The Faculty of Commerce has a variety of postgraduate options designed for students with a vocational/professional focus or for those who want to pursue the academic discipline of their undergraduate commerce degree. We offer Postgraduate Diplomas, and Honours, Masters (Professional Masters, Coursework and Dissertation, and Dissertation only) and Doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines.

Postgraduate programmes offered by department

Useful Resources for Commerce Postgraduate Applicants

Please consult the Commerce Postgraduate Handbook for details of the postgraduate programmes, including the curriculum and entrance requirements. UCT’s Directions for Postgraduate Applicants contains essential information on the postgraduate application process, dates by which to apply and more. 

Masters and Doctoral degrees

  • Masters by Dissertation only and PhD: 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.
  • The rules for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are published in Handbook No.3 General Rules and Policy.
  • Doctoral candidates 

Important note: Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)/Progress and Planned Activity Report (PPA)

All postgraduate students who are eligible to register for a dissertation must complete the MoU/PPA with their allocated dissertation supervisors before they can complete their registration. The MoU/PPA is completed online, on PeopleSoft, as part of the online registration process. Please download the guide: Completing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)/Progress and Planned Activity (PPA) on PeopleSoft for Students.

A hold will be placed on your registration until the MoU/PPA is approved. You must, therefore, allow adequate time to work with your supervisor to develop your MoU/PPA so that your MoU/PPA block can be removed and your registration can be completed before the registration cut-off date.