Postgraduate degree programmes in economics are offered at three different levels. These are a taught honours economics programmes, a master’s economics programme by dissertation research and a doctoral economics programme by thesis research.
1.5.1 Economics Honours
Economics Honours is offered on full–time basis at both the Alice and East London Campuses. Learners can specialise either in the General or Transport Economics Stream at the Alice Campus or in the Financial Markets Stream at the East London Campus, subject to approval. No matter which of the three streams is chosen, the Honours programme will be invaluable to those wishing to broaden and deepen their understanding of various economics issues and / or pursue a career in the Corporate- or Government governance, Transport, Business and Enterprise, or any other areas requiring applied research.
22.214.171.124 Admission Requirements for Honours
A candidate should have obtained an average of 60% and above for all the Economics 3 modules to be admitted to the honours programme. Additionally the HOD or a designate may require an applicant to have a personal interview to determine the suitability of the candidate for the honours degree.
126.96.36.199 Honours Curriculum
The degree curriculum consists of a mini dissertation on a topic to be chosen from the field of specialisation, a set of compulsory and elective modules to be taken over a year. The details of the degree curriculum are as follows:
CURRICULUM- General Economics Stream, 60502 (Alice Campus)
Core Modules (80 Credits) Credits Electives (48 Credits) Three of: Credits
Mini‑Dissertation 32 Monetary Economics 16
Microeconomics 16 MathematicalEconomics 16
Macroeconomics 16 Contemp. Intern’l Trade Theory & Policy 16
Econometric Techniques 16 PublicFinance 16
Industrial Economics 16
Eco. Develop. of the SA Economy in the 20thC 16
CURRICULUM- Transport Economics Stream, 60512 (Alice Campus)
Core Modules Credits Electives Credits
80 credits 16 credits (Choose 1 of the following courses)
Mini‑ Dissertation 32 Contemp.Intern’lTradeTheory&Policy 16
Microeconomics 16 Eco.Develop.oftheSAEconomyinthe20thC 16
Macroeconomics 16 Industrial Economics 16
Econometric Techniques 16 PublicFinance16
32credits(2ndsemester) DevelopmentalEconomics 16
Transport Economics 16 International Finance 16
Environmental & Resources Eco 16 Monetary Economics 16
CURRICULUM- Financial Markets Stream, 60511 (East London Campus)
Core Modules Credits Additional Modules Credits
80 credits 64 credits
Mini‑Dissertation 32 Monetary Economics 16
Microeconomics 16 Debt Markets 8
Macroeconomics, Policy & FM 16 Equity Markets 8
Econometric Techniques 16 Financial Economics 8
Foreign Exchange Markets 8
Derivative Markets 8
Financial Market Micro structure & Regulation 8
NB: Not all of the abovementioned compulsory and optional modules in the Honours course structure are offered in any given year. The availability of options depends on teaching arrangements in the Department. Learners are advised to enquire before registering.
Learners who specialize in transport economics and or financial markets will be required to write their mini dissertations on a topic in the relevant field of specialization. These learners may benefit from a capacity development sponsorship of the National Department of Transport or Bankseta whichever is applicable (subject to meeting the qualifying criteria).
1.5.2 Masters of Commerce – Economics (60016) and Doctor of Commerce - Economics (61500)
Both Master’s and Doctoral Degree programmes in Economics by dissertation/thesis are offered at both campuses. These programmes are intended for learners who have the ability to do research independently in an approved area of specialization, under supervision of qualifying staff. It is stipulated that prospective applicants into these programmes will submit a brief research proposal for acceptance to the Head of Department/post graduate coordinator after which a supervisor(s) will be allocated.
For the Masters level a 4-year Bachelors/ Honors degree in Economics is required. For the PhD programme a Masters degree with a pass mark of not less than 60% for the major courses (in the case of coursework Masters) or a good Masters and evidence of scholarly contribution in the case of a research Masters. Submission of synopsis in the area of research is a prerequisite for admission.