About the programme
Who is in charge?
The Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Finance programme is convened by Dr Francois Toerien.
Do I qualify?
the programme must meet the basic entrance requirements, being a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with major in Finance
or Investment Science. Selection will be on the basis of academic performance and
the University’s equity policy. As a general rule, a minimum of 65% in the
major subjects would be expected, but this does not necessarily guarantee
acceptance to the programme, which also depends on capacity and the quality of
How much will it cost?
provisional course fees are listed in the Fees Handbook
available at: http://www.uct.ac.za/apply/fees
How do I apply?
Click here to be directed straight to the UCT Online Application page.
By when must I apply?
Closing dates appear on the UCT Online Application page and are generally 31 October of the year preceding the start of the programme i.e.31 October 2014 if you want to start the course in 2015.
What will I do on the programme?
The qualification would prepare students for
participation in the Finance Industry or for entry to further academic
development in Finance by exposing them to advanced issues in Finance from both
practical and theoretical perspectives. As well as mainstream asset classes
they will also become familiar with various alternative investments.
Offered over 1 year of full-time study. Classes commence in February
Prescribed curriculum/programme structure:
Code Course Name NQF
Credits HEQSF Level
Investments 18 8
Corporate Finance 18 8
Research Project 36 8
Investments 18 8
Approved electives at NQF level 8 or
How am I assessed?
Students must pass every course with at
least 50% to qualify. General tests, tutorials and assignments during the year
will be weighted 40-50% of the final year mark (as per the departmental
What happens if I fail a course?
Students will not be allowed to repeat
core (non-elective) courses. A student whose research report is given a mark of
less than 50%, but who is allowed to make changes to the dissertation and
resubmit it, will be awarded a maximum mark of 50%.
Can I get a distinction?
Students with an overall weighted
average of at least 75%, and a subminimum of 70% for FTX4051H, will be awarded
the degree “in the first class”.
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