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The Centre of Criminology offers:

 Postgraduate Diploma in Law specialising in Criminology, Law and Society

Masters in Criminology by Coursework and Mini-dissertation

Master's by Dissertation Only

PhD in Criminology




SADC students

As of 2013 citizens and permanent residents from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are charged a SADC Administration Fee in addition to UCT fees. The SADC Administrative fee for 2016 is R3 500.

The SADC member countries are: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Students from the rest of the world are liable for international fees.


Unsure of whether you are liable for local or international fees?

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Non-SADC (rest of the world) students liable for international fees

Previously accounts were in US dollars (US$). From 2006, accounts have been in South African rands (ZAR). Accounts will comprise the sum of two components:

  • Course fees - these will be dependent on courses selected. Each course has its own charge, and your course fees component will be the sum of the costs of all the courses that you register for.
  • International term fee - this is the international fee component levied by UCT, in ZAR. This is a per-annum fee. A list of these international term fees is given below.


Minimum Payments - these are due prior to registration or by 05 February 2016, whichever date occurs first.:



The University of Cape Town operates on a fully course-based fee structure inclusive of all "add-ons". Thus, the dictum that "the price you see is the price you pay" applies to all academic offerings across the University.

The University's all inclusive course-based fee structures published in Section 12 of the fees handbook, together with the relevant Faculty handbook, will enable students to accurately calculate the cost of their academic studies at UCT.

The Faculty Handbook will indicate the courses that can be taken in pursuing a programme of study and the relevant course code. Students can use this code to look up the all inclusive cost of the course in the fees handbook. The sum of these costs will give the total cost for the set of chosen courses as there are no levies or additional academic charges.

Faculty handbooks can be obtained from the relevant faculty office and this information is also available on the UCT website.

Since a student's fees account is based on his/her academic load, it is the student's responsibility to verify the correctness of his/her enrolment for courses in the current year.


See the 2016 fees handbook


2016 Summer School Course by Members of the Centre of Criminology


Crime, Violence, and a Little Dope: Understanding Crime in Contemporary South Africa

South Africa is infamous for a number of things – the fauna and flora found here, the diversity of people and cultures, and of course, Nelson Mandela. Yet the country is also (in)famous for its criminal activity, violence, and corruption. It is known, colloquially at least, as ‘the crime capital of the world’. Yet is this picture actually accurate? Has crime become so commonplace, so entrenched, that the distinctions between what is right and wrong, legal and illegal, president and pauper, are no longer clear? In an attempt to separate fact from fiction, members of the Centre of Criminology facilitate this Summer School, unpacking some of the most pressing criminal problems facing the country. Drawing on their expertise and experience, each lecture will present and more nuanced understanding of the selected topics, help reveal what is known about crime in the country, what is being done about it, and speak to what the future might hold.

Drawing on new research and resources, the introductory course is comprised of five individual lectures. While the topics are all interlinked, each day a different member of staff will present topics pertaining to their current research. As such, the thematic format of the lecture series will be:

  • Past and present crime trends and their meaning
  • Organised criminal activity, from bouncers to brigadiers
  • The illegal drug economy, drug users, and crime
  • Understanding policing and effective reform
  • Community safety, policing, and justice

The lectures will be presented in an accessible manner, and do not require participants to have any particular background or expertise. This being said, keeping up with the current events and topical news stories will further aid students understand the contexts and examples that may be referred to in the lectures. All of the lectures will include easily-understood graphical representations of the topics, and the lectures will all end with a discussion, as time allows. Participants will walk away with not only a greater understanding of the current status of criminal activities, patterns, and events in the country, but will walk away with an understanding of why and how they came to be, what they signify for the country as a whole, and what might be done in the future.