Why study Economics?

Economics enables you to develop and use frameworks and methods to analyse social and economic issues. You will develop an understanding of strategic decision-making and an ability to view issues within a national or international context.

What are the career paths?

Become a consultant for commercial banks or financial institutions; an analyst for the Reserve Bank, Treasury, government departments, consulting firms or research institutes; a trade policy adviser; an international trade consultant; an international business manager; or a financial market analyst. A postgraduate qualification opens up further opportunities.


Programmes available

You can study Economics within the following Business School programmes:

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
The BCom offers Economics as a single major or as a double major alongside one of the other majors offered within the BCom. You can also study the Bachelor of Commerce in Economics as part of a conjoint degree programme where you study for two degrees at once.

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
The BCom (Honours) degree in Economics is one fulltime year of postgraduate study following the Bachelor of Commerce degree. Entry is by invitation only and is based on superior grades in the subject area.

Master of Commerce (MCom)
The Master's degree is a two-year postgraduate programme. The first year is course work, which may be taken as bachelor honours, while the second year comprises a research thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
As a general rule you need to have successfully completed either a bachelor honours degree or masters degree to be eligible to study for a PhD in Economics.

Other programmes where you can study Economics

Economics is also available for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Arts.

Further information about study options can be found on the Faculty of Arts website.