BCom Hons Accountancy
From 2012, the School will be offering an Honours programme in Accounting, allowing students to obtain a post-graduate qualification.
The Honours programme in Accountancy is targeted at students who have completed the BCom Accountancy undergraduate course and who wish to study further at a post-graduate level. Topics covered include the objectives and constraints of financial reporting, accounting standards, qualitative characteristics, the problem of measurement, non-financial information, creative accounting, the role of the auditor, fundamental analysis and predicting corporate failure. The Honours programme opens the way for students to pursue a Masters qualification.
Higher Diploma in Accountancy (HDipAcc)
The Higher Diploma in Accountancy is required by students who wish to become chartered accountants. A one-year post-graduate programme, it is embarked upon once students have completed their undergraduate Bachelor of Accounting Science (BAccSci). Successful completion of the HDipAcc means students are eligible to write the qualifying examinations for the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), required to become a CA.
Master of Commerce in Taxation (MCom Taxation)
The Master of Commerce in Taxation provides students with a sophisticated understanding of the general principles of domestic and international taxation. Comprising five coursework modules and an independent research report, it is designed to expose students to the rigorous academic challenges of tax law and give them the opportunity to examine the areas of fiscal theory and practice in which they are particularly interested. When completed, students will have a mastery of tax law, its practice, ethics and subtleties. Classes are relatively small (generally not more than 15 students), but candidates receive training in advanced research technologies, including tax research on the Internet.
Master of Commerce in Accountancy (MCom Accountancy)
The MCom Accountancy provides post-graduate students with the opportunity to enhance their career, further their knowledge and become a specialist in their particular field. It is also a degree that candidates may want to consider if they are exploring the possibility of pursuing an academic career. It comprises seven coursework modules, which count towards 50% of the degree, and a research report that counts a further 50%.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The PhD programme is typically aimed at MCom graduates who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding in selected areas of accounting and finance. The PhD is awarded on the basis of a thesis only. This thesis must constitute a substantial contribution to the advancement of new knowledge in the subject chosen as such, the degree demands the capacity to pursue independent research and analysis at the highest level.