Bachelor of Commerce Honours In Economics

Prof Ferdinand Niyimbanira

Programme Description

The BCom honours in economics programme is a 1 year full-time, 120 credits and NQF exit level 8 qualification which includes compulsory and elective modules. It provides an important route for progression into further postgraduate studies, Masters and Doctoral for those who wish to continue with their studies at the University of Mpumalanga or elsewhere.

The BCom honours academic structure is designed to equip students with advanced economics skills to address the contemporary and complexity of the socio-political and economic challenges of our time. The purpose of this economics honours programme is to provide students with a high level of engagement with economics concepts and theories and on developing intellectual independence of the scholars.

The programme allow BCom graduates to further develop their knowledge and skills in research methodology and quantitative techniques in economics in order to prepare students for research-based postgraduate studies by means of conducting and reporting research under supervision. Upon successful completion of the programme, students are expected to have gained advanced academic knowledge, higher thinking, analytical and problem solving skills in the field of economics.  

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the BCom Honours (Economics) programme a student should have a:
  • a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) with majors in Economics with an average of 60%.
  • a minimum average of 60% in Economics modules in the third year is required for admission.


Career Opportunities

A BCom (Honours) in economics is a great degree to prepare you to work in the private, public or non-profit sectors, or as an entrepreneur running your own business. Career opportunities include, Economists; Researchers; Policy analyst; Investment analysts; Investment bankers, Economic consultants; Managers and many more. 

Curriculum, Credits & Fees

Module description Module code Compulsory (Y/N) Semester Credits
Advanced Econometrics ECN401 Y 1 15
Advanced Macroeconomics ECN402 Y 1 15
Advanced Microeconomics ECN403 Y 1 15
Research Methodology ECN404 Y 1 15
Research Report ECN405 Y 1 & 2 30
Select two(2) elective modules
Development Economics ECN406 N 2 15
Financial Economics ECN407 N 2 15
History of Economic Thought ECN408 N 2 15
International Economics ECN409 N 2 15
International Finance ECN410 N 2 15
Mathematical Economics ECN411 N 2 15
Total credits       120

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