UCT Economics

UCT Economics

UCT Economics,
Welcome to the home page of the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town.

The School of Economics is one of the largest departments in the University, offering tuition to more than 3000 undergraduate students and approximately 150 postgraduate students. The department consists of over 30 staff members who cover a broad range of disciplines in economics in their teaching and research. In addition, the School has a strong research focus and hosts several active research units.

This site provides access to a range of information regarding study, research and student life in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town.

Message from Head of School of Economics
South Africa faces enormous development challenges. Unemployment, inequality and poverty are unacceptably high. Economic growth has remained stubbornly low. As one of the leading Schools of Economics in South Africa, we have a responsibility to play a leading in dealing with these challenges through our academic research and our teaching. This is a challenge we take seriously.
Economics forms the foundation of any commerce-related degree at university, not only at UCT, but at universities around the world. However, it is more than just a tool to think about business. Economics is a social science. The discipline is grounded solidly in the analysis of the social and economic relationships that underpin societies. Economics is therefore of great relevance to the development and social challenges facing South Africa.
Economics has many dimensions. It speaks to a wide audience. At a macro level we ask the following type of questions: Why are some countries poor and others rich? What drives the high unemployment rates in South Africa? How do countries develop over time? What is the role of government in the economy? What causes recessions and booms?
At a microeconomic level we study the behaviour and outcomes of individuals and firms. A major strength of our School is the depth of our research using household level data to better understand questions such as: How do workers find jobs and how do firms find workers? What is the effect of government transfers on individuals within households? Why can’t the youth find jobs? Why are some industries dominated by one or two large companies (e.g. beer production) while others are characterised by a large number of small firms (e.g. furniture producers and building contractors).
One strength of economics is that it provides a theoretical lens through which to make sense of a complex world. But theory itself is only one part of the story. Within the School we emphasise the teaching of analytical and empirical tools to test whether these theories are consistent with the data. In this regard, UCT’s School of Economics has a number of affiliated research units that do cutting-edge research in fields ranging from environmental policy to poverty alleviation and development policy. Through this research we aim to better understand how the world works.
UCT economics degrees are very well regarded locally and internationally. Our postgraduate students are widely accepted into top international universities for PhD studies. We attract a wide range of students into our programmes from across Africa. Despite the financial crisis and the economic slowdown, a sizeable number of UCT graduates in Economics have found excellent employment opportunities in commercial banks, the South African Reserve Bank and asset management companies and consulting firms like KPMG, McKinsey’s and Genesis Analytics. Many graduates are also employed in a provincial and national government departments, while others have become researchers in universities, non-government organizations and multi-lateral organisation such as the World Bank.
Our role is to contribute towards the development of the student and society more broadly. We encourage you to participate with us in this challenge.

Lawrence Edwards, Director of School of Economics, University of Cape Town

Course Code Course Title View Info
ECO1006F Economics for Non–Specialists View Info
ECO1007S Economics For Engineers View Info
ECO1010 F AND S Microeconomics View Info
ECO1011 F AND S Macroeconomics View Info
ECO1110 F AND S Microeconomics View Info
ECO2003F Microeconomics II View Info
ECO2003P Microeconomics II View Info
ECO2004P Macroeconomics II View Info
ECO2004S Macroeconomics II View Info
ECO2007 F AND S Co-operation and competition View Info
ECO2008S Development Economics View Info
ECO3009F Natural Resource Economics View Info
ECO3016F History of Economic Thought View Info
ECO3020F Advanced Macro amd Micro Economics View Info
ECO3021S Quantitative Methods in Economics View Info
ECO3022S Advanced Labour Economics View Info
ECO3023S Public Sector Economics View Info
ECO3024F International Trade and Finance View Info
ECO3025S Applied International Trade Bargaining View Info
ECO4006F Macroeconomics View Info
ECO4007F Microeconomics View Info
ECO4013S International Finance View Info
ECO4016F Econometrics View Info
ECO4020S Economic Challenges in Africa View Info
ECO4021W Research And Writing I View Info
ECO4026S The Economy And Its Financial Markets View Info
ECO4027S The Analysis Of Survey Data View Info
ECO4028S Policy Analysis View Info
ECO4029S Experiments In Economics View Info
ECO4032S Economics of Industry Regulation and Firms View Info
ECO4051S Development Economics View Info
ECO4052S Environmental Economics View Info
ECO4053S Financial Economics View Info
ECO4100Z ECO4120Z Security Legislation View Info
ECO4102Z ECO4122Z Portfolio Optimisation View Info
ECO4103Z ECO4123Z Fixed Income Security Analysis View Info
ECO4104ZECO4124Z Financial Modelling and Statistics Module View Info
ECO4105Z Economics Module View Info
ECO4105Z & ECO4125Z Economics Module View Info
ECO4108Z ECO4128Z Futures ‚ Options And Derivatives View Info
ECO4112F Mathematics And Statistics For Economists View Info
ECO4113S Labour Economics View Info
ECO4114S The Economics Of Conflict ‚ War And Peace View Info
ECO4115S Consumption and Microeconomic Theory View Info
ECO4116F Cross-Sectional Econometric Methods View Info
ECO4117F Panel Data Methods View Info
ECO4118S Applied Labour Economics View Info
ECO4119F The Analysis of Complex Surveys View Info
ECO4120S Research Project View Info
ECO4121S Welfare Measurement View Info
ECO4121Z ECO4101Z Corporate Finance And Equity Valuation View Info
ECO4126Z ECO4106Z Honours Long Essay View Info
ECO4129Z ECO4109Z Accounting For Portfolio Managers View Info
ECO5000W Masters In Economics Full Dissertation View Info
ECO5001 F AND S Private Impulses, Public Costs View Info
ECO5003F Governance And Growth View Info
ECO5011F Quantitative Methods of Economics View Info
ECO5020F Advanced Microeconomics View Info
ECO5021F Advanced Macroeconomics View Info
ECO5023W Minor Dissertation View Info
ECO5030S Economics Growth: Theory and Evidence View Info
ECO5046F Advanced Econometrics View Info
ECO5050S International Finance View Info
ECO5052S Natural Resource Economics View Info
ECO5057S Labour Economics View Info
ECO5062S Applied International Trade View Info
ECO5064S Views Of Institutional & Behavioural Economics View Info
ECO5066W Masters In Econimics Half Dissertation View Info
ECO5069S Applied Time Series Analysis View Info
ECO5070S Microeconometrics View Info
ECO5073F Problems Of Globalisation ‚ Industrialisation And Development View Info
ECO5074S Research & Policy Tools: Development Impact And Evaluation View Info
ECO5075S Macroeconomics policy & design in low income countries View Info
ECO5076S Development Microeconomics View Info
ECO5077S Industrial Organisation View Info
ECO6000W Phd in Economics View Info
ECO6007F Microeconomics II View Info

Undergraduate Programmes
At UCT, as at universities all over the world, enrolments in economics classes are growing rapidly. An undergraduate degree in economics not only prepares you for entrance into the world of business, finance and management, but also provides an excellent background for those entering into the field of agricultural economics, international trade, the environment, public policy, education and health. Many economists trained at UCT have taken up managerial positions in the manufacturing, agricultural, mining, banking and financial sectors, and in several public enterprises and state departments.
The School of Economics offers the following undergraduate economics programmes:
(a) Philosophy, Politics & Economics Degree (PPE) (B.Com or B. Soc. Sci.)
(b) Economics & Finance Degree (B. Com.)
(c) Economics & Statistics Degree (B. Com.)
(d) Economics & Law Degree (B. Com.)
In addition, the School of Management Studies offers a Bachelor of Business Science (B.BusSci) Degree specialising in Economics. Click here for further information.
The Humanities Faculty allows students to major in Economics and one other subject in a general Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSci) degree. Click here for further information.

Postgraduate Programmes
The Department of Economics is one of the largest and most successful economics departments in South Africa. With over 30 faculty members, the department is able to offer a wide range of postgraduate courses within the coursework Honours and Masters programmes. .
In 2003 an exciting new coursework PhD programme was introduced i.e. the AERC Collaborative Programme. In this programme students take some courses in Cape Town and some in Nairobi over two years and then write a dissertation. We also offer purely research-based degrees at both Masters and PhD level, as well as a popular part-time Honours programme in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management.
UCT’s postgraduate economics degrees carry full international recognition because of their carefully designed content, which makes them comparable with similar programmes abroad.
Term Dates: The Masters and Honours degrees commence three weeks prior to the official start of the University term. Please contact the Postgraduate Administrator for the exact term dates.

The School of Economics offers the following Postgraduate Programmes:

Postgraduate Diploma

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Survey Data Analysis for Development

Honours Programmes

  • Honours in Economics
  • Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management

Masters Programmes

  • Masters Programmes in Economics by Coursework and Dissertation
  • Specialising in Economics
  • Specialising in Economic Science
  • Specialising in Applied Economics 
  • Specialising in Economic Development
  • Masters by Dissertation only

Doctorate Programmes
Please note that the closing date for the AERC Collaborative PhD programme is 31 July. Please note this earlier closing date.

  • PhD by Dissertation
  • PhD by Coursework and Dissertation (Including the AERC Collaborative Programme) 
FOR MORE INFORMATION: CommercePG Handbook 2018

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Survey Data Analysis for Development Convenor: Dr Andrew Kerr andrew.kerr@uct.ac.za 
  • FAPM  (email: fapm2018enquiries@vula.uct.ac.za)
  • Graduate AdministratorPaula Bassingthwaighte , (email:paula.bassingthwaighte@uct.ac.za)
  • Graduate Assistant: Yasmina Charles, (email: yasmina.charles@uct.ac.za)

General Information

  • Financial Support
  • Note on Plagiarism
  • Senate’s rules regarding plagiarism

Contact Us

Contact Us at the School of Economics
The School of Economics is located at the Middle Campus‚ UCT, Rondebosch
General Enquiries
Tel: (021) 650–5751
Fax: (021) 650–2854
Senior Secretary: Thembisa Nyamakazi,  thembisa.nyamakazi@uct.ac.za
Departmental Manager: Nondwe De Caires at nondwe.decaires@uct.ac.za
Postgraduate Office: yasmina.charles@uct.ac.za and paula.bassingthwaighte@uct.ac.za
Undergraduate Office: Samantha.vanderross@uct.ac.za; Alison.arendse@uct.ac.za; lorenzo.plat@uct.ac.za
Postal Address:
School of Economics
Faculty of Commerce
University of Cape Town
Private Bag
If you require information regarding admissions and requests for application forms‚ please use the main UCT website at www.uct.ac.za and follow the links for applying for studying at the University.