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Programme: PhD (Agricultural Economics)

Code Faculty Department
02261030 Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Department: Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development
Credits Duration NQF level SAQA ID
Minimum duration of study: 2 years Total credits: 360 NQF level:  10 SAQA ID:  4871

Programme information

  1. This programme consists of a thesis.
  2. All students need to follow a preparatory programme for the thesis which is not part of the degree programme.
  3. This preparatory programme should at least cover the following modules or their equivalents:
    1. Any two modules in economic or applied economic theory (eg Microeconomics or Macroeconomics)
    2. One module in quantitative methods (Econometrics, Applied econometrics, Quantitative methods, or Partial equilibrium modelling)
    3. One module in the field of specialisation (institutional economics, science and technology policy, food policy, etc).
    4. Attend the Department’s Research Methods Module
  4. These modules must be completed within the first two years of registration.
  5. The failure of more than two modules will lead to exclusion.
  6. Failed modules may be repeated once only.
  7. A research proposal must be presented to the Department within 18 months of first registration.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Admission requirements

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


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