36 months
6244 USD/year
3122 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Economics programme from University of Pretoria is a three-year full-time programme in which students are introduced to economic theory, economic policy and empirical issues associated with economic analysis. 

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The core modules for specialisation in economics are economics and statistics, although mathematics is also an important component. In the first year of study students become thoroughly acquainted with the principles of economics with special emphasis on the South African economy and its challenges. Students are also introduced to economic theories and concepts and the basic instruments of macro- and microeconomics. 

In the second year of study the focus is on intermediate economic theory focusing on both microeconomics and macroeconomics. In the third year of study modern economic analysis is emphasised while particular attention is paid to public policy, international trade, economic analysis and growth and development. The latter is the central economic policy challenge in Africa and South Africa in particular. 

Graduates of the Economics programme from University of Pretoria are primarily employed as analysts, consultants, researchers or traders in either the private or public sectors. The government, the South African Reserve Bank, private and commercial banks and leading local and international stockbrokers and consultancies commonly employ graduates in economics. Students are strongly advised to proceed with postgraduate studies.

Economics entails an understanding of how the world works through concepts such as: growth in production (output); money, prices and inflation; international trade; unemployment; inequality and social infrastructure.

Career Opportunities

Economists may specialise in banking, public finance, international trade and investment or economic development. They are employed by the government, the central bank, private and commercial banks, stock brokerage firms and consultancies, both locally and internationally. Positions include analysts, consultants, researchers, traders and academics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Economics
  • Financial accounting
  • Informatics 
  • Business management
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications will close when the available study spaces are filled (close on availability of space). All applicants are therefore strongly advised and encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible after 1 April and to check the application site regularly.


418 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants with school-leaving qualifications other than the South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) or Independent Examination Board (IEB) should meet the following admission requirements for undergraduate studies at the University of Pretoria.
  • The first requirement to study a bachelor’s degree in South Africa is a Universities South Africa (USAf) exemption. USAf coordinates and issues exemption certificates based on the prescribed requirements stipulated in the gazetted exemption regulation. All applicants who obtained a school-leaving qualification other than the South African NSC or IEB, must submit a Certificate of Complete Exemption* or Foreign Conditional Exemption obtainable from USAf. The University of Pretoria no longer accepts exemption based on mature age.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6244 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6244 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    3122 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3122 USD per year during 36 months.
  • SADC Countries: From $3 122–3 772
  • Non-SADC countries: From $6 244–7 544

Living costs for Pretoria

8592 - 10309 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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