1. Relevant BComHons degree
2. A cumulative weighted average of at least 65% for the honours degree
Other programme-specific information
- Any other module on master’s level approved by the relevant head of department can constitute an elective.
- Candidates who consider pursuing a doctoral degree are required to complete the MPhil (Economics).
- A minimum number of at least five candidates are required to register before a module is presented.
- The department furthermore reserves the right not to present a module if the particular expertise in that module is not available in the department for that year.
- Each candidate is only allowed to register twice for a particular module. Exam entry in all subjects requires a minimum 40%. In order to continue on the programme, all students must receive exam entry in every module. Students cannot be registered on the programme more than two years.
Examinations and pass requirements
The pass mark for both a dissertation and a mini-dissertation is 50%. The provisions regarding pass requirements for dissertations, contained in General Academic Regulation G36, apply with the necessary changes to mini-dissertations.
A pass mark of at least 50% is required in the examination of each module.
The research component comprises the writing of a mini-dissertation. The postgraduate programme manager will appoint a supervisor, based on the mutual interests of the candidate and the supervisor. Once a supervisor agrees to work with a candidate, the candidate will continue to work under the guidance of his/her supervisor to complete the research and to develop and finalise a mini-dissertation according to departmental guidelines and regulations.
The mini-dissertation contributes 67% towards the total requirements for the degree.
Mini-dissertations, curricula and modules
- The degree programme requires that a mini-dissertation must be submitted.
- Information on modules, credits and syllabi is available on the yearbook.
- A module in Research Methodology is compulsory in the programme, although it is incorporated into the mini-dissertation mark. The Dean may, on the recommendation of the relevant head of department, waive the prerequisites.
- The mini-dissertation should be written in consultation with the supervisor, and is to be submitted either by 30 November to graduate in April or May 31 to graduate in September. The mini-dissertation should be submitted to the postgraduate administrator in the department, with the approval of the supervisor. If the supervisor does not approve, the student should approach the postgraduate committee of the department. That committee will make a final recommendation on submission.
Article for publication
There is no expectation that an article be published from the research conducted in the mini-dissertation.
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.