Masters in Taxation(Course-work)


The new Master of Taxation Programme offered by the School is designed to meet the needs of taxation practitioners for specialist knowledge of laws, policies and procedures relating to taxes levied in South Africa and elsewhere and for highly developed skills in the interpretation and application of such tax legislation and policies. The purpose of this interdisciplinary Programme is to produce graduates with advanced knowledge and skills in taxation who will be independent thinkers and problem-solvers, who can interpret tax legislation and who can apply theory to practical, real-life situations. The Programme will ensure that graduates have a sound conceptual understanding of the relevant theories and approaches, as well as the taxation legislative and policy frameworks. The Programme also aims to produce graduates who have strong research skills and who are capable of advancing knowledge in the field of taxation.

Programme Outline

The following modules are presented in the Programme:
  • Income tax (RSA Tax and International Tax)
  • Income tax and estate planning
  • Special topics in Taxation
  • Taxation research methods
  • Research dissertation on taxation
The four taught modules will have written assessments and one module will form the dissertation component to the Programme (a dissertation of 15,000 – 20,000 words).

Programme Teaching Method

In line with social distancing regulations, the blended approach of teaching and learning will be used (online lectures, Moodle, webinars and contact sessions). Block release contact sessions will be held at the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, J-Block, Westville Campus, UKZN. A time table will be shared with successful candidates prior to commencement of Programme.

Programme Teachers

This interdisciplinary Programme will be taught by staff from the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Accounting Discipline; academics from the School of Law; and by invited experts and practitioners. The research projects will be supervised by staff in the School.


The Programme can be completed over one year of part-time study.

Entrance Requirements

  • Bachelor Honours degree in Accounting; or
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting; or
  • Bachelor of Laws (only candidates who have completed a Taxation module as part of their undergraduate degree will be considered).

Structural Support

Candidates have access to a Postgraduate Research Centre that has been established on campus to offer a supportive environment in which postgraduate students may conduct their research and writing. The Centre features an open-plan study space with fifteen computers, and a discussion room where students may engage in group projects and interact socially (there are coffee and tea-making facilities).

Estimated Fees

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