Master of Commerce (MCOM)

Programme description

The Master of Commerce is a 180 credits and NQF exit level 9 qualification which provide students with an opportunity to undertake independent and original research in a commerce discipline within CESM category 04: Business, Economics and Business Management studies. The MCom programme is by dissertation meaning that 100% of the time is spent on independent, self-directed but supervised research. This supervision is provided through direct contact between the student and the supervisor. As such master’s students will not attend lectures or tutorials, nor will they work in syndicate groups. The purpose of the MCom is to equip students with advanced research skills in appropriate fields of commerce in order to contribute to the development of knowledge. It is envisaged that the resultant skills developed by the programme will then be applied to develop our key commerce sectors to be better drivers of economic activity in South Africa and beyond.


The minimum requirements for admission into the MCom programme are:
  • BCom Honours (NQF level 8) qualification with a pass of at least 60% in the appropriate commerce field.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in an appropriate field of commerce with a pass of at least 60%.
In 2022 the University will offer a Master of Commerce by dissertation. Currently research must be in Economics (CESM category 040400).  The University will add further fields of study as and when new fields of study are approved at the Honours level.
Module structure of the Module
Module name Module code Duration of study Credits
Research thesis MCOM800 1 – 2 years. 180


  • Upon successful completion of the Master of Commerce programme, students will be able to continue into a PhD programme in the appropriate field of study


Prof Andrew Maredza
Tel: +27 13 002 0232
Office: Room 220, Building 9