Master's & doctoral degrees

Master of Accounting Sciences

Qualification code: 98656
NQF level: 9
Total credits: 180
SAQA ID: 90676
Rules:
The curriculum consists of four tutored modules, a research proposal module and a mini-dissertation. Candidates are required to first register for the tutored modules and the research proposal module and comply with the requirements for the research proposal module before registration for the mini-dissertation will be allowed. Recommendation: It is recommended that students should first complete all NQF 8 and 9 modules of the qualification before proceeding to the mini-dissertation. The mini-dissertation should relate to one of the modules selected from Group B.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted.
  • Re-registering students (who made sufficient progress during the current academic year) and students who officially deferred their studies must register online within the approved registration period for 2019. Re-registering students who have not made satisfactory progress may be precluded from registering.

Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the qualification during the next application period.

When can I register?

Registration opens Registration closes
Master's & doctoral qualifications 3 January 2020 29 March 2020

Doctor of Business Leadership (DBL), Master of Business Leadership (MBL) & Master of Business Administration (MBA) qualifications

  • First-time students registering for the DBL, MBL and MBA must register by 24 January 2020, as compulsory study schools take place in February 2020.
  • All SBL students may register online, except for those with a 7-series student number. Students with a 7-series student number should contact the Graduate School of Business Leadership for assistance with re-registration: www.unisa.ac.za/sbl
3 January 2020 29 March 2020
MCompt degree 3 January 2020 24 January 2020

The following qualifications have different registration dates:

  • All qualifications in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (excluding Computing qualifications)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (90040) - SET option
  • Master of Science in Nature Conservation (Full Dissertation) (98022) 
  • Qualifications in the Department of Decision Sciences (Quantitative Management & Operations Research)

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Time limits for this degree

All master's and doctoral qualifications are structured over a defined period. Refer to sections 4.12 and 4.13 in the Procedures for master’s and doctoral degrees.

  • Coursework master's degree: A student registered for a 180-credit structured coursework master’s degree must complete the study programme within three years. A student may make application to the Registrar for one additional year of study. The Registrar will consult with the Executive Dean of the College in which the student is registered.
  • Research master's degree: A student registered for a 180-credit structured research master’s degree must complete the study programme within three years. A student may make application to the Registrar for one additional year of study. The Registrar will consult with the Executive Dean of the College in which the student is registered.
  • Doctoral degree: A student registered for a research doctoral programme must complete the study programme within six years. A student may make application to the Registrar for one additional year of study who will only consider the application if it is recommended by the Executive Dean of the College in which the student is registered.

Curriculum

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Elective modules: Select 2 modules
AUE4864 - Fraud Prevention and Detection
AUE4869 - Information Systems and Control
AUI4861 - Advanced Internal Audit Practice
FAC4861 - Advanced Financial Accounting I
MAC4861 - Advanced Management Accounting
MAC4865 - Financial Strategy
TAX4861 - Advanced Taxation
Group B. Elective modules: Select 2 modules
AUE5962 - Integrated Fields of Auditing Pre-requisite:AUE4861 or AUI4861 or AUE4864 or AUE4869 or equivalent
AUE5963 - Integrated Auditing Procedures Pre-requisite:AUE4861 or AUI4861 or AUE4864 or AUE4869 or equivalent
FAC5963 - Integrated Financial Accounting Pre-requisite:FAC4861or equivalent
FAC5964 - Integrated Reporting Pre-requisite:FAC4861or equivalent
MAC5962 - Integrated Management Accounting Pre-requisite:MAC4861 or MAC4865 or equivalent
MAC5963 - Integrated Financial Management Techniques Pre-requisite:MAC4861 or MAC4865 or equivalent
TAX5962 - Integrated Principles of Tax Administration Pre-requisite:TAX4861 or equivalent
TAX5963 - Integrated Tax Strategy Pre-requisite:TAX4861 or equivalent
Group C. Compulsory modules
MPCAS92 - Masters Proposal in Accounting Sciences
Group D. Elective modules: Select one module in line with the focus area of the proposal
DLAUE91 - Mini-Dissertation: Auditing Pre-requisite:MPCAS92
DLFAC91 - Mini-Dissertation: Financial Accounting Pre-requisite:MPCAS92
DLGOV91 - Mini-Dissertation: Financial Governance Pre-requisite:MPCAS92
DLINT91 - Mini-Dissertation: Financial Intelligence Pre-requisite:MPCAS92
DLMAC91 - Mini-Dissertation: Management Accounting Pre-requisite:MPCAS92
DLTAX91 - Mini-Dissertation: Taxation Pre-requisite:MPCAS92