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Starting 13 March 2024


MSc South African Tax Law - What you will study

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will have a comprehensive grounding in all aspects of South African Tax Law and be able to address the crucial issues within the sector and be equipped to engage with the relevant international authorities in the field.

Course layout

This award consists of 3 stages. For the MSc award you only need to complete stage 3, having completed the Postgraduate Diploma (or an equivalent award).

Stage 3

  • This stage is the concluding phase of the MSc qualification.
  • To be enrolled on the MSc, students must have completed the PG-Diploma in South African Tax Law (or an equivalent award).
  • To successfully complete this stage, students are required to work towards the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation.
  • The aim of the dissertation is to develop a careful and detailed study of a proposed problem or concern in South African Tax Law. By implementing the knowledge gained from Stages 1 and 2 of the programme, students are required to conduct sufficient research to consider and respond to the respective problem.
  • Stage 3 consists of introductory lectures that cover the essentials of topic selection and the guidance to a well-written proposal and a structured dissertation.
  • Each student will be appointed a supervisor and will be required to book at least three sessions of live online interaction with their supervisor for guidance during the writing of their dissertation.


Dissertation (100 Marks): A 15,000-word dissertation to be submitted.

Students must submit their final dissertations on their chosen research topics. Feedback will be given throughout the research project period from approval of the topic until submission.

On successful completion of this programme (PG Diploma + MSc), you will be able to:

1. Engage in systematic discovery and critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources within the practice area of South African Tax Law.

2. Appropriately apply qualitative and/or quantitative evaluation processes to original information/ data within the practice area of South African Tax Law.

3. Understand and apply ethical standards of conduct in the collection and evaluation of data and other resources within the practice area of South African Tax Law.

4. Gain in-depth knowledge of the selected dissertation topic, and the relevance thereof in terms of the broader South African Tax Law arena.

5. Equate the empirical challenges and be able to deal with practical research problems (e.g., collecting, manipulating and analysing data).

6. Develop the ability to design and manage a tax project/s and apply what has been learned to real-world scenarios.

7. Learn how to deal with the complex inter-relationships of real-world processes.

8. Hone the skills in interpersonal communication, data collection and analysis, report writing, and effective time management, all of which are critical in the extremely demanding and ever-changing world of South African Tax Law.