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Masters in Computer Science by Dissertation (CSC5000W)

In rare and exceptional cases, a student may be admitted to the MSc by dissertation only program with explicit approval of the Head of Department. In this case, the student must already have identified a supervisor who is willing and able to take them on as a student.

Please look at the list of academic staff and contact individuals in your area of interest. Please, only contact staff if you are interested in working in their research area. Blanket emails across the entire department are ignored and deleted.

Once you have identified a potential supervisor who is willing to supervise you, the supervisor will then have to write a letter of motivation to the Head of Department and cc the Postgraduate Coordinator (pgcoordinator at cs dot uct dot ac dot za) for conditional approval. If you completed an Honours degree in Computer Science at UCT between 2014 and 2017, the conditional approval will be automatic. If conditional approval is obtained, your supervisor has to confirm this via email to the Postgraduate Coordinator (pgcoordinator at cs dot uct dot ac dot za). You may then proceed with the formal application and registration process.

Please note: Do NOT initiate the formal application and registration process before following the steps mentioned above. Such applications will be declined.

The formal application process

Details about the application process can be found here:

Note that the Department only provides conditional approval. Final approval is obtained on Faculty level.

If the Faculty approves your application, you will be notified. You should then inform the Postgraduate Coordinator by email: pgcoordinator at cs dot uct dot ac dot za. Your email should include your student number (also known as your campus ID).

You may then proceed with the formal registration process.

The formal registration process

Details about the formal registration process can be found here:

First, you and supervisor need to sign and complete the Memorandum of Understanding, and your supervisor needs to sign the curriculum form. Note that, in addition to the forms the Faculty requires you to complete upon registration, there is also a departmental addendum you and your supervisor need to sign. The addendum is available in PDF and DOCX format.

Once these documents have been signed and completed, you need to get the signature of the Postgraduate Coordinator on the curriculum form and the Memorandum of Understanding. To do so, send (signed and completed) electronic copies of the documents to the Postgraduate Coordinator (pgcoordinator at cs dot uct dot ac dot za), who will sign them and email them back to you.

Please ensure that all the relevant documents are signed and completed in full before sending them to the Postgraduate Coordinator. Failure to do so may delay the registration process.

Once the Postgraduate Coordinator has signed the documents, you can either email them to Shahieda Samsodien in the Faculty Office, or deliver them in person at the Faculty Office. Your registration will only be accepted once all the documents have been completed.

last modified 2018-09-27 15:28