Honours Programmes in Economics (2023 and 2024)

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779 Honours programme in Economics and Mathematical Statistics

Admission requirements

Students have to be accepted for honours studies in both the Department of Economics (at least 65% average for Economics 3) and the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science (at least 65% average for Mathematical Statistics 3).

Mathematics in the final Senior Certificate (Matric) Examination:

  • Minimum of at least a 6 (70%)

Selection

Selection of students in accordance with the University's official selection policy may be unavoidable due to the limited number of students that can be accommodated on the programme.

Duration

12 months. Programme must be completed within 3 years of date of first registration. If not, the compulsory modules need to be redone.

Credits

A minimum of 164 credits.

Assessment

Examinations are written at the end of the first semester in June and at the end of the second semester in November. Examination results are supplemented by the assessment of course work, including a relatively large number of essays and a research assignment.

Programme content

The programme comprises at least 54 credits (4 modules) from Economics and 48 credits (4 modules) from Mathematical Statistics. Two additional modules must be taken from Economics and/or Mathematical Statistics and 42 credits are earned from an assignment consisting of a statistical application in a field of economics, with joint supervision from both departments.

Compulsory modules (98 or 110 credits):

Assignment (statistical application on economic data) (42)

Macroeconomics (12)

Microeconomics (12)

Econometrics (20)

Multivariate Statistical Analysis (both semesters) (24) or Stochastic Simulation (12).

Electives in Economics (minimum 10 and maximum 38 credits. Not all these modules are necessarily available every year. Modules listed in this table count for 10 credits each):

Course outlines of modules can be found here

20232024 (preliminary, subject to change)
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1 Semester 2
Development Economics Economics of Education I Development Economics Economics of Education I
Economic History Financial Economics Economic History Financial Economics
Public Economics Industrial Organisation Public Economics Industrial Organisation
  Monetary Economics   Monetary Economics
  Behavioural Economics   Behavioural Economics
  International Finance   International Finance
  International Trade Theory and Policy   International Trade Theory and Policy
  Capita Selecta   Capita Selecta
Not offered every year
Economics of Discrimination Labour Economics    Institutional Economics
  Health Economics    
  Economics of Technological Change    

Electives in Mathematical Statistics (with Multivariate Statistical Analysis minimum 24 and maximum 36 credits; with Stochastic Simulation minimum 36 and maximum 48 credits):

Please note

The first semester of a two-semester module is a requirement for continuing study in the second semester.

-    Multivariate Statistical Analysis* (1st semester 12 credits; both semesters 24 credits)

-    Time Series Analysis (12)

-    Stochastic Simulation* (12)

-    Data mining (12)

* If not already taken as compulsory modules

Medium of instruction

English.

Closing date for application

Applications for a specific year must be received by the end of October of the previous year (South African citizens). For international students the closing date is the end of September of the previous year.

Commencement of programme

10 January 2022 (this date is subject to change in response to Covid-19 regulations).

 

Information for the programme in Economics (including pure and financial economics) can be found here.

 

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