The Master of Commerce specialising in Finance in Investment Management [CM031FTX07] aims to equip successful candidates with the skills to perform research, analysis and the valuation of instruments listed on financial markets.

Entrance Requirements:

A relevant NQF level 8 qualification with an appropriate research component at a recognised university. At least an NQF level 7 course in finance (BUS3026W or ECO4053S Financial Economics at UCT) and a second-year level course in statistics (STA2020 at UCT) is required. An 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 Economic Analysis of Financial Markets and Honours in Economics graduates. The entrance requirements for non-UCT students are equivalent to that of UCT students but achieved at another recognised university.

International students may need to prove their competence in the English language being of a sufficient level to 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.

When applying, students need to attach a brief note or email indicating their intention to apply, confirmation of their full-time availability, a brief CV and a full mark record (academic transcript).

This is a full-time one-year programme. Graduation (after dissertation external marking and corrections) will typically be in June of the following year.

Course Code Description HEQF credits HEQF level
FTX5003W Minor Dissertation 90 9
FTX5028W  Topics in Financial Management 30 9
FTX5044H Empirical Finance 30 9
FTX5043F  Capital Markets and Financial Instruments 30  9

For more information on the courses, please refer to Commerce Postgraduate Handbook.