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Fees OtherCosts Tutoring Scholarships

In addition to getting a place at UCT, you need to line up enough funding to cover your annual fees and living costs.

Fees Top

For details, see UCT's Fees Page.
Postgraduate Fees for Maths Courses 2012
Honours R 34,000
MSc R 17,200
PhD R 12,230
International Term Fees 2012
This is an extra fee applying to all who are not citizens or permanent residents of a country in SADC (the Southern African Development Community)   [   viz:   Angola,   Botswana,   Democratic Republic of Congo,   Lesotho,   Madagascar,   Malawi,   Mauritius,   Mozambique,   Namibia,   South Africa,   Swaziland,   Tanzania,   Zambia,   Zimbabwe   ]
Honours add    R 27500
MSc add    R 22500
PhD add    R 22500
* NOTE: International students should be ABSOLUTELY SURE they have enough money BEFORE coming to South Africa.
Other Costs Top

ROUGH guide to other costs (excluding fees) in 2012 (may increase each year)
Medical cover - mandatory for non South Africans R 3 600 - R 5 000 / year
Room in a shared flat R 18 000 - R 25 000 / year
Meals R 10 000 - R 15 000 / year
Books, stationary & equipment R 7 000 / year
General living costs (daily transport, pocket money, not meals)     R 5 000 - R 6 000 / year
TOTAL R 40 000 - R 53 100 / year
  Plus Fees
If you live simply you can keep your food, general living, and even books costs down.
Tutoring Top

Most graduate students do tutoring, if their English is good enough, which provides some of your financial support.

ROUGH guide to tutor pay in 2012 (may increase each year)
For a standard ("1T") tutorship:

Workload   =   6 hours/week in tutorials + 6 hours/week preparation for 24 teaching weeks
+ 18 hours/year of consultation
+ 120 hours/year of marking per year
+ 21 hours/year of duties such as invigilating tests & exams, clerical work on exam marks, etc.
Pay   =   R 27 810 / year

To get money for tutoring, it is really best to arrive before the start of courses --- mid February --- or the start of second semester --- late July. Of course your English must also be good enough.

A half load is also possible. More than "1T" is too much work for most graduate students.

Students from abroad get student visas and these do allow a normal amount of tutoring for pay.

Scholarships Top


  • See UCT's Postgraduate Funding page
  • Applying for Postgraduate Funding --- various application forms. Noticeboard shows current calls for applications.
  • Postgraduate Financial Assistance Handbook   (.pdf file --- requires Acrobat Reader)   Contains long list of scholarships --- many are specific to the subject area, level of study, nationality, type of historical disadvantage (race, gender), or suffient academic performance.

South African Students:

  • The NRF & DoL offer free-standing, prestigious, & equity disabled-people's bursaries that you can apply for, see the NRF's Scholarships & Fellowships page
  • Your supervisor or her/his research group MAY have some "Grantholder-linked bursaries" from the NRF --- discuss this with your possible supervisor(s).

SADC Students:

  • It is possible to get "Grantholder-linked" NRF bursaries, if they aren't all taken up by South Africans, but they only know this later in the year, so you need other money in case.

African Students:

Foreign Students:

  • Minor scholarships from UCT can often be obtained - see above. Tutoring in the department brings in some money - see above. There may be scholarships offered by your government or international agencies.
  • Unfortunately, foreign students rarely get NRF bursaries.