WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$5,293 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Commerce (MCom)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Commerce
Campus:Upper Campus
Course Type:Master by Coursework & Dissertation
Application Deadline: 31 October 2021
Programme Overview

The aim of the programme is to equip successful candidates with the skills to perform research, analysis and the valuation of instruments listed on financial markets. The programme is both practical and research-orientated, requiring the study of econometrics, the review of empirical studies and, at minimum, a half-thesis research report.


Course work
– Minor Dissertation
– Topics in Financial Management
– Empirical Finance
– Capital Markets and Financial Instruments

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
– A relevant NQF level 8 qualification with an appropriate research component at a recognised university. At least a NQF level 7 course in finance (BUS3026W at UCT which, for the purposes of illustration, has the prescribed textbook Bodie, Kane and Marcus, “Investments”) or ECO4053S Financial Economics and second year level course in statistics (STA2020 at UCT) is required. A NQF level 8 course in finance (BUS4083W at UCT) is recommended. Most UCT applicants are likely to be BBusSc FNC, FCA, QFN, ECO or Honours in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management and Honours in Economics graduates. The entrance requirements for non-UCT students being the equivalent to that of UCT students but achieved at another recognised university.
– Only students who can attend full-time are admitted. Foreign students may need to provide evidence of their competence in the English language being of a sufficient level that they can engage in academic writing. Applicants must demonstrate a high level of academic and quantitative ability. In general, a grade point average of at least 70% is required over the candidate’s university career. Admission is competitive and the above does not guarantee admission. In certain cases, an interview may be required. Each year there is a selection process that takes into account academic ability, equity and capacity available. Recommendation for acceptance is at the sole discretion of the programme convener.

N.B: Upon application, a brief note or email indicating the candidate’s intention to apply, confirmation of his or her full-time availability, a brief CV and full mark record (academic transcript) is to be provided.

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

How to apply
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

Some career opportunities are;
– Assistant Accountant.
– Accountant.
– Senior Account Executive.
– Cashier.
– Personal Finance Consultant.
– Business Consultant.
– Teachers/Lecturer.
– Executive Assistant.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $5,293
Tuition Fees for International Students: $5,293

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. Paul van Rensburg
Programme Convener
Christine Olsen
Postgraduate Administrative Officer