University of Cape Town

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University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College making it the oldest higher education institute in South Africa.

UCT has six sites, including the Hiddingh Campus, the Health Sciences Campus, the Lower Campus, the Upper Campus, the Middle Campus, the Lower Campus, and the Breakwater Campus, which just opened a satellite facility in Phillippi. Please visit us on one of our yearly open days if you are considering studying at UCT, or make arrangements with the Admissions Office to take a guided tour of our stunning university.

UCT is a community of extremely gifted students, professors, and researchers, as well as a wide spectrum of professional, administrative support, and service employees. All members of the community are dedicated to improving the state of the world. They support one another in striving for success, not just in obtaining degrees or gaining notoriety, but also in becoming leaders in this rapidly transforming world.

Vision 2030 for UCT

Their dream is to draw from the extraordinary social and cultural diversity, creativity, and capacity for innovation of all the staff and students to contribute to making the 21st century the Afrikan century. UCT will:

  • attract students with exceptional potential from the country, the continent, and the world
  • offer a transformative and socially engaged undergraduate and postgraduate education
  • provide both contact and digitally mediated education
  • expand its capacity to offer continuing education and micro-credentials
  • produce research that answers the complex problems of today and tomorrow
UCT’s World rankings

In the top five global university rankings, UCT is the best-ranked institution in Africa. In the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings, it is ranked 10th worldwide.

THE World University Rankings 2020 lists UCT as one of 39 institutions among the top 200 globally that are led by women. On the 2020 list of 200 international universities, UCT came in at number 39. This demonstrates UCT’s solid international standing and its representation of personnel and students from other countries.

Undergraduate prospectus

The undergraduate prospectus is a guide for school leavers and others interested in studying for a first degree at UCT. The prospectus introduces you to life at UCT, describing the campus, its services, and its facilities. Details of all undergraduate programs are provided.Download the Undergraduate Prospectus.

Applications and registration

The following online resources are available if you want to apply for postgraduate study at UCT:

Honours and Master’s

  • Commerce
  • Graduate School of Business
  • Engineering & the Built Environment
  • Health Sciences
    1. Criteria
    2. Application
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Science


  • Applications
  • Doctoral theses

Application procedures:

Postgraduate studies

The Postgraduate Studies at UCT brochure gives a broad look at academic and student life at UCT, as well as the resources that cater specifically to the needs of postgraduate students.

UCT offers a full range of postgraduate programs in its 6 faculties:

  • Commerce
  • Engineering & the Built Environment
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Science

For more details see the Postgraduate Hub.

View the brochure below or download the PDF.

Contact details

The University of Cape Town,
Private Bag X3,
Rondebosch 7701,
South Africa

+27 (0)21 650 9111


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