Investment Management online short course

Course starts 5 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
29 September 2020
Course Starts:
5 October 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation.
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
ZAR R13,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Amid falling consumer confidence in traditional portfolio management, South Africans are more willing than ever to take the leap into individual investing – with modern technology providing the tools to do so. However, in order to make informed, responsible investment decisions, it’s necessary to understand the investment environment.

The Investment Management online short course from the University of Cape Town (UCT) offers a practical guide to the world of financial investments. The course does not offer specific investment advice, but rather empowers you with the skills needed to intelligently manage an investment portfolio. Learn to choose the right company, fund, and investment strategy with confidence.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with: 

  • The confidence to intelligently manage an investment portfolio alongside a financial advisor
  • The ability to estimate returns on equity investments and investigate offshore financial investments 
  • Knowledge of key investment philosophies and constraints, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of pooled investing 
  • The ability to distinguish between alternative asset classes, financial markets and products, as well as the understanding to make informed investment decisions

Is this course for you?

This course is ideal for anyone interested in investing, but who has no formal knowledge or qualification of the subject. It will also benefit professionals who have a background in finance, but little exposure to investing specifically.

These professionals will gain a greater understanding of investment products, including offshore investments, and asset classes such as cryptocurrencies. Through the course, students will become equipped to consider investments from a global perspective, while working towards their own financial reward.


Course curriculum

Gain practical insight into investment management as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus 
  • Module 1 An introduction to investing
  • Module 2 The effects of the economy
  • Module The share market
  • Module 4 Interest bearing investments
  • Module 5 Other asset classes and investments
  • Module 6 Pooled investing
  • Module 7 Offshore investments
  • Module 8 Investment philosophies and constraints

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Learn to make intelligent investment decisions and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 5 October 2020.

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    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.