- This programme consists of a thesis.
- All students need to follow a preparatory programme for the thesis which is not part of the degree programme.
- This preparatory programme should at least cover the following modules or their equivalents:
- Any two modules in economic or applied economic theory (eg Microeconomics or Macroeconomics)
- One module in quantitative methods (Econometrics, Applied econometrics, Quantitative methods, or Partial equilibrium modelling)
- One module in the field of specialisation (institutional economics, science and technology policy, food policy, etc).
- Attend the Department’s Research Methods Module
- These modules must be completed within the first two years of registration.
- The failure of more than two modules will lead to exclusion.
- Failed modules may be repeated once only.
- A research proposal must be presented to the Department within 18 months of first registration.
- If these modules or their equivalents have been completed successfully and a PhD proposal has been presented successfully to and approved by the Department’s postgraduate committee, the student may proceed to the research phase and the thesis.
- Students can be exempted from this preparatory programme if equivalent modules are completed at other universities and students can provide evidence that these prerequisites have been met.
- For students with an MInstAgrar or similar qualification, additional modules might be recommended in order to ensure that the candidates’ quantitative abilities are at the same level as someone entering the programme with an MScAgric.
1. MScAgric degree or relevant master’s degree
2. At least 65% for the research component at master’s level
3. A CV with contactable references may be required
4. A copy of final masters dissertation may be required
5. An admission interview may be required
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.