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Computer Sciences

Bachelor of Computer Science Programmes at UCT

The following degrees are available for the field of Computer Science. Please consult the webpage and the faculty handbooks available on the website for more detailed descriptions, admission requirements and fee information.

Three Year Undergraduate Degrees
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Science
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Business Computing
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Games Development

Postgraduate Degrees
BSc (Hons) in Computer Science
BSc (Hons) in Information Technology
MSc in Computer Science by Dissertation
MSc in Computer Science by Coursework and Dissertation
MSc in IT by Coursework and Dissertation
PhD

  • PROFESSIONAL BODIES AND ASSOCIATIONS

    Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
    AITP is a worldwide society of professionals in information technology and is a source of professional development. It provides career guidance information, job listings, up-to-date sector news, events, awards, scholarships and other valuable resources. 

    IEE South Africa KEY RESOURCE
    IEEE is an international leading professional association for the advancement of technology. It provides up-to-date sector information, links to affiliated societies and affinity groups, continued professional development, resources and job advertisements.

    Institute of Information Technology Professionals (IITPSA)
    The IITPSA represents the South African body of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) practitioners and professionals. They provide up-to-date sector news, information on events, seminars, competitions, professional development, training, resources and links to comprehensive career guidance information and job vacancies.

    International Association of Computer Science and Technology (IACSIT)
    IACSIT is a registered international scientific association of distinguished scholars engaged in computer science and information technology. They host conferences, events, meetings and seminars. They provide up-to-date sector information and publications.

    Royal Society of South Africa (RSSaf)
    RSSaf recognises research excellence, organises scientific conferences, expeditions, workshops and seminars, fosters science education, publishes an accredited international journal and promotes public awareness of all aspects of science and technology.

    South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT) KEY RESOURCE
    The SAICSIT focuses on research and development in computing and information technology (IT) in South Africa. They provide conferences, awards, links and other valuable resources.

  • SECTOR INSIGHTS

    Computer Weekly KEY RESOURCE
    Computer Weekly is a technology news websites, which offers in-depth coverage of the issues, challenges and trends facing today’s IT leaders.

    Science Daily
    Science Daily is a popular science news web site, which offers breaking news about the latest scientific discoveries.

    Science in Africa
    Science in Africa is Africa’s first online science magazine. This online magazine provides up-to-date news and valuable insight on the field of science in Africa.

  • PREPARING FOR THE JOB MARKET

    Graduate Vacancies KEY RESOURCE
    Access graduate jobs and internships in the vacancy section of our site. Be sure to set up job email alerts and check our website regularly for news and events. 

    South African and African Jobs

    South African Government Jobs

    GovPage KEY RESOURCE
    A free website dedicated to advertising all available Southern African Governments Vacancies including health. Also includes information on Tenders/Quotations and Public Notices/Campaigns. Covers National Government, Provincial Government, Municipal Government, Public Entities and Tertiary Institution, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and International Agencies.

    Advertised information is provided by the relevant Government structures and authorities but govpage.co.za is not the official website of any government organisation.

    The Provincial Government Handbook Website KEY RESOURCE
    This website provides information related to tenders and vacancies for each provincial government in South Africa. The links directly redirect you to the official provincial vacancy website.

    South African and African Career Service and Recruitment Agencies

    Recruitment agencies and employers firms should never ask you to pay for the promise of a job. Please be aware of this.

    Indeed
    Indeed is a job search agency, advertising various positions.

    Grad Connection
    Grad Connection is a specialist recruitment agency operating in South Africa for graduates, providing information on career guidance, job vacancies, bursaries and internships.

    JobVine
    JobVine is a job search agency, advertising various positions.

    P-Net
    P-Net is a job search agency across different industry sectors.

    Science in Africa
    Science in Africa is Africa’s first online Science magazine, which also lists local job vacancies.

    International Jobs

    General International Career Service and Recruitment Agencies

    Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Career and Job Centre KEY RESOURCE
    The ACM Career and Job Centre is a comprehensive international career guidance and job website for the computing industry.

    Science Careers
    Science Careers job board advertises international job opportunities from around the world and career development tools and resources.

    New Scientist Jobs KEY RESOURCE
    The New Scientist Jobs website is an online resource for international science and technology jobs, courses and careers advice.

    Science Careers
    Science Careers is a comprehensive international career guidance website for science graduates.

    Seek Teachers
    Seek Teachers is a comprehensive international job website for the teaching field. Positions for teachers in the science field are advertised.

    Country Specific International Career Service and Recruitment Agencies

    Europe

    Euro Science Jobs KEY RESOURCE

    Euro Science Jobs is an international job website for science graduates in Europe.

    UK and Ireland

    Careers Group
    Careers Group is a UK career service and provides career guidance and international job vacancies.

    GradIreland KEY RESOURCE
    GradIreland is a recruitment agency and job site, which advertises jobs in Ireland.

    Prospects KEY RESOURCE
    Prospects provides careers advice and job and course opportunities to students and graduates.

    Target Jobs KEY RESOURCE
    Target Jobs is a comprehensive career guidance and job website for the UK.

    USA

    Career Cornerstone Jobs KEY RESOURCE
    Career Conerstone is a US-based comprehensive career guide resource for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine and offers a specific section for computer science. It provides information and links to employers in the US and that are hiring computer science graduates.

    Computer Research Association (CRA) Jobs KEY RESOURCE
    CRA Jobs is the job website of the CRA, which advertises position openings for computer scientists, computer engineers, and computer researchers in the US.  

    Jobs.net
    Jobs.net is a US-based job website, advertising various positions.

  • INTERNATIONAL & LOCAL VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

    NGOs and NPOs are both involved in community-based initiatives but are structured differently. A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any non-profit, voluntary citizens’ group which is organized on a local, national or international level. A non-profit organisation (NPO) is a trust, company or other association of persons established for a public purpose and of which its income and property are not distributable to its members or office bearers, except as reasonable compensation for services rendered. Registering as a NPO enhances credibility for government funding and every non-profit organisation (NPO) in South Africa is issued an NPO number. 
    http://www.dsd.gov.za/npo/

    Please research carefully the volunteer organisation you decide to work with.

    International Volunteer HQ
    International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is a volunteer travel company focused on providing affordable volunteer travel experiences. They provide volunteer abroad projects in over 30 destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America, South America and the Pacific in teaching, childcare, construction, conservation or healthcare.

    My Hands and Heart KEY RESOURCE
    My Hands and Heart is a non-profit organisation in South Africa, which acts as a volunteer management network and advertises a range of local volunteer opportunities.

    National Youth Service Programme KEY RESOURCE
    The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is inviting unemployed science, engineering and technology graduates (18 to 35 years of age) to volunteer their services towards the implementation of the Youth into Science Strategy under the auspices of the National Youth Service Programme. Volunteers will be paid and placements commence in January annually.

    South African NGO Network (SANGONet) KEY RESOURCE
    Charity/non-governmental organisations (NGO) sector recruitment pages for paid employment. Includes a wide range of job roles. Also includes NGO profiles – a useful resource to scope organisations for opportunities.

    Team4Tech
    Team 4 Tech works to advance the quality of education in developing countries by connecting technology volunteers and solutions with high impact non-profit organizations.

     

     

  • POSTGRADUATE STUDY AND RESEARCH

    This information covers government funding initiatives, links to all higher education institutes in South Africa and some relevant education based websites in South Africa and the UK/USA.

    Africa/Global

    Masters

    Masters Studies
    International site, search by country, useful but not comprehensive.

    Masters Portal
    International site, search by country, useful and comprehensive.

    Find a Masters
    International site, search by country. Useful. Contains information regarding funding and postgraduate open days.

    PhDs

    PhD Studies
    International website, search by country, useful but not comprehensive.

    Find a PhD
    International website, search by country, institution and subject. Contains information regarding funding.

    PhD Portal
    International website, search by country, useful and comprehensive.

    Doc Links
    An international website aimed at increasing understanding and establishing better links between African and European doctoral candidates. Provides useful information regarding funding, mentorship, research support, PhD resources and networking opportunities.

    UCT doctoral applicants webpage KEY RESOURCE
    See for more details of PhD opportunities across the faculties and how to apply  

    Association of Commonwealth Universities KEY RESOURCE
    A site search for ‘vacancies’ provides links to sites for seeking job opportunities in Commonwealth universities, including all SADC countries except Angola and Congo.

    See additional resources on academic postgraduate opportunities. Particularly useful for Masters considering Doctorate study and PhD researcher/early career post docs.

    South Africa

    South African Department of Higher Education and Training KEY RESOURCE
    Go to institutions for a list of public universities then research courses via online prospectus.

    National Research Foundation
    The NRF was established in 1998 from the amalgamated of the Centre for Science Development (CSD), the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Foundation for Research Development (FRD) and is a good website for staying up-to-date with research initiatives/centres, job and funding opportunities.

    Universities South Africa  (previously HESA)
    Universities South Africa, formerly known as Higher Education South Africa (HESA), is a membership organisation representing South Africa’s universities. The new name was launched on 22 July 2015 in order to reposition the organisation as a representative body of South Africa’s public universities, that aims to promote a more inclusive, responsive and equitable national system of higher education.

    SA Bursaries KEY RESOURCE
    A comprehensive website outlining various bursaries in South Africa across different disciplines.

    UK

    Postgraduate Information (Graduate Prospects)
    Good website for finding UK based Masters with useful “insight” articles  but limited information on opportunities worldwide.

    USA/Canada

    http://www.usastudyguide.com/how-to-choose-a-college.htm

    www.graduateguide.com
    These are websites which provide directories of graduate schools in the USA and Canada and information regarding programmes, funding, immigration and other resources.

  • COMPETITIONS AND ENTREPREURSHIP

    Student Competitions KEY RESOURCE
    This is an international and up-to-date website which allows you to search for competitions for university students.

  • DIVERSITY IN SCIENCE & EMPLOYMENT

    UCT is committed to the principles of diversity and transformation, specifically a transformed university where there are no stereotypical views of others based on their gender, race or disability.

    Diversity-Related Engineering Professional Bodies & Associations

    Association for Women in Computing (AWC) KEY RESOURCE
    The AWC was founded in the USA and is one of the first professional organizations for women in computing. The AWC promotes the advancement of women in the computing professions and provides professional networking, continuing education, mentoring and awards.

    Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
    AWIS is an American-based large multi-disciplinary organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), which is dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. They have a careers service on their website, resources, relevant industry news and links.

    Association of South African Women in Science & Engineering (SAWISE) KEY RESOURCE
    SAWISE supports the idea of strengthening the role of women in science and engineering in South Africa and offers scholarships, outreach initiatives, mentorship, relevant links and job listings. It is a useful resource for women in science and engineering.

    Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA)
    BDPA is a non-profit international organization of professionals working in or having interest in the Computer Science and Information Technology Fields. The BDPA provides information on job opportunities, up-to-date sector information, awards, conferences, scholarships, events, student programmes and professional development.

    Black Management Forum (BMF)
    The BMF develops and empowers managerial leadership primarily amongst black people within organisations and the creation of managerial structures and processes which reflect the demographics and values of the wider society. They provide managerial and leadership development, research services, consulting, resources, news, links and host events.

    Business Women's Association (BWA) of South Africa
    The BWA is a non-profit and voluntary organisation which is also largest association of business and professional women in South Africa. They provide awards, events, news and networking opportunities.

    Grace Hopper: Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) KEY RESOURCE
    The GHC is one of the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. They provide various awards, up-to-date sector information, networking opportunities and organise events.

    National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP)
    NOGLSTP is a US-based professional society that educates and advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The website provides information regarding networking, programmes, mentoring, scholarships, workshops, awards, various media resources and sector insights.

    Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
    OWSD provides research training and networking opportunities for women scientists throughout the developing world at different stages of their career. This website provides valuable STEM information regarding PhD fellowships, workshops, mentorship and awards.

    Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)
    OSTEM is a US-based national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM fields and is primarily for students. OSTEM hosts LGBTQA-oriented events and provides mentoring and advice, workshops and information sessions, networking with professionals and professional recruiting.

    Women in Science, Technology and Engineering (WISE)
    WISE is an international organisation which inspires girls and women to study and build careers using STEM. This organisation provides training, recruitment resources, funding information, and advertises engineering-related job vacancies.

    Diversity-Related Services, Awards and Scholarships

    UCT
    UCT provides various services and resources related to diversity and transformation. See the links below.

    UCT Disability Centre
    The UCT Disability Service works towards the removal of any physical, policy, information and attitude barriers that might prevent students and staff from fulfilling their potential. The centre provides information regarding different forms of support, resources, bursaries, funding opportunities, advocacy, counselling, academic and examination accommodations, technical assistance and other services.

    UCT Funding Boards
    Please check the postgraduate funding boards (http://www.uct.ac.za/apply/funding/postgraduate/notice/) and undergraduate funding boards (http://www.uct.ac.za/apply/funding/undergraduate/financial/) currently on the UCT website for up-to-date details on other diversity-related scholarships, fellowships and bursaries.

    UCT-Harvard Mandela Fellowships
    This fellowship is intended to strengthen connections between the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute (at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University) and UCT, to provide opportunities for UCT staff to gain international experience, and to support the professional advancement of academics working particularly, but not only, in the humanities and social sciences. To be eligible, applicants must have been awarded the PhD degree at the time of application, and have permanent or T3 academic posts at UCT. In line with UCT’s equity objectives, preference will be given to applicants from the designated groups, with particular emphasis on black South African applicants.

    List of Scholarships for African Women and Developing Countries
    AfterschoolAfrica provides an up-to-date and comprehensive list of scholarships (undergraduate, Masters, MBA, PhD and Postdoctoral) that are open for women from African and developing countries.

    Margret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMF)
    The MMF awards education grants to women from developing countries to help further their education and strengthen their leadership skills.

    Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Programme (MMUF)
    MMUF is an equity-inspired program that is awarded to highly performing Black students who are entering the final year of a three-year first degree or the third year of a four-year professional degree from the sciences and humanities at UCT and other participating undergraduate institutions. The program offers financial support, organized mentoring and is designed specifically to provide students with a greater awareness of what it means to be an academic. 

    Mwalimu Nyerere African Union (AU) Scholarship Scheme
    The AU scholarship is only for applicants with physical disabilities for masters in social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, education sciences and sports sciences and closes in March annually.

    National Research Foundation (NRF)
    The NRF provides various postgraduate funding bursaries and scholarships. Preference is given to equity candidates.

    Scholarships for Women
    This website provides comprehensive information regarding scholarships, awards and funding opportunities for women.

    The description regarding UCT’s policy towards diversity in engineering and employment is sourced from the UCT Disability Service Page (http://www.uct.ac.za/services/disability/) and the Transformation at UCT Page (http://www.uct.ac.za/about/transformation/).