UCT is the highest ranked university in Africa and a foremost global institution. We are an inclusive and research-intensive African university that takes pride in leading global knowledge exchange.

Postgraduate researchers at UCT drive this agenda by engaging in meaningful research. They access African and international networks that strengthen their connections and the impact of their work.

UCT postgraduates join our diverse community dedicated to transformation and excellence. Our executives, staff and student body represent South Africa, Africa and the world.

Supporting our postgraduate students on their career journey is a priority at UCT. We provide a range of academic and career guidance, as well as health and wellness services to ensure a healthy and successful academic future.

At UCT, we cultivate Africa’s leading researchers and thought-leaders.


Research that matters

UCT offers postgraduates opportunities to address the most urgent issues of our time. With diverse research strengths and interdisciplinary research institutes, we connect you to the projects and people that make an impact.

African and international networks

Postgraduates at UCT access a vibrant network of African and international partnerships. This enables collaboration that drives local knowledge and bridges the gap between the global north and global south.

Holistic support

UCT supports its postgraduates in achieving overall health and wellness with fitness, healthcare and counselling services. Postgraduates can also access professional and academic resources, as well as personalised guidance at the Postgrad Centre and Funding Office.

Future leaders

Over one-third of South Africa’s top researchers, who are world leaders in their fields, are based at UCT. UCT postgraduates are future leaders who drive innovation, discovery and commercial collaboration with a global impact.