The Bachelor of Commerce Honours specialising in Economics [CH001ECO01] aims to expose graduates – who meet the acceptance criteria -  to a range of specialised topics and refine the skills needed to pursue successful research and professional careers. This is the ideal programme if you find economics exceptionally interesting and want a deeper understanding of the subject.

The first semester concentrates on theory and empirical techniques. Still, during the second semester, you really get to apply these concepts to real-world situations in the electives that cover development economics, environmental economics, international finance, economic challenges of Africa, the analysis of survey data, and policy analysis. You will be taught by senior staff members in the department, who are experienced and highly reputable academics that have also worked in the policy environment.

Duration of the programme:

Offered over one year full-time. The programme begins in January.

Prescribed curriculum/programme structure:

The programme comprises three core (compulsory) courses, one core non-credit-bearing pre-course in the first semester, four elective courses in the second semester, and a research paper. The total credits for the standard programme are 134 HEQF credits.

Non-credit bearing pre-course:

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits NQF Level
ECO4112F Mathematics and Statistics for Economics 0 8

Compulsory courses (totalling 78 NQF credits)

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits NQF Level
ECO4021W Research & Writing (Research Paper) 30 8
ECO4006F Macroeconomics 16 8
ECO4007F Microeconomics 16 8
ECO4016F Econometrics 16 8

Four special topics in advanced economics were selected from the following options for a total of 56

NQF credits.*

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits NQF Level
ECO4051S Development Economics 14 8
ECO4052S Environmental Economics 14  8
ECO4053S Financial Economics 14 8
ECO4013S International Finance 14 8
ECO4020S Economic Challenges of Africa 14  8
ECO4032S Economics of Industry, Regulation and Firms 14 8
ECO4026S   The Economy and its Financial Markets 14 8


Analysis of Survey Data 14 8
ECO4028S Policy Analysis 14 8
ECO4029S Experiments in Economics 14 8
ECO4113S Labour Economics 14 8
ECO4114S The Economics of Conflict 14 8
ECO4131S Digital Economics 14 8
ECO4132S Economics of Inequality: Causes, Consequences & policy 14 8

* Business Science (Economics stream) students must take three options in addition to BUS4050W.

For more information on the courses, please refer to Commerce Postgraduate Handbook.