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Application & Admissions - Key Dates

Dates & Deadlines

The university operates on a clearly structured academic calendar. Missing any of these deadlines will definitely impact your progress negatively, so please check below for dates and deadlines that apply to you.

Application submission deadlines (no late applications will be considered):

  • For study in 2021, applications closed in 2020. Applications for study in 2022 have opened, and close end August for research degrees, and end September for degrees based on coursework.
  • For international applicants - you are advised to submit your application by 31 August (for reasons of visa applications)
  • There is no second semester intake in postgraduate programmes in Law, so all coursework applicants must have applied by 30 September
  • For more details contact Clare Richfield

University Term Dates

Updated UCT calendar information is available here:

Dates are intermittently updated, so please check back regularly.

Deadline for Scholarship applications administered by the Faculty of Law

Refer to the Law Faculty Handbook or review the information on the Faculty website.

Deadline for payment of fees

Please consult the fees website

Orientation (LLMs & PGDips)

19 February 2021

Submission of minor dissertations/research papers for 2020

Please contact

Last date to Submit minor dissertations/research with a 2020 registration

15 March 2021 12 noon

Applications for 2022

Open 1 May - 31 August (Research degrees)

Open 1 May - 30 September (Coursework programmes)

April and December Graduations (variable)

Due to covid-linked shifts to the academic calendar, graduation dates are variable and you will be informed by the Faculty or Graduation offices of these dates. Graduation dates, where applicable, will be posted on the Graduation page.