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The School for Advanced Legal Studies is the home of UCT Law Postgraduate programmes. For your easy viewing, we have put together a number of short clips - about postgraduate Law studies, about particular programmes and about our course highlights.

With more than 500 students registered across the Faculty's four different academic qualifications - the Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDip); the Masters of Laws Degree (LLM); the Master of Philosophy Degree (MPhil); and the PhD - our academics and students work together to bring energy and excellence to UCT Law's postgraduate studies. 

Our PG Diploma is a short, sharp opportunity to improve knowledge in a particular area of law, through coursework only.

Our Masters programmes include the following options - an LLM with coursework only (with research tasks), called the Professional Masters; an LLM or MPhil with coursework and dissertation; an LLM or MPhil through dissertation only.

Our PhD offering is by research only. 

PhD and Masters-by-research students don't need to be based at the University for the duration of their degrees. As a registered student, you would have full access to all UCT facilities, including library services and online resources. Should you be accepted to one of our research-only degree programmes, you would need to complete a Memorandum of Understanding in which you and your supervisor agree on the mode of contact.

Specialist focus areas

Each of the Faculty's three departments is home to a range of specialist legal interests, outlined below. 

Commercial Law
Company Law; Corporate Governance; Commercial Regulation; Comparative Law in Africa; Intellectual Property Law; International Taxation; Labour Law; Law and Development in Africa; Tax Law;  Contracts and Specific Contracts.

Private Law
African Customary Law; Air and Aviation Law; Civil Procedure; Conflict of Laws; Contract; Specific Contracts; Consumer Protection; Delict; Family Law (including Women and Children’s Law);  Jurisprudence and Legal Theory; Legal Education; Mineral Law and Expropriation Law; Private Law and Human Rights; Property Law (in particular related to Land and Natural/Mineral/Fuel Resources); Rhetoric Studies; and Succession.

Public Law
Administrative Justice; Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law in Africa; Race, Gender, Sexuality and the Law; Criminal Justice; Criminology and Governance of Security; Democratisation; Environmental Law; Evidence; International and Regional Human Rights Law and Practice; Law and Society; Land and Policy; Legal Pluralism and Human Rights; Traditional Leaders; Public International Law; International Criminal Law; Constitutional Law; Public Accountability; Forced Migration (including Refugee law, Statelessness and Internal Displacement); Children’s Rights; and Women’s Rights.

For further information on our PG Dip and Masters level coursework programmes, please contact the Faculty Postgraduate Administrator, Clare Richfield

For more information about the Masters degrees by research only, and the PhD degree, please contact the Faculty Postgraduate Manager, Patricia Phillips (+27 21 650 5409).

Postgraduate Programme Convenors




Commercial Law

Associate Prof Jacqueline Yeats

+27 21 650 3069

Comparative Business Law in Africa

Professor A Ordor

+27 21 650 5687

Constitutional and Administrative Law

Professor P de Vos

+27 21 650 3079

Criminology, Law and Society

Professor E van der Spuy

+27 21 650 2988

Dispute Resolution

Ms M Carels

+27 21 650 3066

Environmental Law

Marine & Environmental Law

Professor S Paterson

+27 21 650 5644

Human Rights Law

Ms S Lutchman

+27 21 650 5654

Intellectual Property Law

A/Prof L Tong

+27 21 650 5686

International Law

Associate Professor C Powell

+27 21 650 5103

International Trade Law

Professor A Ordor

+27 21 650 5687

Labour Law

Dr E Fergus

+27 21 650 5617

Mineral & Petroleum Extraction

Professor H Mostert

Public Law

Professor P de Vos

+27 21 650 3079

Shipping Law

A/Professor G Bradfield

+27 21 650 2676

Tax Law


International Tax Law

A/Prof A Titus 

Professor T Gutuza

A/Prof J Hattingh

+27 21 650 2617

+27 21 650 5900

+27 32 650 5883