of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak, with panoramic views of much of Cape Town.

UCT is very similar to the city of Cape Town: it has a vibrant, cosmopolitan community. It is a cultural melting pot where each person contributes their unique blend of knowledge and thinking. Our staff and students come from over 100 countries in Africa and the rest of the world. The university has also built links, partnerships and exchange agreements with leading African and international institutions that further enrich the academic, social and cultural diversity of our campus.

This heritage characterises the experience of studying at UCT, where our students are introduced to a life of leadership and service through social engagement. They also have the opportunity to hone their leadership skills by participating in the over 100 clubs and societies on campus, as well as in student governance.

As a university we are committed to producing graduates who are not only well-educated, but also mindful of the responsibilities of democratic citizenship. This is important as higher education in general has a duty to develop an educated and thoughtful citizenry, which is a critical element of a successful democracy. This is the basis upon which UCT makes its most profound contribution to the development and transformation of our society.

UCT’s reputation for excellence is underpinned by its distinctive research, led by its distinguished faculty, many of whom are world-leaders in their field. Our researchers also teach and so ensure that our undergraduate and postgraduate students benefit directly from the latest scholarly work and discoveries.

Universities have the unique opportunity to influence the future of our society by educating and shaping the future leaders of the country – both in business and government. Our reputation as a leading research and teaching university is also embodied by the quality of our alumni, many of whom continue to make outstanding contributions to society.

Our mission

UCT aspires to become a premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. Taking advantage of expanding global networks and our distinct vantage point in Africa, we are committed, through innovative research and scholarship, to grapple with the key issues of our natural and social worlds. We aim to produce graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognised and locally applicable, underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice. UCT will promote diversity and transformation within our institution and beyond, including growing the next generation of academics.

Foundation statement underpinning the mission statement

Our research-led identity is shaped by a commitment to:

  • academic freedom as the prerequisite to fostering intellectual debate and free enquiry;
  • ensuring that research informs all our activities including teaching, learning and service to the community;
  • advancing and disseminating knowledge that addresses the key challenges facing society – South African, continental and global;
  • protecting “curiosity driven research”;
  • nurturing and valuing creativity in the sciences and arts including the performing and creative arts;
  • stimulating international linkages of researchers and research groupings.

We strive to provide a superior quality educational experience for undergraduate and postgraduate students through:

  • providing an intellectually and socially stimulating environment;
  • inspired and dedicated teaching and learning;
  • exposure to the excitement of creating new knowledge;
  • stimulating the love of lifelong learning;
  • the cultivation of competencies for global citizenship;
  • supporting programmes that stimulate the social consciousness of students;
  • offering access to courses outside the conventional curricula;
  • attracting a culturally and internationally diverse community of scholars;
  • guaranteeing internationally competitive qualifications;
  • offering a rich array of social, cultural, sporting and leadership opportunities;
  • providing an enabling physical and operational environment.

In advancing UCT as an Afropolitan university, we will:

  • expand our expertise on Africa and offer it to the world;
  • extend our networks on the continent, along with our global connections and partnerships;
  • promote student and staff exchanges and collaborative research and postgraduate programmes;
  • engage critically with Africa’s intellectuals and world views in teaching and research;
  • contribute to strengthening higher education on our continent.

We strive to provide an environment for our diverse student and staff community that:

  • promotes a more equitable and non-racial society;
  • supports redress in regard to past injustices;
  • is affirming and inclusive of all staff and students and promotes diversity in demographics, skills and backgrounds;
  • offers individual development opportunities to all staff;
  • is welcoming as a meeting space for scholars from Africa and around the world.


Undergraduate degrees & diplomas

Please note: for detailed information on these degrees and diplomas please consult the Commerce Faculty handbook.


Bachelor of Business Science in Actuarial Science:

  1. Actuarial Science
  2. Quantitative Finance

Bachelor of Business Science Management Studies:

  1. Computer Science
  2. Economics
  3. Finance Non CA Option
  4. Finance (CA Option)
  5. Information Systems
  6. Law
  7. Marketing
  8. Organizational Psychology
  9. Quantitative Management

Bachelor of Commerce – Financial Accounting:

  1. Accounting & Law
  2. Chartered Accountant Stream
  3. General Accounting

Bachelor of Commerce in Economics & Finance

Bachelor of Commerce in Economics & Law

Bachelor of Commerce in Economics & Statistics

Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems

Bachelor of Commerce in Philosophy, Politics & Economics

Postgraduate and postdoctoral hub

Faculty information | Degrees and diplomas | Application and registration | Fees and funding | Post-Doctoral Fellows | International students | Administration, services and support | Postgraduate Student Council

As Africa’s top research-led university, UCT is home to a large number of world-ranked researchers. This means that postgraduate students are assured of interacting with scholars who are internationally recognised experts in their field.

Be part of one of the many innovative and dynamic research teams doing cutting-edge interdisciplinary work, such as doing research on African climate change and development, getting involved in the international SKA radio telescope project, joining the first centre for experimental research in economics in Africa, sustaining South Africa’s valuable water resources, developing Africa’s vibrant cities, participating in translational research that fights infectious diseases, HIV/Aids, TB, cancers and genetic conditions, or pioneering work in computational mechanics. In addition, UCT offers a full range of postgraduate programmes in six Faculties: Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law and Science.

To enhance the postgraduate experience, the university provides numerous resources and has steadily increased its funding for postgraduate studies.

Faculty information for postgraduate students

Postgraduate degrees and diplomas

Application and registration

Fees and funding

Post-Doctoral Fellows

International students