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MSc in South African Tax Law
Starting 8 March 2023

Digital Learning Course

MSc South African Tax Law - What you will study

On successful completion of all stages of the of the MSc qualification, students 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.

*MSc subject to validation

Programme layout

MSc in South African Tax Law

Credits: 180 | Duration: 32 Months

Course Stages

Stage 1 - 10 Months - 60 Credits

Module 1: Introduction and General Principles of South African Tax Law

  • Credits: 30 Credits

Module 2: Tax Law and Corporations

  • Credits: 30 Credits

Stage 2 - 10 Months - 60 Credits

Module 1: Expanded International Tax Concepts

  • Credits: 30 Credits

Module 2: Application of South African Tax Law

  • Credits: 30 Credits

Assessment Scheme For Stage 1 and 2

Each module shall consist of the following assessments:

  • Coursework Assessment 1 (20 Marks): A three-page summary and/or complete a multiple-choice quiz.     
  • Coursework Assessment 2 (20 marks): A three-page summary and/or complete a multiple-choice quiz.     
  • Final Assignment (60 Marks): Recent/ Relevant International Tax Case Study: 3000-word analysis, interpretation, and summary of a recent given case, demonstrating the student’s understanding of the relevant international taxation issues.

Stage 3 - 12 Months - 60 Credits


  • Credits: 60 Credits

How you will learn

This programme consists of 3 stages.

Stage 1 and 2

  • These stages will each contain two modules, with 30 credits awarded per module.
  • The learning will address important issues within the sector, drawing on key points, to ensure you gain a thorough understanding of the topics.
  • Students must complete and successfully pass the assigned coursework assessments and the final exam at the end of each stage to claim their award.
  • Pre-recorded academic lectures will be released each week, accompanied with the prescribed reading, any additional reading and/or research, as required. Directed reading will relate to provided case law, and will also include reading from legislation, books, articles, academic and professional journals.
  • The learning from the lectures will be emphasised with an array of case studies, practice examples and resources, to challenge thinking in a practical context. Engaging activities on the discussion forum, the use of quizzes, polls and other forum built-in activity will further validate the learning objectives.
  • Each main topic will end with a live-online tutorial, conducted by the lecturers. The tutorials are designed to be interactive, providing students with the opportunity to ask questions and to consider issues from different perspectives.

Stage 3

  • This stage is the concluding phase of the MSc qualification, culminating with 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.