Accounting Science

This programme includes four core subjects and a research focussed module. The core subjects included are: Auditing, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Finance, and Taxation.


Available to existing Wits students who graduate at Wits with a Bachelor of Accounting Science and then enrol for BAccSc(Hons) directly thereafter. External candidates usually only qualify for the PG Diploma in Accountancy.

This degree is aimed at prospective CA(SA) students that wish to differentiate themselves by including a research component in their studies. The research component is housed in one of three areas (accounting, finance or taxation) and introduces students to academic research in their selected subject area. Students are introduced to academic theory, how to find and use academic articles and theories to address a specific research objective/question, and how to write a formal academic research article or dissertation.

The research component includes lectures, assignments and a mini-research dissertation or article. The component is typically structured such that all assignments and lectures are complete by block 3 so that students can concentrate on their core 4 subjects leading up to the SAICA Board exams in the following year.


Core courses

Students take the following four mandatory courses:

  • Financial Accounting IV
  • Taxation IV
  • Auditing IV,
  • Management Accounting and Finance IV

Research component

In addition to completing the four core courses students must select one of the following three fields for their research component:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Taxation 

Note: To successfully complete the degree, all courses must be passed in the same academic year.

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor of Accounting Science attained from Wits.

Additional entry requirements may apply.

University Application Process

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

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University Fees and Funding

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For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.