The PhD (Economics) programme is a research degree, requiring the completion of supervised as well as independent research resulting in peer-reviewed publication. Students interested in pursuing the PhD (Economics)-degree programme are expected to have completed the equivalent of the MPhil (Economics) programme, including advanced topics courses. Students who have not completed the required courses, can still be considered for the degree, but will be required to either complete the necessary courses, as part of a bridging arrangement, or register for the MPhil in Economics.
Not all postgraduate programmes are offered every year. Please consult the relevant faculty's student administration concerning the presentation of this programme.
- Relevant master’s degree
- A cumulative weighted average of at least 65% for the master’s degree
The Dean has the right of authorisation regarding matters not provided for in the General Academic Regulations or the Faculty regulations.
Other programme-specific information
The thesis contributes 100% towards the total requirements for the degree.
Renewal of registration
Refer to General Academic Regulations G44.
Students are expected to complete the degree within three years. Thus, significant progress must be made each year. Each student and supervisor will sign an MOU regarding expectations, and at the end of each year, student progress will be assessed by the department’s postgraduate committee, which reserves the right to recommend that a student not be allowed to continue with their programme of study.
Examinations and pass requirements
The thesis should be passed in accordance with the stipulations of General Academic Regulations G50 and G54.
Refer to General Academic Regulations G50 and G54.
At least one article from the thesis must (at the very least) be submitted for publication before the degree can be awarded. Furthermore, students are expected to present their findings on a continuous basis within the department’s seminar series.
University of Pretoria Programme Qualification Mix (PQM) verification project
The higher education sector has undergone an extensive alignment to the Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework (HEQF) across all institutions in South Africa. In order to comply with the HEQSF, all institutions are legally required to participate in a national initiative led by regulatory bodies such as the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The University of Pretoria is presently engaged in an ongoing effort to align its qualifications and programmes with the HEQSF criteria. Current and prospective students should take note that changes to UP qualification and programme names, may occur as a result of the HEQSF initiative. Students are advised to contact their faculties if they have any questions.