Blockchain and Digital Currency: The Future of Money online short course

Course starts 25 January 2021

Course information

Registration Closes:
19 January 2021
Course Starts:
25 January 2021
6 weeks, excluding orientation
7–9 hours per week, entirely online
ZAR R9,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


It’s no longer enough to simply know about cryptocurrencies. With crypto assets and blockchain technologies growing at unprecedented rates, professionals need the ability to analyse and understand how the latest developments in the finance industry will fundamentally change the way the financial system functions in the present and near-future. Organisations that adapt their offerings to either compete with cryptocurrencies or offer services that support the industry are best positioned to take advantage of the rise of crypto assets.

The Blockchain and Digital Currency: The Future of Money online short course from the University of Cape Town (UCT) provides you with a deeper understanding of how blockchain works – and exists – within the current and future financial system. Over six weeks, you’ll explore the growing field of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and discover how they are influencing the future of the financial industry through an emerging market perspective. You’ll also investigate the ethical implications of investing in the crypto asset industry, and discover how ethics and governance can shape new financial infrastructure for the benefit of society.

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with the enhanced skills and up-to-date industry knowledge of blockchain and cryptocurrencies needed to take advantage of the opportunities it creates.

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What will set you apart

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

  • An understanding of how blockchain technology fits into the existing financial systems, and how applications such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other crypto assets can be used

  • Insight into crypto asset and digital currencies in the South African and emerging market context

  • Knowledge of CBDCs that will help you stay abreast of the latest developments that are shaping the future of finance

  • An understanding of the ethical considerations that are associated with the rise of the crypto asset industry

Is this course for you? 

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in new forms of money, particularly those involved in the financial industry, governments, central banks, and individuals involved in crypto assets in their personal capacity. Those who want to expand their working knowledge of blockchain and crypto assets to augment their role will also benefit. Professionals who already understand blockchain and digital currencies will walk away with future-focused skills that can be immediately applied within their role or business context. This course is broken up into weekly modules with incremental deadlines created to allow working professionals improve their skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities.

Course curriculum

Understand how blockchain technology will impact your industry as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Blockchain principles
  • Module 2 Applying blockchain technology
  • Module 3 Crypto assets and the future of financial instruments
  • Module 4 The evolution of financial markets
  • Module 5 Programmable money
  • Module 6 Ethics and governance of a new financial system

Your Course Convenor

The design of this online short course is guided by UCT faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Co-Pierre Georg

Co-Pierre Georg

Associate Professor, African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management, UCT

Guest Lecturers


Co-Pierre Georg

Associate Professor, University of Cape Town Course Convenor

Kungela Mzuku

Subject Matter Expert

Naomi Snyman

Lead: Emerging Technology R&D Innovation, Standard Bank Group


Anushka Soma-Patel

Co-Chair, Identity Working Group: South African Financial Blockchain Consortium

Illana Melzer

Engagement Manager, 71point4 Lead Consultant

Daniel Bloch

CEO, Seso Global


Julian Kanjere

Blockchain and Data Privacy Researcher

Farzam Ehsani

Co-founder and CEO, VALR

Tanya Knowles

Business Manager, Adhara


Chris Maree

Software Engineer, UMA Protocol

Arif Ismail

Head: Fintech, South African Reserve Bank

Peter Munnings

COO, Adhara


Michael Lee

Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Silvio Micali

Founder, Algorand

Pietro Grassano

Business Solutions Director - Europe, Algorand


Gabriella Razzano

Legal Consultant

Nolwazi Hlophe

Regulatory Program Lead, Digital Frontiers Institute

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Learn about blockchain and crypto assets, and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

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


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 25 January 2021.

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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    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.