During July 2015, 36 part-time students commenced with their postgraduate studies in internal auditing, presented in UP’s Department of Auditing. These students are mostly senior internal audit practitioners working in the private and public sectors globally and in South Africa. The MPhil (Internal Auditing) degree is presented over a two-year period with expert lectures by some of the best South African and international internal auditors, business executives and academics.
UP partnered with various institutions to present the MPhil (Internal Auditing) degree, namely Absa Barclays, who supports the programme financially to ensure that the content is relevant, study material is updated, and expert lecturers and guest speakers are invited to participate; the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), an institution ranked high on the worldwide list of business schools; and the Erasmus School of Accounting and Assurance (ESAA), part of Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The postgraduate degree programme covers advanced internal audit topics, including IT-auditing, performance auditing and forensic auditing, organisational governance, risk management, project management, strategic management, organisational behaviour, financial management and analysis, and business communication. The programmes is also supported by the Institute of Internal Auditors in South Africa (IIA-SA), which plays an active role in advocating the internal audit profession.
MPhil students who attended the first expert lectures in July 2015 at UP’s Hatfield Campus.