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Politics, Philosophy and Economics, B.Com.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #403 (QS) Johannesburg, South Africa
Specialising in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg gives you an understanding of political, philosophical, and economic ideas; the nature of political institutions; political processes and decision-making; how economic systems work; the causes of poverty and wealth; and how to promote development. 
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The Politics, Philosophy and Economics BCom(PPE) specialisation gives you a broad and deep understanding of the world, as well as a wide range of thinking skills required for high-level engagement.

In the first year of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, you will take economics, politics, and philosophy, as well as a selection of general BCom first-year subjects.

From second to third year level, you will continue to major in economics and either politics or philosophy.

You can also choose to do a BA(PPE) or to take politics or philosophy as part of a general BCom degree.

Career Opportunities

  • Academia
  • Civil Service
  • Development
  • Diplomatic Corps
  • Economics
  • International Banking or Finance
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Economic Theory  (Microeconomics for Economists)
  • Economic Theory  (Macroeconomic for Economists)
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality 
  • Introduction to Political Studies 
  • States, Power and Governance
  • Computational Mathematics 
  • Business Statistics 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • APS
  • 39+
  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language
  • Level 5
  • Mathematics
  • Level 5
  • Wait listing
  • Applicants with an APS of 35-38, as well as English Level 6 and Mathematics Level 6, will be wait-listed subject to place availability.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5086 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5086 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    2543 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2543 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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R47830 - 53940

Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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