Increase your knowledge of selected areas of Accounting and Finance. This programme is typically aimed at Mcom graduates.


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. 

Entry Requirements


  • A masters degree or an equivalent qualification from Wits University or another university.
  • A supervisor from the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management must be identified and approached prior to application.

In order to be registered for the degree, it is necessary to prepare an initial research proposal (typically 2 000 - 3 000 words) This proposal should clearly delineate the research problem, indicate the literature to be reviewed and present ideas on the methodology to be pursued. In addition, the contribution to knowledge of the research should be argued. This initial proposal will be scrutinized for suitability and a willing and able supervisor sought. After an initial review, the Higher Degrees Committee of the Faculty will inform the student whether he/she will proceed with the research.

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.

International students, please check this section.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at

University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees site also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

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.