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

The Programme is recommended for professionals in the Shipping Industry, including professionals consulting in International Trade Departments in Law and Accounting Firms, Customs and Excise professionals, and various public sector professionals involved in transport.


Course content
The Programme consists of six modules and a mini dissertation (20 000-word research project) with two compulsory modules, namely Analysis of Sea Freight Markets, International Business Transactions in Shipping and a core module in Research Methodology.

The balance of the required coursework modules may be selected from a number of electives from a broad spread of modules in Shipping Law, Maritime & Port Economics, and Customs and Excise. Students may select freely across elective

Application Process
Application Fees for South African and 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

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Professor of Maritime Study
– Maritime Journalist
– Harbor/Port Management
– Marine Resource Management
– Coast Guard Officer

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Tuition Fees for South African and 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