About the Department of Accounting

The Department of Accounting is one of four departments in the field of financial sciences in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Our vision is to be a leader in accounting education and research and to be recognised for academic excellence, social consciousness and high standards. To reward excellence, various prizes and awards are available.

The Department participates in a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the financial sciences and specific programmes and subject courses housed in the Department are the following:

Chartered Accountancy Programme

(Presented in English)

BCom in Accounting Sciences This degree forms part of the undergraduate academic route of becoming a chartered accountant and is accredited by SAICA.

PGDip in Accounting Sciences / CTA – On passing their postgraduate diploma (NQF Level 8 like an honours degree and provide access to Master's studies) and certificate, diplomandi are allowed to write the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. A SAICA accredited undergraduate degree is a prerequisite to enrol for PGDip and CTA.

MCom: Accounting Sciences – This master's degree is presented with the involvement of renowned international accounting academics and focuses on the theoretical grounding of financial accounting and the acquisition of relevant research skills.

DCom/PhD: Accounting Sciences – The doctoral programme involves the submission of a thesis in an accounting related topic.

Service Subject Modules

(Presented in English)

Service subject modules from first to third year level refer to accounting as a module presented as part of the curricula of a wide range of other degrees housed in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and other faculties.

The Department currently has a staff complement (academic and administrative) of 45. The majority of the academic personnel hold relevant professional financial qualifications in addition to their academic qualifications. The personnel involved with the training of chartered accountants are all qualified chartered accountants with practical experience and this is evidenced by the excellent pass rates achieved in the ITC (Initial Test of Competence of SAICA) over the last couple of years.

On behalf of myself and my colleagues at the Department of Accounting, I would like to welcome you to the programmes and modules presented by the Department of Accounting during this year. With your consistent and continuous commitment to your studies and our support and guidance, you should be able to experience a successful and rewarding academic year.

Head of the Department of Accounting

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