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University of Cape Town

3.9 out of 5 (39 ratings / 33 reviews) Cape Town, South Africa
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. Situated on spectacular Devil’s Peak, UCT is Africa’s oldest and foremost university. Three worldwide rankings have placed UCT among the world’s top 200 institutions, the only African university to have achieved this distinction. 

Master's Programmes

Education & Training (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Humanities (1)
Law (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Social Sciences (1)



UCT's reputation for excellence is underpinned by its distinctive research, led by its distinguished faculty, many of whom are world-leaders in their field. Our researchers also teach and so ensure that our undergraduate and postgraduate students benefit directly from the latest scholarly work and discoveries.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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171 -23
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
200 -9
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
301 -100
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
114 -1
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Housing services

UCT has a three-tier residence system that provides different services, governance and management to support undergraduate and postgraduate students on and off campus.

Generally speaking, a student will initially enter a fist-tier residence (full catering), move to a second-tier residence (senior catering or self-catering) in subsequent years, and then on to third-tier accommodation (semi-autonomous self-catering).

Library services

UCT Libraries offer state-of-the-art technology, vast collections of reading and research material, and the specialized services of friendly, efficient, and helpful staff.

In keeping with its central role in the academic life of the university, the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library lies at the heart of Upper Campus, while its eight branch libraries are set in locations convenient to the faculties. The Libraries house more than 1.2 million print volumes, while their "virtual" presence – consisting of bibliographic and full-text databases, electronic books and journals, and a growing institutional digital repository – may be accessed via the Libraries' website, both on and off campus.

Student Life

Sports facilities

UCT offers more than 40 sporting codes, with a total membership of around 9 000 students and staff. So, this is a great opportunity to carry on with the sport you loved at school or to try your hand at something completely new.

Whether you’re interested in athletics, rugby, netball and soccer or archery, paragliding, skydiving and yachting, there will be something for you.

Student Reviews

Personal Experience
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

When i started my 1st year i was so scared if i could do it and cope up with all the varsity challenges but it was really good ,i have much experience now of my career and have developed so much interest in Human Resources than before. It has not been easy but all is working out for my good and im looking forward to my graduation.

Studying in Cape Town, South Africa
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My name is Gideon Otai and i recently completed a degree (Economics and Finance) in the University of Cape Town in the year 2018. The experience was one of the most exciting and beautiful journeys I have ever had, Being a Kenyan in a foreign country, especially one known for xenophobia was always going to be hard and at times it was near impossible but with a bit of luck I...

BSc (Hons) in Materials Science at UCT
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The intensive training into a new field regarding materials engineering and manufacturing was time consuming yet rewarding. The materials lab is well equipped and access to the lab paramount to the success of the studies. The staff engage with the students albeit being busy themselves which in the end created a professional atmosphere due to having to schedule time (for...

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