UP Economics



UP Economics

UP Economics, The Department of Economics at the University of Pretoria is committed to the University’s vision of being globally competitive and locally relevant. Our courses and programmes are benchmarked against the best international practices to enable our students to ‘work and play anywhere in the world’.



Word of welcome

Welcome to the virtual home of the Department of Economics at the University of Pretoria, one of the leading academic institutions on the African continent. We are fortunate to be located in Pretoria, which is the administrative capital of South Africa and the centre of policymaking in the country as well. Pretoria is also close to Sandton, the financial capital of South Africa.
We have been able to leverage our comparative advantage in location – proximity to South African policymakers and financial institutions – to recruit excellent faculty and train the next generation of academics and policymakers. Our faculty undertakes research and provides academic leadership in monetary and fiscal policy, economic growth and development, health policy and trade policy. We are also working to build capacity in support of teaching and research objectives related to financial markets and political economy.

We are excited about the future prospects of South Africa and the rest of the African continent. The majority of our faculty and students hail from South Africa and many other countries on the continent, and we have working relationships with many African research, teaching and development institutions.
If you are a prospective student or the parent of a prospective student, rest assured. We offer an internationally recognised degree, while helping students develop the skills desired by public and private sector employers in South Africa and beyond. Our students find jobs both locally and internationally, and many of our students have successfully pursued further studies in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
 



Undergraduate course

Prospective students must consult the faculty yearbook and/or the undergraduate brochure for more information on admission requirements of the programmes offered.
 The Department of Economics offers the following undergraduate degrees:

What does the degree entail?
The BCom Economics is a three-year (full-time) degree course, during which time students are introduced to various economic principles. The core modules for specialisation in Economics are Economics and Statistics. In the first year of study, students become thoroughly acquainted with the South African economy and its challenges. Students are also introduced to economic theory and
concepts, as well as the basic tools of micro- and macro-economics. In the second year of study, the focus is on advanced economic theory and instruments. In the third year of study, modern economic policy-making and analysis are emphasised, while particular attention is given to public policy, international trade, economic analysis and the history of economic thought.
What can be achieved with the degree?
Graduates are employed as analysts, consultants, researchers, traders or academics in both the private and public sectors. The government, central bank, private and commercial banks, leading stockbrokers and consultancies, both locally and internationally, also employ Economics graduates. Students are strongly advised to proceed with studies at the postgraduate level.



What does the degree entail?
The BCom Econometrics is a three-year (full-time) degree course, during which time students are introduced to various economic principles. The core modules for specialisation in Econometrics are Economics, Statistics or Mathematical Statistics and Mathematics. Econometrics is the measurement and quantitative analysis of actual economic and business phenomena. For the professional, econometrics is a fascinating set of techniques that allows the measurement and analysis of economic phenomena and the forecast of future economic trends. It attempts to quantify economic theory and the real world of human activity. The discipline is relevant to public policy, including health, education, transportation, housing and environmental protection. The techniques and results can also be applied to other disciplines, including social sciences, such as history, political science, sociology and psychology.
What can be achieved with the degree?
Graduates are employed as analysts, consultants, researchers, traders or academics, in both the private and public sectors. The government, central bank, private and commercial banks, leading stockbrokers and consultancies, both locally and internationally, also employ Economics graduates. Students are strongly advised to proceed with studies on the postgraduate level.
 



Short Courses

Current short courses offered by the Department of Economics
       Short courses in Econometrics:

  • Econometrics for the Practitioner
  • Econometric Analysis of Cointegration
  • Econometric Analysis of Panel Data

      Short course in Economic Analysis:

  • Economic Indicators: Monitoring the SA Economy
  • Introduction to computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling

The African Tax Institute offers various short courses in Tax Policy and Tax Administration.

      Planned and possible short course offerings for 2018 include:
  • Time Series Econometrics for the Practitioner (June/November)
  • Advanced Times Series Econometrics (November)
  • Econometric Analysis of Panel Data (June/November)
  • Computable General Equilibrium Modelling (May)
  • Economic Indicators: Analysing the South African Economy (June/November)
  • Basic Principles of Economics (TBA)
  • Cross-Section Econometrics for the Practitioner (TBA)
  • Advanced Cross-Section Econometrics (TBA)
  • Applied Econometric Methods Using STATA (TBA)
  • Applied Econometric Methods Using R (TBA)
  • Nonparametric Analysis (TBA)

 

Study guides

Honours programme
Masters programme

Contact us

Physical Address
Tukkiewerf
University of Pretoria
Cnr Lynnwood and University Roads
Hatfield
0083

Client Service Centre
Tel:  012 420 3111
Fax:  012 362 5168/362 5190
E-mail: ssc@up.ac.za

Department of Economics
Private bag X20
Hatfield
0028

Departmental Administrator
+27 (0)12 420 2413
louise.cromhout@up.ac.za
Postgraduate:
+27 (0)12 420 2423
sindi.magwaza@up.ac.za


Faculty Student Administration
Fax: 012 420 3063