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University of Cape Town Courses 2024/2025 – List of all Courses Offered at University of Cape Town.

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University of Cape Town Commerce Courses

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Business Science (BBusSc)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

Both degrees are divided into a variety of programmes to cater both for the interests of our students and the employment needs of the country. The first year in both degrees is more or less common, for two main reasons:

  • All commerce graduates should have a solid academic foundation in a range of core subject areas: Accounting, Information Systems, Economics, Business Law, Mathematics, Statistics and Thinking About Business.
  • We do not expect students new to university to finalise their degree or programme choices before being exposed to the disciplines at a tertiary level, so the more similar the programmes, the more flexibility students have to move around as they discover where their strengths and interests lie.
  • Both degrees are offered in the standard format or as extended programmes to students who may have experienced gaps or disparities in their educational or life experience. The BBusSc is traditionally offered over four years, but is also available as an extended programme over five years (called the Education Development Unit or EDU). Similarly, the BCom is traditionally offered over three years, but is available as a four year programme (called the Education Development Unit or EDU). It is important to note that, whether you spend three, four or five years doing your degree, your Commerce degree certificate will be the same, except to stipulate whether you have graduated with a BCom or BBusSc degree and the area of specialisation of the degree.

The UCT Application Form will require you to select:

  • Actuarial Science: BCom or BBusSc
    • Mainstream
    • Educational Development Unit
  • All other Commerce UG degrees
    • Mainstream
    • Educational Development Unit

Honours/Masters/Doctoral degrees

The Faculty offers a range of degrees for students wishingto study further in a particular commerce discipline. Some of the degrees are offered on a part-time basis whilst others require full time study. Certain Masters degrees require coursework and/or internships in addition to the dissertation.

Professionally/vocationally directed postgraduate diplomas

Students with undergraduate degrees from Commerce AND other faculties may apply for Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Diplomas in Management. The Postgraduate Diplomas in Management currently offered are ideal for students wishing to pursue a career in Accounting, Information Systems, Actuarial Science or a variety of Management areas including Sport Management, Marketing, Tourism and Entrepreneurship.

University of Cape Town Engineering & the Built Environment (EBE) Courses

University of Cape Town Health Sciences Courses

  • Radiation Medicine

University of Cape Town Humanities Courses

The Faculty of Humanities offers a wide variety of programmes in the Arts; Social Sciences and the Performing and Creative Arts. These include:

A. General Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts [BA]
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences [BSocSci]

B. Structured Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art [BA9FA)]
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance [BA (TP)]
  • Bachelor of Music [BMus]
  • Bachelor of Social Science in Philosophy, Politics and Economics [BSocSc(PPE)]
  • Bachelor of Social Work [(BSW)]

C. Extended Degrees

D. Degree Specialisations

  • Bachelor of Arts specialising in Film and Media Production [BA]

E. Diplomas

  • Diploma in Theatre and Performance [DTP]
  • Diploma in Music Performance [DMP]

F. Higher Certificates

Higher Certificate in Adult and Community Education and Training

A. General Degrees:

General Degrees are suitable for students with a general interest in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, who wish to construct their own course of study rather than being committed to a prescribed set curriculum.

The Bachelor of Arts [BA] and Bachelor of Social Science [BSocSci] degrees offer a flexible degree structure spread over a minimum of three years of full-time study. These degrees require students to study at least two approved majors (i.e. a specialised study taken to third -ear level). While specific courses are required per major, outside the majors students have the freedom to choose from a wide range of courses as electives.

The general degree structure is also adaptable, in that students may change majors as they go along, based on their experience of their courses.

Students enrolling for a general degree will take at least 20 semester courses; of these, eight to ten semester courses will form part of two majors selected from the lists below.

 

Bachelor of Arts majorsBachelor of Social Science majorsMajors offered through other faculties**
African Languages & Literatures

Afrikaans

Arabic Language & Literature

 

Business French*

Chinese Studies

Classical Studies

Dance

 

English

Film & Television Studies

French*

German

Hebrew Language & Literature

History

Italian

Linguistics

Media & Writing

Music

Portuguese

Spanish

Theatre & Dance Studies

Visual and Art History

Xhosa Communication

African Studies

Anthropology

Economics

Gender Studies

Industrial Sociology*

Philosophy

Politics and Governance

Psychology

Religious Studies

Social Development

Sociology*

Applied Biology

Applied Mathematics

Applied Statistics

Archaeology

Astrophysics

Biochemistry

Chemistry

Computer Science

Ecology & Evolution

Environmental & Geographical Science

Genetics

Geology

Human Physiology

Informatics

Law

Marine Biology

Mathematics

Mathematical Statistics

Ocean & Atmosphere Science

Organisational Psychology

Physics

*Students will not be permitted to enrol for the following combinations of majors:

  • French and Business French
  • Sociology and Industrial Sociology

**Students can also choose one major from the list of majors offered by departments outside the Faculty, but must enrol for at least one major in either the Arts or Social Sciences.

 

For more information on majors please see the Humanities Undergraduate Handbook.

Which general degree should you choose?:

  • Students who select both majors from the list of Bachelor of Arts majors will register for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Students who select both majors from the list of Bachelor of Social Science majors will register for a Bachelor of Social Science degree.
  • Students who select one major from each list will choose to register for either a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Social Science degree.

For more information on the Bachelor of Art and Bachelor of Social Science degrees, including admission requirements, please see the Undergraduate Prospectus.

B. Structured Degrees:

Structured Degree Programmes are special combinations of disciplines and courses which have been curricula to provide you with a particular knowledge and skills base. Every programme is made up of specific, pre-set courses for each year of study, and every year of study builds on the knowledge and skills developed during the previous year.

Structured Degrees are suitable for students with an interest in specific aspects of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences who wish to follow a structured course of study, are reasonably sure of their interests and willing to commit themselves to a tightly-structured curriculum.

Structured Degrees in the Humanities
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art [BA(FA)]
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance [BA(T&P)]
Bachelor of Music [BMus]
Bachelor of Social Science in Philosophy, Politics and Economics [BSocSc(PPE)]
Bachelor of Social Work [BSW]
DepartmentPostgraduate specialisations
Gender Studies Section*

Tel: 021 650 4207

Fax: 021 685 2142

Website: African Gender Institute

Hons in Gender and Transformation

Research Masters in Gender Studies

PhD in Gender Studies

African Studies Section*

Tel: 021 650 2308

Fax: 021 650 3579

Website: Centre for African Studies

Postgraduate Diploma in African Studies

Hons/Masters in African Studies

Hons/Masters in Heritage and Public Culture

Coursework Masters in African Studies

Research Masters in African Studies

MPhil in Environmental Humanities

PhD in African Studies

Linguistics Section*

Tel: 021 650 2847

Fax: 021 650 3150

Hons/Masters in Linguistics

Research Masters in Linguistics

PhD in Linguistics

Anthropology Section*

Tel: 021 650 3678

Fax: 021 650 2307

Website: Social Anthropology

 

*The above sections fall under the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics

Hons/Masters in Anthropology

Masters in Environmental Humanities

Masters in Practical Anthropology

Research Masters in Social Anthropology

PhD in Anthropology

Archaeology

Tel: 021 650 2353

Fax: 021 650 2352

Website: Archaeology

Hons in Archaeology

Hons in Archaeology & Environmental Science

Research Masters in Archaeology

PhD in Archaeology

Dance

Tel: 021 650 2398

Fax: 021 650 2494

Website: Dance

Hons in Dance Studies

Hons in Choreography

Hons in Performance

Masters in Dance by Choreography

Masters in Dance by Performance & Dissertation

Masters in Dance by Performance & Choreography

Masters in Dance by Choreography & Dissertation

Research Masters in Dance

PhD in Dance

Drama

Tel: 021 480 7121

Fax: 021 480 7106

Website: Drama

Hons in Drama

Masters in Theatre and Performance

Masters in Applied Drama and Theatre Studies

MA in Dramaturgy

MA in Television Production

Research Masters in Drama

PhD in Drama

Economics

Tel: 021 650 2733

Fax: 021 650 2854

Website: Economics

Hons/Masters in Economics

Masters in Applied Economics

Masters in Health Economics

Research Masters in Economics

PhD in Economics

Education

Tel: 021 650 2772

Fax: 021 650 3489

Website: Education

Advanced Certificate in Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Bachelor of Education (Hons)

Postgraduate Diploma in Education specialising in Higher Education Studies

Postgraduate Diploma in Education specialising in Educational Technology

Coursework Masters in:

Adult Education

Curriculum Studies

Education Policy, Leadership and Change

Higher Education Studies

Language and Literacy Studies

Mathematics Education

Primary Education

Science Education

Research Masters in Education

PhD in Education

English Language and Literature

Tel: 021 650 2861

Fax: 021 650 3726

Website: English Literature

Hons in English Studies

Masters in English in Literature and Modernity

Masters in Creative Writing

Research Masters in English Language and Literature

PhD in English Language & Literature

Environmental and Geographical Science

Tel: 021 650 2874

Fax: 021 650 3456

Website: Environmental & Geographical Science

Hons in Environmental and Geographical Studies

Research Masters in Environmental and Geographical Studies

PhD in Environmental and Geographical Studies

Film and Media Studies, Centre for

Tel: 021 650 3373/2852

Fax: 021 650 2854

Website: Centre for Film and Media Studies

Hons in Film and Television Studies

Hons/Masters in Media Theory and Practice

Hons/Masters in Political Communication

Masters in African Cinema

Masters in Documentary Arts

Research Masters in Rhetoric Studies

Masters in Screenwriting

Research Masters in Film Studies or Media Studies

Research Masters in Rhetoric Studies

PhD in Film Studies or Media Studies

PhD in Rhetoric Studies

Fine Art, Michaelis School of

Tel: 021 480 7103

Fax: 021 424 2889

Website: Michaelis School of Fine Art

Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art

Hons in Curatorship

Hons/Masters in Art Historical Studies

MFA in Fine Art

Research Masters in Fine Art

PhD in Fine Art

Historical Studies

Tel: 021 650 2742

Fax: 021 689 7581

Website: Historical Studies

Hons in Historical Studies

Research Masters in Historical Studies

PhD in Historical Studies

Information and Library Studies

Tel: 021 650 3090

Fax: 021 650 4545

Website: Library and Information Studies

Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies (named qualification)

Master of Librarianship & Information Studies (named qualification)

Research Masters in Library and Information Studies (named qualification)

MPhil in Digital Curation

Languages and Literatures, School of

Tel: 021 650 2607

Fax: 021 685 5530

Website: School of Languages and Literatures

Hons/Masters in African Languages and Literatures

Hons/Masters in Afrikaans and Netherlandic Studies

Hons/Masters in Applied Linguistics and African Language

Hons/Masters in Classical Studies

Hons/Masters in French, German, Greek, Italian or Latin

Hons in Teaching French as a Foreign Language

Hons in Spanish

Hons in Arabic

Research Masters in African Languages and Literatures, Afrikaans and Netherlandic Studies, Classical Studies, French, German, Greek, Italian or Latin

PhD in African Languages and Literatures,

Afrikaans and Netherlandic Studies, Classical Studies, French, German, Greek, Italian or Latin

PhD in Jewish Studies

PhD in Spanish

Management Studies, School of

Tel: 021 650 3778

Fax: 021 689 7570

Website: School of Management Studies

Hons/Masters in Organisational Psychology

PhD in Organisational Psychology (by dissertation only)

Music, South African College of

Tel: 021 650 2626

Fax: 021 650 2627

Website: South African College of Music

Postgraduate Diploma in Music in Performance

Hons in Musicology / Composition / Performance

Research MMus

MMus specialising in Performance and Dissertation

MMus specialising in Composition and Dissertation

MMus specialising in Coursework, Performance and Dissertation

MMus specialising in Coursework and Dissertation

PhD in Music

Philosophy

Tel: 021 650 3316

Fax: 021 650 3316

Website: Philosophy

Hons/Masters in Philosophy

Hons/Masters in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Research Masters in Philosophy

PhD in Philosophy

Political Studies

Tel: 021 650 5916

Fax: 021 689 7574

Website: Political Studies

Hons/Masters in:

International Relations

Public Policy and Administration

Justice & Transformation

Politics

Research Masters in Political Studies

PhD in Political Studies

PhD in Public Administration

Psychology

Tel: 021 650 3435

Fax: 021 650 4104

Website: Psychology

Hons in Psychology

Masters in Psychological Research

Masters in Clinical Psychology (named qualification)

Masters in Neuropsychology (named qualification)

Research Masters in Psychology

PhD in Psychology

Public Law

Tel: 021 650 3072

Fax: 021 650 3790

Website: Public Law

Hons in Criminal Justice

Research Masters in Criminology

PhD in Criminology

Religious Studies

Tel: 021 650 5818

Fax: 021 689 7575

Website: Religious Studies

Hons/Masters in Religious Studies

Research Masters in Religious Studies

PhD in Religious Studies

Social Development

Tel: 021 650 3493

Fax: 021 689 2739

Website: Social Development

Hons/Masters in:

Probation and Correctional Practice

Clinical Social Work

Social Development

Social Policy and Management

Research Masters in Social Development

Research Masters in Social Planning and Administration

Research Masters in Social Work

PhD in Social Development

PhD in Social Work

Sociology

Tel: 021 650 3501

Fax: 021 689 7576

Website: Sociology

Hons/Masters in:

Development Studies

Sociology

Industrial Sociology

Masters in Global Studies

Research Masters in Industrial Sociology

Research Masters in Sociology

PhD in Sociology

PhD in Industrial Sociology

University of Cape Town Law Courses

Law Courses

The Law Faculty Handbook is jam-packed with detailed information on course offerings for the academic year.  Each course is described, including the course code, course title, course level, the convenor’s name, entry requirements, DP requirements, and assessment mechanism.  You will find everything you need in this handbook.

Course information is also available for undergraduate and postgraduate students at each of our three departmental sites at www.privatelaw.uct.ac.za and www.commerciallaw.uct.ac.za and www.publiclaw.uct.ac.za, so head over there for department-specific course listings.

One of the Faculty’s highlight courses is the Legal Practice Course (DOL 4500F/S), offered by the UCT Law Clinic – which provides students with insight into, and handson experience with, client case management.

The Legal Practice Course affords students the opportunity of receiving a full credit for community service, in fulfilment of the current LLB curriculum requirements. Many students taking final year courses may be interested in the Legal Practice elective, as an important course for every law student, particularly if you are intending to practice. For those not intending to practice, it is equally important in showing how justice works or does not in our country.

Many of our past students go on to do their articles and have confirmed how this course has helped them.  Watch out for registration alerts towards the end of each year, for the following year’s enrolment.  A fundamental function of the UCT Law Clinic is the excellent practical training it offers to senior law students through the Legal Practice Course (DOL 4500F/S).

University of Cape Town Science Courses

The Faculty offers a single undergraduate degree – the Bachelor of Science (BSc) which is typically a three year qualification leading to two majors. The courses offered that will lead to a major comprise a mixture of lectures, tutorials, practicals and field work, depending on the specific discipline. During the course of your studies you will thus gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of your chosen subjects. For those wanting a broader based education, Faculty rules permit a student to combine a major from another faculty with one from Science.

There are two routes to completing the BSc degree
Studies in the mathematical and scientific disciplines are challenging, and the pace of learning differs dramatically from high school. No-one likes to fail, and our experience shows that achieving success requires each student to choose the right courses and the right course load in each year – so that sufficient time is available to understand and master the material.

All first year students in the Science Faculty choose an initial selection of courses, and will then be assessed in each course after the first 6 weeks. They will then be guided on the best plan for their degree. Some will remain in a curriculum which will lead to a BSc in 3 years. Others will be advised, in consultation with Student Advisers, to spread their load over 4 years by changing to the Extended Degree Programme (EDP).

Majors offered by the Science Faculty are as follows:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Archaeology
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science, Computer Engineering & Business Computing*
  • Environmental & Geographical Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Ocean & Atmosphere Science
  • Physics
  • Quantitative Biology

 

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