This full-time diploma is the specialised qualification for candidates who are preparing for the relevant qualifying examinations of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors. Entrance requirements for the various modules are detailed in the departmental brochure.
For UP graduates:
- BCom (Accounting Sciences) or equivalent SAICA-accredited degree with an average of 57% for Auditing, Financial Accounting, Financial Management and Taxation on 3rd year level, and
- At least 53% for Auditing Financial Accounting Financial Management and Taxation on 3rd year level.
- The above to be passed in the year immediately preceding the postgraduate diploma year.
- Undergraduate degree must be completed in a maximum of four years.
Other criteria apply to applicants from other SAICA-accredited universities, and only top students from other universities will be considered for the postgraduate diploma.
Please note that the Department of Accounting reserves the right to limit the number of students admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma and CTA programmes, taking cognisance of available capacity in respect of teaching infrastructure and human resources.
Only selected candidates will be allowed to register for the Postgraduate Diploma (Accounting Sciences).
1. Registration for a second field of study: With reference to General Regulation G.6, a student who has already completed a bachelor of honours degree or postgraduate diploma at this or another university, may, with the permission of the Dean, register for another degree or postgraduate diploma, subject to the regulations applicable to the field of study in question and to any other stipulations the Dean may prescribe on the condition that there shall be no overlap in the course content of the first degree or postgraduate diploma and the second degree or postgraduate diploma. Such a concession may be withdrawn by the Dean/Deans if the student does not perform satisfactorily.
Please note that the Department of Accounting reserves the right to limit the number of students admitted to the Hons and CTA programmes, taking cognisance of available capacity in respect of teaching infrastructure and human resources.
Only selected candidates will be allowed to register for the PG Dip.
If there is overlap in the course content of the degree for which the student wishes to enrol, or is enrolled and a degree already conferred, the Dean will not acknowledge any modules that form part of the degree already conferred.
Examinations and pass requirements
In calculating marks, General Regulation G12.2 applies.
Subject to the provisions of General Regulation G.26, a head of a department determines, in consultation with the Dean
- when the PGDip examinations in his/her department will take place, provided that:
- PGDip examinations which do not take place before the end of the academic year, must take place no later than 18 January of the following year, and all examination results must be submitted to the Student Administration by 25 January; and
- PGDip examinations which do not take place before the end of the first semester, may take place no later than 15 July, and all examination results must be submitted to the Student Administration on or before 18 July.
- whether a candidate will be admitted to a supplementary examination, provided that a supplementary examination is granted, only once in a maximum of two prescribed semester modules or once in one year module;
- supplementary examinations (if granted) cover the same subject matter as was the case for the examinations;
- NB: For the purpose of this provision, the phrase "not sit for an examination more than twice in the same subject" as it appears in General Regulation G.18.2, implies that a candidate may not be admitted to an examination in a module, including a supplementary examination, more than three times.
- the manner in which research reports are prepared and examined in his department.
NB: Full details are published in each department's postgraduate information brochure, which is available from the head of department concerned. The minimum pass mark for a research report is 50%. The provisions regarding pass requirements for dissertations contained in General Regulation G.12.2 apply mutatis mutandis to research reports.
Subject to the provisions of General Regulation G.188.8.131.52, the subminimum required in subdivisions of modules is published in the study guides, which is available from the head of department concerned.