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1.       Entrance requirements

An HEQSF level 8 qualification in Accounting and/or Finance or an HEQSF level 8 qualification with relevant work experience in Accounting and/or Finance.

Candidates may be required to present themselves for an interview.

2.       Programme outline

The qualification is part-time by coursework and a minor dissertation (60 credit)or an option to complete a 90 credit minor dissertation.

The focus of this qualification is on real world applications and the qualification will enhance the skills required for leadership in accounting and corporate governance decision making.

Specific theoretical applications include all areas of accounting, including corporate reporting, integrated reporting, corporate governance, risk management and corporate financial analysis.

3.       Duration

The degree is a part-time, two-year programme run residentially in Cape Town for the first year, with the majority of seminars on Monday evenings from 6 to 9pm (some seminars may take place on another day in the week). Students will be allowed up to three years to complete the degree.

4.       Prescribed curriculum structure

Minimum numberof credits required is 180.

Course code and name

NQF Credits


Year 1



ACC5023H Financial and External Reporting



ACC5020H Corporate Financial Analysis



ACC5025H Corporate Governance and Risk Management






Year 2






ACC5001H Topics in Accounting and Governance or an approved elective



ACC5051W Minor dissertation (60 credits)









ACC5050W Minor dissertation (90 credits)




Course convener: Mark Graham

Course outline:

The aim of this course is to enable students to; develop insights into the way in which financial reporting standards are developed and the current status of International Financial Reporting Standards, develop and implement accounting policies where the standards are silent and critically discuss the financial reporting requirements of various entities. Furthermore by the end of this course, students should be able to prepare and critically evaluate integrated report as well as other external reports that a Chief Finance Officer may be required to produce.


Course convener: Carlos Correia


The aim of the course is to enable students to develop key insights into strategy, financial analysis, forecasting, financial modelling, valuations and credit analysis. The focus is on decision making in the real world and students are placed in business situations, which require a decision. Students will be required to analyse South African, USA, UK and Australian companies.  Students will be required to employ financial analysis to evaluate mergers and acquisitions as well undertake financial analysis of selected industry sectors.  Students will also be introduced to value investing strategies, investor sentiment and financial metrics.


Course convener: Goolam Modack

Course outline:

This course will enable students to design and implement the entity’s governance structure through critical analysis of effective leadership, the role of the company secretary, directors’remuneration, taxation, responsible investment and the management of risk.


Course convener: Gizelle Willows

Course outline:

Students are required to attend a research methodology course which runs parallel to the first year coursework modules (i.e. ACC5020H, ACC5023H and ACC5025H). During this time the research proposal will be written, under the guidance of a supervisor, and presented to various faculty members. The aim of this course is to equip students with a range of skills to prepare them for writing their dissertation. The dissertation will focus on one of the broad topics of accounting and finance. The research should be well-conceived and acknowledge earlier research in the field. It should show the ability to undertake informed investigation, and demonstrate the ability to collect, organize and analyse data. The dissertation proposal will require course convener and supervisor approval. A student will register for this course at the beginning of the second year, and will not be permitted to submit the dissertation until such time that the coursework component is completed.


Course convener: Shaun Parsons

To obtain a credit for this course students must complete or have completed and passed UCT’s Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Professional Programme or equivalent.

The College’s APC Professional Programme prepares candidates for sitting the SAICA’s APC, which is the final professional examination that must be written in order to qualify as a CA(SA). The programme includes weekly online learning, the facilitation of regular group work, and periodic classroom lectures. It focuses on the integration of university content into real-world contexts, case study preparation, and multiple case study writing opportunities. The programme culminates in a final case study assessment, the successful completion of which entitles candidates to sit the SAICA APC.

This course can be exchanged for any UCT 4000/5000 level course approved by the Programme Convenor and subject to meeting relevant course pre-requisites and approval from the Course Convenor.