Block dates:

Delivery Method: Face to Face

Location:Cape Town

Duration: 2 Years

Course Start Date: Monday, 10 March 2025

Block Dates:
  • First Block: 10 March - 1 April 2025
  • Second Block: 2 - 24 August 2025
  • Third Block:2 - 12 February 2026

Application Period:1 May - 31 October 2024

Course Fee:R 212 020

Application Fee:1000 ZAR / 100 USD


The MCom in Development Finance is a rigorous modular programme which is taken over two years. The programme covers nine compulsory core courses and students must choose 1 elective and deliver a research report.

Students attend classes at the UCT GSB Breakwater campus in Cape Town twice a year of between 2–-3 weeks each during February/March and in August. Lectures are structured to cover theories in development finance, development finance practice and real-life case studies in development finance.


This programme is broken down into 4 main blocks spreading over a two year cycle.  

Year 1: Block 1 (March)Year 1: Block 2 (August)Year 2: Block 3 (February):Year 2: February to December

Contact sessions for 4 courses

Examines for the 4 courses in Block 1Examines for the 4 courses in Block 2 Completion of a 60-credit minor dissertation

4 assignment submissions at monthly intervals after the block

Contact sessions for 4 courses (after 2 days' break)Contact sessions for 2 (1 core and 1 elective) courses (after 2 days' break)  
 4 assignment submissions at monthly intervals after the block2 assignment submissions at monthly intervals after the block  
  Completion of a 60-credit minor dissertation 

*Please note: Course designs are updated and adapted annually, therefore the topics listed for each course are a guideline as to what students can expect will be covered on each course. A minimum of 13 students are required in order to run any elective.


Before arriving for the contact sessions at the GSB, students are expected to read all prescribed material.


Students are required to attend and fully participate in all contact sessions at the GSB during the three block periods. The lectures are designed to facilitate interactions and knowledge sharing among students to draw on the diverse experiences of the student profile and enrich the theoretical and practical insights provided by the lecturer. 

During block sessions, students are allocated into syndicate groups and rooms for after-lecture discussions during evenings.


There are two assessments for each course (except for research methods), made up of invigilated final examination (during block sessions) and individual assignment submitted post-block.  Students are required to submit a research proposal (assignment) as the only assessment for the research methods course.