UCT Department of Commercial Law Courses Offered

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UCT Department of Commercial Law Courses Offered

UCT Department of Commercial Law Courses Offered – see the list of programmes offered at the Department of Commercial Law…

The Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town has been offering approved courses for Master of Laws, Master of Philosophy and Postgraduate Diploma purposes since the early 1980s. These courses have been introduced and expanded to meet the particular demands of and to complement the research work undertaken by specialised institutes and research units associated with the Faculty.

The growth in the number of courses in recent years has emphasised the need to produce more integrated programmes. Simultaneously, changes in the social and political environment in South Africa have presented the Faculty with the opportunity to develop its postgraduate studies programme to meet a new set of challenges within an African and international context.

With these ends in mind, the School for Advanced Legal Studies was created in 1992 as the home for existing and planned elements of postgraduate law studies at UCT. It is located within the Faculty of Law, and has assumed responsibility for the co-ordination of all higher coursework teaching. Its objectives extend to the promotion of research and academic exchanges with students and staff at other universities. UCT Department of Commercial Law Courses Offered

PROGRAMMES OFFERED

LLM and MPhil programmes in Commercial Law

The Department of Commercial Law offers two different types of Masters degrees – a straight LLM/ MPhil through course work and a dissertation, and a professional masters through course work and research tasks.

For LLM and MPhil

Students must select and complete four courses or their equivalent and submit a dissertation of not more than 25 000 words. Full-time students are expected to complete the requirements within an academic year (February to November or July to June), and part-time students are expected to complete the requirements within two years, save that the dissertation may be submitted by not later than the Friday before the first term starts, the year following the completion of the coursework for students who have completed their coursework in December and 15 September of the same year for students who have completed their coursework in June. UCT Department of Commercial Law Courses Offered

For named LLM (Professional Master’s degree)

Students must select and complete four courses or their equivalent and complete a research project comprising four research tasks. Full-time students are expected to complete the requirements within an academic year (February to November or July to June), and part-time students are expected to complete the requirements within two years.

Programmes are offered the following specialist areas:

  1. Commerical Law
  2. Comparative Law in Africa (not offered in 2019) 
  3. Dispute Resolution
  4. Intellectual Property Law
  5. International Trade Law
  6. International Taxation
  7. Labour Law
  8. Shipping Law
  9. Tax Law

MPhil

For LLM and MPhil purposes, students must select and complete four courses or their equivalent and submit a dissertation of not more than 25 000 words. Full-time students are expected to complete the requirements within an academic year (February to November or July to June), and part-time students are expected to complete the requirements within two years, save that the dissertation may be submitted by not later than the Friday before the first term starts, the year following the completion of the coursework for students who have completed their coursework in December and 15 September of the same year for students who have completed their coursework in June.

For named LLM (Professional Master’s degree) purposes, students must select and complete four courses or their equivalent and complete a research project comprising four research tasks. Full-time students are expected to complete the requirements within an academic year (February to November or July to June), and part-time students are expected to complete the requirements within two years.

For Postgraduate Diploma purposes, students must select and complete two courses or their equivalent and submit a research paper of not more than 12 500 words by the Friday before the first term starts, the year following first registration for students who have completed their coursework in December and 15 September of the same year for students who have completed their coursework in June. Diploma students may, subject to relevant admission criteria, apply to convert their registration to the LLM programme.

Courses will typically involve between 3-4 contact hours per week, although teaching periods may vary from course to course. Details may be obtained from the course convener in each instance.

PG Diploma

The UCT Postgraduate Diploma in Law may be awarded in any of the following areas of commercial law specialisation:

Dispute Resolution
Labour Law
Shipping Law
Tax Law

 

Research degrees

The following degrees are obtainable by thesis/dissertation only:

Master of Laws (LLM) by Dissertation

A person may be considered for admission as a candidate for the degree of Master of Laws if –

S/he has a law degree of the University or an equivalent degree of another University recognised by the Senate for this purpose; or
S/he has in any other manner attained a level of competence which in the opinion of Senate, on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law, is adequate for the purposes of admission as a candidate for the degree.
Such candidate will be required to undertake research at an advanced level for the purpose of writing a dissertation, under the guidance of a supervisor. The degree will be examined by either one dissertation on a subject of legal interest approved by Senate (not exceeding 40 000 words in length); or a series of four short dissertations on cognate areas of law, approved by Senate.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) by Dissertation

A person may be considered as a candidate for the degree of Master of Philosophy if –

S/he has at least a law degree or an Honours degree from the University, or an equivalent degree from another University recognised by Senate for this purpose; or
S/he has in any other manner attained a level of competence which, in the opinion of Senate, on recommendation by the Faculty of Law, is adequate for purposes of admission as a candidate for the degree.
The requirements for completion of the MPhil degree are the same as those for the LLM degree (set out above).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is a research degree undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor for the minimum period of two years. A candidate may proceed through any of the faculties of the University in accordance with these rules and those of the faculty concerned. There are no specific rules for the Faculty of Law in respect of PhD degrees, and according to the general rules of the University, it is not essential for a candidate to proceed through the faculty in which he or she obtained his or her bachelor’s or master’s degree.

In terms of the University of Cape Town’s General Rules and Policies when considering an application for registration for the degree for PhD, Senate will be guided by the following as being appropriate admission requirements:

a recognised master’s degree; or
a recognised honours bachelor’s degree, or a recognised four-year bachelor’s degree, plus at least one year’s registration for an approved master’s degree; or
a recognised three-year bachelor’s degree plus at least two years registration for an approved master’s degree; or
a recognised MBChB, LLB, BProc or BArch degree or any qualification recognised by Senate as being equivalent; or
in special circumstances an approved bachelor’s degree or qualification recognised by the Senate as equivalent.

A person shall not be admitted as a candidate for the degree unless he or she:

is a graduate of the University or of any other university recognised by the Senate for the purpose; or
has passed at any university or at any institution recognised by the Senate for the purpose, such examinations as are, in the opinion of Senate, equivalent to the examinations prescribed for a degree at the University; or
has in any other manner attained a level of competence which in the opinion of Senate, on the recommendation of the faculty concerned, is adequate for the purposes of admission as a candidate for the degree.
Senate may admit to the degree any candidate who has been admitted at least three years previously to a degree of bachelor, or any candidate who has been admitted at least two years previously to a bachelor’s degree where the minimum period of study prescribed for such bachelor’s degrees was not less than four years.

A master’s candidate may apply to upgrade his or her candidature to PhD candidature at any time before submitting his or her dissertation for examination for the master’s degree for which he or she has registered; once a submitted dissertation has been sent by the University to examiners, it may not be withdrawn, nor may the candidate apply to upgrade his or her candidature to PhD candidature. A PhD candidate may apply to downgrade his or her candidature to candidature for a master’s degree at any time before submitting his or her thesis; once a submitted thesis has been sent by the University to examiners, it may not be withdrawn, nor may the candidate apply to downgrade his or her candidature to candidature for a master’s degree. A PhD candidate who fails the PhD examination may not submit the work for any other degree at this University.

See Also:

University of Cape Town Undergraduate Courses

UCT Faculty of Commerce Undergraduate Programs Offered

UCT Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment Undergraduate Courses

UCT Faculty of Health Sciences Undergraduate Courses Offered

UCT Faculty of Humanities Undergraduate Courses Offered

UCT Faculty of Law Undergraduate Courses Offered

UCT Faculty of Science Undergraduate Courses Offered

University of Cape Town UCT Postgraduate Courses Offered

UCT Faculty of Commerce Postgraduate Courses Offered

UCT Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment Postgraduate Courses

UCT Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Courses

UCT Faculty of Humanities Postgraduate Courses Offered

UCT Faculty of Law Postgraduate Courses Offered

UCT Faculty of Science Postgraduate Courses Offered

UCT Graduate School of Business Courses Offered

University of Cape Town UCT Short Courses Offered : Continuing Education

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