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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. 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.            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                                                                          

                                                                                                LabourEconomics                                                               16                                                                          

                                                                                                DevelopmentalEconomics                                                16                                                   

                                                                                                Environmental&ResourceEconomics                             16                                             

                                                                                                Industrial Economics                                                          16

                                                                                                Eco. Develop. of the SA Economy in the 20thC             16

                                                                                                InternationalFinance                                                          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.

Entry Requirements:

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.