Describes the procedure for applying to do honours.
Honours is a specialized year of full-time study undertaken after the three year Bachelors degree. It is the culmination of a professional qualification in Computer Science and accredited as such by the British Computer Society (the degree provides full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accreditation for those students who have also completed their undergraduate study in the department). The degree also prepares students for further research and masters and doctoral study. Further details of this year's course can be found on our Teaching page. The rules and requirements for the course can by found in the Computer Science Honours Handbook 2013.
All prospective students have to do two things:
- Apply to the Department using the departmental application forms below. This form should be sent to Mrs Salegga Valley (dept at cs dot uct dot ac dot za). The closing date is 15 October 2013.
- Apply on the University's central applications system. The closing date for applications for 2013 is 30 September 2013.
Departmental Application Forms
- Internal students (that is, those who have completed their Bachelor degree in our Department)
- should complete the Internal Application Form (MS Word Version). Please read the instructions carefully: some students will have to submit a motivation letter.
- External Students (that is, students who have Bachelor's degrees from other universities)
- should complete the External Application Form (MS Word Version). All such students will also have to submit a letter of motivation. Students should ensure that Mrs Valley has all outstanding results for their Bachelor Degree by 25 November 2013, if they were unable to supply these at the time of application.
Outcome of Application and Registration
Applicants will be notified of the result of their application by 2 December 2013. We cannot make results known before then since we have to evaluate the pool of applicants as a whole. Students have to be present at the University on the first day of lectures for honours which will be 27th January in 2014. Registration will take place then and courses start immediately. It is not possible to delay the start of the course. The South African academic year coincides with the calendar year and the course will end by the last week of November.
UCT has information on funding for postgraduate students. Please download the latest funding booklet (2014). UCT may have internal funding for honours students but it is only available to those who have applied to the NRF first. The honours year is an intensive one and it is impossible to combine it with outside work.
Students who need a study visa for South Africa should get all the documents and requirements ready before the end of November. You must get this visa before leaving your home country at the nearest South African embassy, consulate or high commission. Please apply immediately upon hearing of your acceptance.
While a visa can be obtained in about two weeks from South African embassies that is only the case if all clearances, documents and health checks are in order, so this must all be done well in advance. It should also be borne in mind that the latter half of December is the start of the holiday period in South Africa; while in the new year, due to the pressure of late applicants, the process may take longer.
Useful websites with further information are:
- Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page and if that does not help then you can contact the Honours Course Coordinator.