Masters in Information Technology

Applications for MIT for 2020 are closed. Applications for 2021 will open around April 2020 and will close on 30 September 2020.

The MIT degree is by coursework and research, using mainly self-study materials for the coursework – with no lectures. It is a two-year conversion programme aimed at students without a degree in computer science or information technology/systems, and may also be done part-time over three years.

The ideal candidate for this programme is someone who uses information technology in his or her job, but who has no formal university qualification in IT. A non-­IT honours degree, or equivalent, is the minimum requirement for entry into the MIT course.

Entry requirements: The Masters in Information Technology by Coursework and Dissertation is a conversion course designed for those with a degree in a non-IT field to attain a strong background and a qualification in Information Technology. This course follows a Bachelor Honours or equivalent in any non-IT degree.

All admissions decisions are at the discretion of the university.

Progression: Students should pass a minimum of three courses each year. Should a student fail any course on the second attempt, they will not be allowed to continue with their studies. Students are eligible to register for CSC5004W once they have passed 7 of the 8 courses.

The Computer Science Postgraduate Handbook for 2020 will be available early in 2020. For now, more details can be found in the Computer Science Postgraduate Handbook for 2019.

Send an email to the MIT course convenor for further information.


Click here for more information on the various courses.

What you need to know to apply

Note: If any of your previous degrees are in computer science, the MIT degree is not for you. Please consult the postgraduate degree information more options on postgraduate study. 

The MIT programme comprises two components. The first is coursework (courses with assignments and exams), which can be done in a single year but is best done over two years (four modules per year) if you are a part-time student. The second component is a minor dissertation, done in the final year. Students do not need to be resident in Cape Town for this degree, as the coursework is online and all work is submitted online. However, students are expected to come to UCT for exams at the end of each semester.

Past minor dissertation topics include:

The MIT degree is open to students with the equivalent of a South African Honours degree (SAQA level 8) who have NOT taken computing or IT subjects in their previous degrees. Level 8 SAQA is typically attained after passing 4 years of university degree studies, and certainly never any fewer than 4 years of university degree studies. There are no other specific requirements for applicants.

In certain cases, applicants with only a 3-year degree at SAQA level 7 (but this excludes a BTech) can apply via the Recognition of Prior Learning (ROPL) route. But this is only possible if they can show that in the course of their work experience they have produced, on their own, a document similar to an IT Honours project.


Fees for individual courses are listed in the fees handbook, published each year. Relevant courses include CSC5010Z - CSC5017Z (coursework year(s)), and CSC5004W (dissertation year).

Annual fee increases, international fees, and registration fees will also apply. Please consult directly with the Fees Office and/or the International office for any questions.


UCT has information on funding for postgraduate students. Please download the latest funding booklet. UCT may have internal funding for honours students, but it is only available to those who have applied to the NRF first.

Information about some other postgraduate scholarships can be found at:

MIT students have in the past qualified for scholarships during their dissertation year.


  • You do not need to have IT work experience to register for the Conversion Masters in Information Technology.
  • Assignment submission is not a problem if you are outside Cape Town, as long as you have Internet access. You obtain all your assignment questions on the Internet and submit all your assignment solutions via the Internet as well. We have a Sakai tool for this which we also use for chat room and forum support of each other during the year.
  • If you have a degree in Informatics or Information Systems you do not qualify for this degree, as this is a Conversion Masters. It is only available to people with a degree in a non-computing field.
  • If your previous degree is a BSc or a BSc Hons or a BSc Eng, then you will obtain an MSc(IT) on successfully completing the degree.  Otherwise you will obtain an MPhil(IT).
  • MIT students do not need to submit a research proposal as they must first complete the coursework before they can move on to the minor dissertation. For your dissertation work, we do not guarantee that you will be able to work on the topic of your choice. You will be expected to contribute to projects specified by our research staff. For more information please consult the staff web pages to learn more about their research and available topics.
  • This is a non-resident course, and international students are not required to provide proof of insurance or a student visa.  All assignments and teaching material will be available online. You will, however, be required to be in Cape Town for examinations at the end of each semester.
  • All students have access to university resources, including the library (both digital and brick) and computing labs.  Students may also elect to sit in on computer science courses.
  • It is not possible to enrol in this course mid-year.
  • We are unable to admit applicants without prior degrees or with BTech only, even if they are experienced IT professionals. In these cases we suggest pursuing a Bachelors in IT, IS or CS, or in some cases, a Postgraduate Diploma.  Please keep in mind that a PGDip in an IT-related field will disqualify you from this program.

How to apply

1. Apply on the University of Cape Town's central applications system for the appropriate degree:

  • Level of Qualification: Masters
  • Faculty: Science

2. Apply to the CS Department by following this link:

Note: A research proposal is NOT required until coursework is complete.

Academic Qualification:
If your previous degree is in the Science Faculty, then choose Master of Science (by coursework & dissertation)(90 Crsewrk/90 diss)

If your previous degree is not in the Science Faculty, then choose Master of Philosophy (by coursework & dissertation)(90 Crsewrk/90 diss)

Specialisation or Major: Information Technology (do NOT choose Computer Science)