Humanities Students' Council

The Humanities Students' Council (HSC) is a student governance structure representing the common interest of undergraduate students in the Faculty of Humanities. The HSC is made up of ten accountable, transparent and inspired students who are determined to make sure that your experience of the Faculty is enriching to your academic and social wellbeing. Elections for HSC are held annually in August.

Role of the HSC:

Change of curriculum

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It is usually possible to change your course registrations after the registration period, within the first few weeks of the semester in which the course starts. Depending on how early in the term you make the change, you may pay fee penalties.


2018 course change deadlines:

Academic excellence

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Faculty Scholarships:
The University has a number of scholarships for those who do well in the end of year examinations at university. These are awarded at the Faculty's discretion, in December each year and they vary in value and length of tenure. You do not need to apply for these.

Only returning students are eligible for the Faculty Scholarship.


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Welcome to one of the largest and best-known Humanities Faculties in Southern Africa.

UCT's Faculty of Humanities offers a range of programmes that foster communication, flexibility, imagination, social sensitivity, language competence, negotiating skills and the capacity to work in teams, rather than a narrow vocational training.

Degrees offered

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A new programme structure allows students with a first degree (Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc)) to qualify with a Masters degree in two years. The Honours/Masters pattern applies to most of the programmes.


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New, first-year students may find themselves slightly alarmed by the huge, confusing space of the institution. This is why the first academic year begins with Orientation.