For the Masters by Coursework and Dissertation, applications for 2020 are now closed. Applications for 2021 will open around April 2020 and will close on 30 September 2020. Applications for the Masters by Dissertation do not have a closing date. Please see below for instructions on how to apply.
The Masters programmes in Computers Science involve two years of full-time study undertaken after completion of an Honours degree in Computer Science. Admission is competitive, not guaranteed, and is primarily on the basis of academic results. It is designed to provide students with the professional basis for a career path in the computer industry, and/or to enable them to embark upon a research programme at Doctoral level.
There are two possibilities:
The Masters by Coursework and Dissertation involves a first year of coursework and a second year during which a mini-dissertation is completed. It is a full-time degree with no part-time options offered. Find out more about the courses.
The Masters by Dissertation involves two years of research during which a dissertation is completed. To be accepted for this programme, the student must already have identified a supervisor who is willing and able to take them on as a student.
If you need information in addition to the information contained on this page, please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator (pgcoordinator at cs dot uct dot ac dot za).
Masters by Coursework and Dissertation
In the first year of study, a student completes coursework totalling 90 credits, comprising a compulsory course in Research Methods (18 credits) and six elective courses (12 credits each). The coursework year is a year of full-time intensive work and it is impossible to combine it with outside work. At the beginning of the second year of study, once they have passed the required coursework, a student enrols for the mini-dissertation component. The degree has been completed once a student has passed both the coursework and the mini-dissertation component.
The coursework aims to provide students with an overview of those fields of Computer Science in which the department conducts research:
Research Methods (compulsory)
Computational Geometry for 3D Printing
Databases for Data Scientists
Distributed Scientific Computing
Introduction to ICT for Development
Introduction to Image Processing and Computer Vision
Logics for Artificial Intelligence
Multi-Dimensional Data Visualization
Networks and Internet Systems
Upon successful completion of the coursework component, students will be required to register for the mini-dissertation component and complete a suitable research project under supervision of an appropriate computer science academic staff member. The research component will expose the student to research methodology, experimental design, data analysis techniques, and dissertation writing skills. Students should be in a position to submit the final dissertation before the end of the second year.
Applications for 2021 are now open and will close on 30 September 2020. You will be notified of the outcome of your application about a month after that.
Masters by Dissertation
This degree comprises an investigation of an approved topic chosen for intensive study by the student, culminating in the submission of a dissertation. The dissertation will demonstrate the successful completion of a programme of training in research methods, a thorough understanding of the scientific principles underlying the research and an appropriate acquaintance with the relevant literature. It must be clearly presented and conform to the standards of the department and faculty. The dissertation will usually consist of a report detailing the conduct, and analysis of the results of, research performed under the close guidance of a suitably qualified supervisor(s).
The dissertation should be well-conceived and acknowledge earlier research in the field. It should demonstrate the ability to undertake a substantial and informed piece of research, and to collect, organise and analyse material.
How to apply
In order to be accepted for a Masters by Dissertation in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town, you must first identify a supervisor who is willing to take you on.
Please look at the list of academic staff members in Computer Science and contact individuals in your area of interest. Please, only contact staff if you are interested in working in their research area. Blanket emails across the entire department are ignored and deleted.
Once you have identified a potential supervisor who is willing to supervise you, please complete the following steps: