LLM in Taxation

Thank-you for your interest in applying for a Masters in Taxation.  This letter contains important information about the application process.  Please complete all the application steps.

If you are applying for Full Research Masters

  • A full research Masters comprises one-year full time study (or two years part time study) during which you will complete a thesis of 50 000 words under the supervision of a taxation law expert.
  • Before you apply you must have a workable topic and a draft concept note. It is   recommended that you contact a potential supervisor to approve your topic before  applying.  Queries can be directed to Mr CC Schembri.
  • Applications are accepted throughout the academic year.
  • Full research Masters students qualify for one-year fee remission (full-time registration only).

If you are applying for Coursework Masters

  • A coursework Masters comprises of 4 compulsory modules. The modules are Advanced Taxation I, Advanced Taxation II, Donations Tax & Estate Duty and Research Methodology. In addition, you will need to complete a 15 000-word mini-thesis.
  • The LLM in Taxation is offered part-time (over 2 years) only. All registration is therefore part-time.
  • Students are required to register for the following modules, in the following order
ModuleSemester / Year
Advanced Taxation IFirst semester (Year 1)
Advanced Taxation IISecond semester (Year 1)
Research Methodology and DissertationFirst semester (Year 2)
Dissertation completion & submissionSecond semester (Year 2)
  • Lectures will take the form of evening seminars throughout the semester.
  • Acceptance into the programme is limited and is dependent on enrolment targets.
  • Applications windows are advertised on the School of Law website. Applications will open in June and close 31st October. Late applications may be accepted with our discretion, and you are encouraged to contact us to ascertain space on the program.
  • Coursework Masters students do not qualify for fee remission.

Application Steps

  • Step one make an online application and attach all required documents Apply Now
  • After receiving confirmation that the student has applied online, email the relevant Post-graduate administrator.
  • The Post-graduate administrator can only process the application after receiving all required documents.
    • Confirmation of online application
    • Email the PG administrator (Ms Mshengu for research OR Ms Louw for coursework). Attach all required documents. To process your application, we require the following documents
    • A 1-page personal motivation explaining why Taxation law is your first choice.
    • A recent example of your writing. E.g. a research assignment or essay from your undergraduate degree.
    • Curriculum vitae.
    • A concept note (only full research).
    • Proof of application fee
  • The post-graduate administrator will “process” your application and send it to the programme co-ordinator for review. It is vitally important that you attach all the required documentation when applying online.
  • Full research Masters applications will be considered by the Post-Graduate research masters selection committee.
  • If your application is successful you will receive an invitation to register from the PG administrator.

Contact Details

Program co-ordinator
Mr CC Schembri
Email: schembri@ukzn.ac.za

post-graduate administrator for full Research Masters
Ms Gina Mshengu
Email: MshenguG@ukzn.ac.za

post-graduate administrator for Coursework Masters
Ms Robynne Louw
Email: LouwR@ukzn.ac.za

post-graduate administratorfor thesis examination
Mr Pradeep Ramsewak
Email: ramsewakp@ukzn.ac.za

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