Economics and Demography

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 2.6 k / Year(s) Deadline: Oct 31, 2024
155 place StudyQA ranking:5066 Duration:1 year

The School of Economics offers a one-year taught master’s in Economics and Demography, leading to the award of an MCom. The objective of the master’s by coursework is to equip students with the theoretical and technical knowledge required to practise as a professional economist in the public and private sector. All courses, including the compulsory theory courses, include theoretical and empirical applications to reflect the objects of the degree. 

The master’s in Economics and Demography programme comprises four compulsory courses in the first semester, two courses in the second semester, and a compulsory research paper. The degree runs over 12 months. The qualification comprises 195 credits. 

  • ECO5011F Quantitative Methods for Economists
  • ECO5021F Advanced Macroeconomics
  • ECO5020F Advanced Microeconomics OR
  • ECO6007F Microeconomics II
  • ECO5046F Advanced Econometrics
  • DOC5003S Population projections and Modeling
  • ECO5023W Minor Dissertation
  • An average of at least 65% in an honours degree in Economics. 
  • Before admission a candidate shall have completed quantitative courses in Econometrics at honours level, or the equivalent. A candidate, who has not completed these courses, or their equivalent, shall be required to complete this as preliminary work whilst registered as a candidate for the degree in addition to the prescribed courses
  • Applicants with degrees outside South Africa are encouraged (and in some cases may be required) to submit GRE test score. A strong performance in the quantitative segment (above the 80th percentile) is expected. 
  • Students who have completed equivalent courses at the Master level may apply for exemption but not credits, from particular courses. 
  • Further, if students have not previously taken and passed DOC5001F (Basic Demography) or DOC5001S (Basic Demography), or its deemed equivalent at another institution, they will be expected to register for it in the first semester of registration (as a co-requisite but not for credit). 
  • Applicants from universities situated in non-English speaking countries: TOEFL/IELTS certificate OR letter from previous tertiary institution stating “English as medium of instruction” for the programme
  • Curriculum vitae (include work experience)
  • A recent score (obtained within 3 - 5 years before application for admission) of at least 570 (paper-based test) or 230 (computer-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • A recent overall band score of 7.0 (with no individual element of the test scoring below 6.0) on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • OR, noting that this may only be written at certain designated venues within South Africa, a score of at least 65% on the university's Placement Test in English for Educational Purposes (PTEEP).


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