WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,835 /year
Part-time Study:2 Years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Commerce
Start Date:March 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Commerce
Campus:Upper Campus
Course Type:Master by Dissertation
Specialisations:Information Systems
Application Deadline: 31 October 2021
Programme Overview

The masters by dissertation only is a research degree on an advanced topic under supervision offered by any department in the Faculty.
Examination is by dissertation alone (180 NQF credits).
Prospective candidates should consult the appropriate Head of Department, School or Section concerned to discuss both the proposed topic and the availability of suitable supervision.
The Faculty Office should be contacted for details regarding the application process.
Entry is by selection. Selection is based on academic performance and demonstrated research competence and the availability of suitable supervision.



Admission Requirements

Unless otherwise agreed by the Head of Department, candidates with a full-time or part-time IS honours degree from the Department will be expected to obtain a mark of at least 65% for their honours degree. Applicants must submit a detailed CV, and supply answers to questions relating to any past and present work experience and activities, awards, skills, academic and professional qualifications gained, involvement with the IS industry, and their intended career progression. They should state why they are seeking a postgraduate degree in Information Systems, indicate whether full-time or part-time study, and describe their preparation for postgraduate studies. They should describe previous research done in their honours year, and any research they may have done in industry, and list any publications, technical reports or conference proceedings they may have. Applicants should give details of any course, for which they are currently registered, and an interim evaluation from appropriate instructors, as well as details of any registration cancelled or applications for postgraduate study refused by an academic institution. Applicants without the IS honours degree from UCT should also submit an authorised academic transcript of their marks, and give contact details of two referees. They are also required to provide electronic or hard-copy examples of their past research (preferably their honours research report), and may be required to attend an interview. Those whose home language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency. Acceptance is at the discretion of the Head of Department, and places may be limited. In addition, they must provide a strong motivation for not following the usual coursework and dissertation route, detailed evidence of research methodology courses taken, and full evidence of research carried out (electronic or hard copies are required). They should also submit a five- to ten-page cited and referenced preliminary proposal of the research area intended for study. Only students with exceptionally strong and broad research background will normally be accepted for this master’s route, and the vast majority of candidates will benefit from the coursework and minor dissertation option.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $18


Postgraduate applications are only possible online and must be submitted at


If you need help in completing your application, or advice about your choice of programme, contact:

Tel: (021) 650-2128 or email:

The Admissions Office is located on Level 4, Masingene Building, Middle

Campus, and will where necessary refer you to a faculty office or department for more details information or advice.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Application analyst.
– Cyber security analyst.
– Data analyst.
– Data scientist.
– Database administrator.
– Information systems manager.
– IT consultant.
– IT technical support officer

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,835
Tuition Fees for International Students: $3,835

Please note that fees and payment requirements differ for local and international students. A further distinction is made between international students from the SADC region, international students from elsewhere in Africa, and international students from outside Africa. The following information does not apply to students registering at the Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Students must pay the Course Fees for the selected courses, plus an International Admin Service Fee of R4, 000 plus the International Term Fee where applicable

International Admin Service Fee – R4000

International Term Fee from outside Africa- R49900

International Term Fee Non-SADC – R37263

South Africa and SADC Application fee – R100

Outside of SADC region – R300

Relevant Contact

Prof. Michael Kyobe
Programme Convener
Prof. Maureen Tanner
Postgraduate Student Advisor