What documents are required for UCT application?

This article provides all the needed documents that are required for UCT application. The only requirement for creating a new account is to have a valid email address that is not shared with another UCT applicant that you monitor regularly.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa requires the following documents for application:

  • A brief CV: This should include your details, educational background, work experience, skills, and references.
  • Official transcript: This is a record of your academic performance. If you are a UCT graduate, you do not need to submit this.
  • Contact details of two academic referees: These are individuals who can vouch for your academic abilities and qualifications.
  • A 3-4 page (1500 words) research statement: This is a document outlining your research interests and proposed research project. 

There are 10 steps in the online application process:

  1. Personal details – you will need to upload a copy of your South African ID or passport.
  2. Programme of study – at this stage you will need supporting documentation such as a CV, non-UCT transcript, motivation for your choice of study, and proof of English proficiency if required.
  3. Contact details
  4. Secondary school details
  5. Post-school activities
  6. Tertiary education details
  7. Housing application
  8. Funding application
  9. Parent/guardian and fee-payer details
  10. Submit – once the application is submitted, it cannot be changed online. Changes can only be made by contacting the Admissions Office via email: admissions-pg@uct.ac.za or phone: +27 (0)21 650 2128.

There are several easy-to-follow prompts and guidelines given during the online application process. You can also revisit the website before submitting your final application.