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Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (Finance)
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Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (Finance)

About the programme

Who is in charge?

The Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Finance programme is convened by Dr Francois Toerien.

Do I qualify?

Applicants to the programme must meet the basic entrance requirements, being a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with major in Finance or Investment Science. Selection will be on the basis of academic performance and the University’s equity policy. As a general rule, a minimum of 65% in the major subjects would be expected, but this does not necessarily guarantee acceptance to the programme, which also depends on capacity and the quality of competing applications.

How much will it cost?

The provisional course fees are listed in the Fees Handbook available at: http://www.students.uct.ac.za/students/fees-funding/fees/handbook

How do I apply?

Click here to be directed straight to the UCT Online Application page.

By when must I apply?

Closing dates appear on the UCT Online Application page and are generally 31 October of the year preceding the start of the programme i.e.31 October 2014 if you want to start the course in 2015.

What will I do on the programme?

Qualification outline:

The qualification would prepare students for participation in the Finance Industry or for entry to further academic development in Finance by exposing them to advanced issues in Finance from both practical and theoretical perspectives. As well as mainstream asset classes they will also become familiar with various alternative investments. 


Offered over 1 year of full-time study. Classes commence in February

Prescribed curriculum/programme structure:

Course Code  Course Name         NQF Credits HEQSF Level
FTX4056F Applied Investments  18 8
FTX4057S Applied Corporate Finance 18 8
FTX4051H Finance Research Project 36 8
FTX4086F Alternative Investments 18 8
Approved electives at NQF level 8 or above         30  

How am I assessed?

Students must pass every course with at least 50% to qualify. General tests, tutorials and assignments during the year will be weighted 40-50% of the final year mark (as per the departmental entries).

What happens if I fail a course?

Students will not be allowed to repeat core (non-elective) courses. A student whose research report is given a mark of less than 50%, but who is allowed to make changes to the dissertation and resubmit it, will be awarded a maximum mark of 50%. 

Can I get a distinction?

Students with an overall weighted average of at least 75%, and a sub minimum of 70% for FTX4051H, will be awarded the degree “in the first class”.


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