WPCS 2.1.5
Tuition Fees:$2,078 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Master of Accountancy
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Campus:Pietermaritzburg campus
Course Type:Master by Coursework
Application Deadline: 30 November 2021
Programme Overview

This programme provides students with high-order skills developed through critical thinking and research in Accountancy as well as skills acquired through participating in coursework modules. The programme aims to produce a cadre of effective and skilled researchers in Accountancy. South Africa seeks to become a knowledge-driven economy.

So this programme’s purpose is to contribute in generating and/or broadening the knowledge base in the area of accountancy in order influence discipline-related standards, policies and practices. It entails developing questions of interest to policy makers/practitioners and business managers and, based on empirical evidence, formulate the answers to these questions.

The research process under the programme culminate in the final mini-report in the form of a dissertation in the traditional book format or by publication. Under this programme, students will have to complete compulsory coursework modules (Presentation of Financial Statements, Research Methodology, Reporting Financial Performance, and Reporting Financial Position) and an approved research dissertation in financial accounting. The degree will equip the candidate with the knowledge and the skills necessary for employment in the academic, accounting and financial management fields and services.


– ACCT8FS Presentation of Financial Statements (16 credit points
– ACCT8RM Research Methodology (16 credit points)
– ACCT8FP Reporting Financial Performance (32 credit points)
– ACCT8RP Reporting Financial Position (32 credit points)
– ACCT8FD Masters Research Dissertation (96 credit points)

Admission Requirements

Minimum Requirements:
– To have honours level in accounting or Postgraduate Diploma in Accountings (NQF8) or an equivalent qualification; and
– To have achieved a minimum aggregate mark of 55% at Honours level, or at a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting or an equivalent qualification (NQF8

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $28
Application Fees for International Students: $128

How to Apply:
1. Applications to study must be made in the prescribed manner via the Central Applications Office (, and must include presentation of the Matriculation Certificate where specified.

2. An applicant who has studied at any other tertiary education institution must, in addition, present an academic record and a certificate of conduct from that institution.

3. For new admissions:

• APS (Accumulated points score)

• Selections are processed on a sliding scale, on academic merit, with the minimum as per subject requirements.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme eligible to work as:
– Accounting lecturer and/or researcher
– Consultants in accountancy, finance or insurance
– Data or financial risk analyst
– International staff in multilateral organisation dealing with financial issues (International Monetary Fund, World Bank, United Nations Development programme, African development Bank)
– Economic analyst in local and international political organisations (United Nations, SADC, COMESA, ANC, DA etc)
– Market research analyst
– Investment, credit and policy analyst
– Public servant ( Ministry of Finance, Reserve Bank, Ministry of Planning )

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,078
Tuition Fees for International Students: $14,961

South African students pay R34,466 per year as tuition fees
International Students pay R248,095 per year as tuition fees

Students from SADC countries pay local tuition fees plus a levy of R3400 (R1800 per semester)

Application fee:

All students from SADC and other African countries pay: R470

All students from outside of Africa: U$146

Students from within Africa but outside SADC and from the rest of the world are required to pay US $ 14 535.00 per annum; i.e. U$ 6 895.00 per semester (first or second) inclusive of the international levy, where registration is required for one semester only to complete a qualification.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Mabutho Sibanda
Dean, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
College of Law and Management Studies
For Enquiries at this College
Applications and Information Office
Responsible for Admissions Enquiries