WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,691 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

Agricultural Economics applies economic principles to solve agricultural and agribusiness problems. Our degrees equip graduates for professional and senior management positions, and are highly valued by employers. They give our graduates the flexibility to pursue a wide range of career opportunities.

The Agricultural Economics major can be taken as part of a BScAgric (4 year) degree. Students taking the BScAgric option must major in Economics and Agricultural Economics, and take subjects such as Biometry and Statistics, Animal Science, Crop Science, and Horticultural Science.

After completing a BScAgric degree in Agricultural Economics, graduates may pursue postgraduate studies towards an MScAgric and PhD degree.


Year 1

Semester 1 BIOL101(16), ECON101(16), ISTN101(16), MATH150(16)

Semester 2 BIOL102(16), ECON102(16), (ISTN103(16) or ZULN101(16)), STAT130(16)

Year 2

Semester 1 AGEC220(16), ECON201(16), ACCT101(16), STAT221(16) 101 Agriculture, Engineering and Science

Semester 2 ACCT103(16), AGEC270(16), ECON202(16), 16C from ((AGPS200(16), ANSI201(16), 209(16))

Year 3

Semester 1 AGEC380(16), ECON306(16), 32C from ((AGPS305(16), 307(16), 309(16); ECON315(16))

Semester 2 AGEC370(16), ECON314(16), 309(16), 16C from ECON370(16) or any other level 3

Elective (16) in consultation with the discipline. In order to meet the requirements for the degree, students must pass either ECON315 OR ECON370

Year 4

Semester 1 AGEC750(16), BMET314(8), 316(8), Level-7 Elective(16)

Semester 2 AGEC740(16), Level-7 Electives(32)

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
– NSC degree pass with Maths, English, Life Orientation and Agricultural Science/Physical Science/Life Science at level 4.
– Admission points required: 28-48 (highest scoring students took first; BSc in Industrial and Applied Biotechnology requires a minimum point score of 30).
– The closing date for applications is 30 September.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $28
Application Fees for International Students: $128

Closing dates for Undergraduate Programmes:

Medicine: 30 June
All other programmes: 30 September
– Applications to study must be made in the prescribed manner via the Central Applications
Office (, and must include the presentation of the Matriculation Certificate where specified.
– An applicant who has studied at any other tertiary education institution must, in addition, present an academic record and a certificate of conduct from that institution.

For new admissions:
– APS (Accumulated points score)
– Selections are processed on a sliding scale, on academic merit, with the minimum as per subject requirements.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Farm management specialist for agricultural extension.
– Agricultural policy specialist for public organization.
– Farm manager.
– Farm bureau executive.
– Grain merchandiser.
– Commodity trader.
– International and domestic grain trader.
– Price / risk manager in commodity marketing firm.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,691
Tuition Fees for International Students: $12,747

South African students pay R44626 per year as tuition fees.
Students from SADC countries pay local tuition fees plus a levy of R3400 (R1800 per semester)

Application fee:
– All students from SADC and other African countries pay: R470
– All students from outside of Africa: U$146
– SADC students pay local Fees plus R3 400 levy (levy is R1 700 per semester).
– Students from within Africa but outside SADC and from the rest of the world are required to pay US $ 14 535.00 per annum; i.e. U$ 6 895.00 per semester (first or second) inclusive of the international levy, where registration is required for one semester only to complete a qualification.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Muthulisi Siwela
Academic Leader
Mrs Anusha Maikoo
Undergraduate Administrator