PhD In Tax

PhD In Tax


About the programme

Who is in charge?

The PhD in Taxation programme are convened by Associate Professor Craig West.

Do I qualify?

A suitable degree at Masters level. Acceptance onto the programme is dependent on a research proposal being approved and the availability of a supervisor. Provisional candidates will be required to present the proposal to the Departmental PhD Committee, which will decide whether the student's PhD candidacy can be confirmed. The proposal has to be presented within 6 months of first registration.

How much will it cost?

The provisional course fees are listed on the individual course sites (see links below)‚ but the information may also be found in the Fee Handbook available at:

General costs

FTX6001W – R16,520

(+- 10% increase each year)

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. 

Programme start date and overall duration

Once an offer has been made you are able to register. International students need to comply with national regulations for visas etc before they are cleared for registration. Registration with the faculty office is an annual requirement. (You are also liable for fees every year.) You may register as from 2 January annually, but need not renew your registration the start of each new academic year (mid-Feb). As your access to funding and physical access to the library and labs etc are determined by your registration status, you must follow the directions (from your faculty office) for renewing your registration.

The annual registration also requires the submission of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which sets out the expectations of both supervisor and student for the year. It is against this that your progress is assessed annually. Unbroken registration must be maintained from the first registration until graduation. If for exceptional circumstances your studies are interrupted, you may apply for leave of absence - this is at the faculty’s discretion 

What will I do on the programme?

A PhD thesis is required to be an original‚ coherent and consistent body of work which reflects the candidate’s own efforts. The thesis may not be more than 80‚000 words. A candidate will undertake research‚ and such advanced study as may be required, under the guidance of a supervisor or supervisors appointed by Senate.

Paper requirements to graduate

At the conclusion of research, the candidate shall submit a thesis for examination. This will occur after receiving an indication from the supervisor that the thesis is acceptable for submission. However, a candidate is barred from submission without the supervisor's approval. The candidate must inform the Doctoral Degrees Board Officer in writing of his/her intention.

The final dates for submission of such notification for the purpose of graduation are:

  • 10 January for persons hoping to graduate in June
  • 20 June for persons hoping to graduate in December

The dates for submission of theses are:

  • 15 February for persons hoping to graduate in June 2018
  • 15 August for persons hoping to graduate in December 2018


Any conflict between information on this site and the Faculty Handbook‚ Fees Booklet or official correspondence from UCT will result in such handbooks or correspondence taking precedence.