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Applying to do an Honours Degree in Computer Science at UCT.

1.           Honours in CS/IT at UCT

Honours is a specialized year of full-time study undertaken after the three year Bachelor degree.

The Honours degree in a full-time degree, with no part-time options offered at all. Honours is a year of intensive work and it is impossible to combine it with outside work.

The Honours course is convened by Assoc. Prof. Michelle Kuttel .

The rules and requirements for the course can by found in the Science Faculty Handbook.

1.            Applications

All prospective students have to do two things :

  1. Apply to the Department using the departmental application form.  The form for 2020 will be availabel shortly.

The closing date for departmental applications for CS/IT Honours in 2020  is  30 September 2019 

  1. Apply on the University's central applications system. The closing date for applications to the Faculty for Honours in 2020 is  31 October 2015.

2.            Departmental Application Forms

Will be available shortly.

3.            Outcome of Application and Registration

Applicants will be notified of the result of their application in December 2020.

Students have to be present at the University on the first day of lectures for Honours, which is in early February  (exact date depends on the year). Registration 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.

4.            Funding

UCT has information on funding for postgraduate students. Please download the latest funding booklet. UCT may have internal funding for honours students, but it is only available to those who have applied to the NRF first. 

5.            Foreign Students

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. 


6.            More Questions?

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. If that does not help, contact the Honours Course Coordinator ( Assoc. Prof. Michelle Kuttel ).


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