WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$5,747 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Commerce
Campus:Middle Campus
Application Deadline: 31 July 2021
Programme Overview

This programme is offered in collaboration with other universities in sub-Saharan Africa and supported by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) through donor funding. Its distinguishing features are the integration of advanced theory, tools and African applications in the academic programme


The programme comprises a thesis, with advanced courses as a pre-requisite to registering for the thesis.

A candidate will ordinarily complete the coursework in the first two years before proceeding to the thesis. The programme is equivalent to 360 NQF credits. The pre-requisite courses are non-credit bearing for this programme.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Candidates who possess a minimum of a second class (lower division) master’s degree in Economics by coursework are eligible to apply. Candidates with a Master of Economic Science degree are eligible to apply.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $18

How to apply

Postgraduate applications are only possible online and must be submitted at

If you need help in completing your application, or advice about your choice of programme, contact:
Tel: (021) 650-2128 or email:
The Admissions Office is located on Level 4, Masingene Building, Middle
Campus, and will where necessary refer you to a faculty office or department for more details information or advice.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities are;
– Economist.
– Financial risk analyst.
– Data analyst.
– Financial planner.
– Accountant.
– Economic researcher.
– Financial consultant.
– Investment analyst.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $5,747
Tuition Fees for International Students: $5,747

Please note that fees and payment requirements differ for local and international students. A further distinction is made between international students from the SADC region, international students from elsewhere in Africa, and international students from outside Africa. The following information does not apply to students registering at the Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Students must pay the Course Fees for the selected courses, plus an International Admin Service Fee of R4, 000 plus the International Term Fee where applicable
– International Admin Service Fee – R4000
– International Term Fee from outside Africa- R49900
– International Term Fee Non-SADC – R37263
– South Africa and SADC Application fee – R100
– Outside of SADC region – R300

Relevant Contact

Prof. Reza C Daniels
Programme Convener
Mrs Yasmina Charles
Postgraduate Administrative Officer