The University of Pretoria is proud to offer the first master’s degree programme in internal auditing in South Africa, aimed at a global audience. To provide a quality learning experience to students, the two-year programme only accommodates a limited number of students. During 2013 and 2014, 57 successful candidates attended expert lectures during study schools presented by some of the best South African and international internal auditors, business executives and academics. The final assessment for the programme consisted of a research article to be submitted to an accredited academic journal for consideration.
The internal auditing programme at UP is accredited as a centre of excellence in the global Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Internal Auditing Educational Partnership (IAEP) programme – one of only six in the world. This programme at UP is also supported by the local IIA SA, which plays an active role in advocating the internal audit profession. The MPhil (Internal Auditing) degree builds on the undergraduate and honours degree programmes, offering a world-class postgraduate degree for senior internal auditors, coordinated by the Department of Auditing.
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.