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Law Research Degrees - Admission

Master of Laws by dissertation

Candidates for the LLM may qualify for admission provided that they have:

  • a law degree of the University or equivalent degrees from another university recognised by Senate for this purpose, or
  • in any other manner attained a level of competence which, in the opinion of Senate (which acts on recommendation by the Law Faculty), is adequate for purposes of admission.

The same rules apply to the MPhil, with the exception that candidates may qualify if they have an honours degree from UCT or another university recognised by Senate.

Doctoral degrees

Candidates for the PhD may qualify for admission if they have:

  • a masters degree
  • an honours degree, or a four-year bachelor's degree, plus at least one year's registration for a masters degree
  • a three year bachelor's degree plus at least two years registration for a masters degree
  • an LLB or BProc degree (or any qualification recognised as being the equivalent)
  • in special circumstances, an approved bachelor's degree or qualification recognised as equivalent.

Candidates for the LLD may qualify for admission if they have produced a substantial and original body of work that has already been published. The work must be of such a quality as to establish the candidate as the leading authority in the field.


Applications for 2019 are now open.

  • An advert detailing the areas of specialisation available in 2019 will be published shortly.

The following documentation should be submitted online

brief CVs

transcripts of their qualifications (unless they are UCT graduates)

 the names and email addresses of two academic referees

       three to four page statements of the topics they wish to research. A statement of interest form is available here.

The closing date for applications is 31 August 2018.  

All queries should be referred to Patricia Phillips on 021 650 5409.