• How has COVID-19 impacted the 2020 AOS course?

    Due to national lockdown, the AOS lectures on campus have been adapted online. The course timeline has been adapted accordingly and lecturers have created dedicated online content ensuring the learning of the AOS students. Thanks to the UCT online platform VULA, the AOS students have been able to access data-free video-calls and a wide range of resources provided by the lecturers.   

  • How does the mini dissertation component work? 

    During the first three to four months of the course you will have time to decide on a project for the minidissertation component of the course. A list of potential UCT supervisors and their fields of research will be provided to you. You may register for the dissertation component of the course in either the departments of Biological Sciences, Oceanography or Environmental and Geographical Sciences. It is your responsibility to find a suitable project and we suggest you start setting up meetings with potential supervisors sooner rather than later. 

  • Beyond the AOS coursework and dissertation, will I be exposed to other aspects of research?

    During your training, you will be exposed to various guest lectures and potential field trips, which would be compulsory to attend or highly recommended. From the SANCOR seminars on Mondays to the Marine Chatties on Fridays, you will be given the opportunity to expand your learning and network with colleagues and international visiting researchers. 

  • I'm an international student. What do I need to do before I register? 

    All international students are required to go through a clearance/pre-registration process with the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) BEFORE faculty registration. International students cannot register with their faculties without clearance from IAPO. For pre-registration, you need to produce your passport with your valid UCT study permit, proof of medical insurance/aid and proof of payment of your fees. The student will be provided with an “International Students Pre-Registration” form from IAPO. This document must be submitted along with the registration forms to the Postgraduate Officer – Faculty of Science. The registrations of international students will not be approved without these documents, nor will they be approved unless the necessary fee payments have been made. Any queries should be directed to IAPO at +27 21 650 2822 or intiapo@uct.ac.za.

    In addition to standard tuition fees, all non-SADC international students are required to pay a non-refundable service administration fee (see section below). Students enrolling for Master’s degrees by coursework and minor dissertation are also charged an International Term Fee (ITF). The Faculty offers a Faculty International Student Bursaries (FISB) to deserving international Master’s students registering for the degree by coursework and minor dissertation. Further details and application forms are available from the supervisor or the Postgraduate Administrator in the Faculty Office.

    Please contact the International Programmes Office at UCT for details on visa’s and additional registration requirements: http://www.iapo.uct.ac.za

  • What are the funding/bursaries/scholarships opportunities within UCT?

    For details on available bursaries, please visit the UCT Funding Office click here. Some funding opportunities exist within departments, however these will only be communicated to you (if they are available in 2021) once you commence the course.

  • How do I find accommodation? 

    UCT is situated in the suburb of Rondebosch in Cape Town. Student accommodation is commonly available in and around the following suburbs: Rondebosch, Claremont, Rosebank, Observatory, Woodstock, Kenilworth. Further afield some students and staff live in Muizenberg (southern suburbs of Cape Town) where there is a fairly reliable train service to reach UCT. Limited accommodation is also available in some of the UCT student residences.

    Useful places to look for accommodation include:

  • What are the modes of transport at UCT? 

    The Jammie Shuttle

    Jammie Shuttle UCT has a free shuttle service for students and staff of UCT. Please visit the website to determine the routes. It is useful to live within walking distance of the Jammie route if you do not have a car.


    Parking on campus Students who own cars need to purchase a parking disc from the traffic department once they have been registered: click here

    Other modes of transports

    Visit this page here for other modes of transports. 


For any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.