WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,545 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Commerce in Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management
Campus:West Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

The Politics, Philosophy and Economics BCom(PPE) specialisation gives you a broad and deep understanding of the world, as well as a wide range of thinking skills required for high-level engagement.

In the first year, you will take economics, politics, and philosophy, as well as a selection of general BCom first-year subjects.

From second to third year level, you will continue to major in economics and either politics or philosophy.

You can also choose to do a BA(PPE) or to take politics or philosophy as part of a general BCom degree.


First year
– Economic Theory IA (Microeconomics for Economists)
– Economic Theory IB (Macroeconomic for Economists)
– Introduction to Ethics
– Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality I
– Introduction to Political Studies I
– States, Power and Governance
– Computational Mathematics I
– Business Statistics I

Second year
– Economics IIA and IIB
– A student must choose between Politics II and Philosophy II
– History of Philosophy: A Classical and Early Modern Philosophy

AND, one of the following:
– Philosophy of Mind and Psychology II
– Philosophy of Religion II
– Philosophy of Science II
– Social and Politicial Philosophy II
– Theories of Justice II
– Continental Philosophy II
– African Philosophy

OR, two of the following:
– Social Theories of Modernity
– South Africa: Politics and Governance
– Black Consciousness Thought and the Politics of Anti-Racism

A total of 48 credits must be taken from:
– Corporate Finance II
– Investment II
– Principles of Management IIA
– Principles of Management IIB (Entrepreneurships)
– Insurance and Risk Management IIA
– Insurance and Risk Management IIB
– Human Resources IIA
– Human Resources IIB (Labour Relations)
– Consumer Behaviour
– Principles of Marketing IIA
– Integrated Marketing Communications
– Retail Management

Third year
– Economic Science III
– Economic Theory III
– Applied Development Economics III

A total of 72 credits must be selected from either Politics III or Philosophy III, depending of what was taken in second year of study

– Epistemology and Metaphysics III
– Ethics III
– History of Philosophy B: Further Topics in Modern Philosophy III
– Philosophy of Social Science
– Select Movements in 20th Century
– Philosophy III
– A selected topic in Philosophy III
– Senior seminar in Philosophy
– Philosophy of Language III
– Symbolic Logic III
– Philosophy of Art

– Development: Concepts and Experiences
– Liberty, Justice and the Politics of Difference
– Conflict and Stability in Postcolonial Africa
– Selected topics in Political Studies
– Introduction to Comparative Politics
– Politics for Public Service
– Post-Colonial Politics

Admission Requirements

English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 5
Level 5

Wait listing

Applicants with an APS of 35-38, as well as English Level 6 and Mathematics Level 6, will be wait-listed subject to place availability.

International Students
Once you have been accepted to study at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg you need to meet some requirements:
– Letter of Acceptance from the University, accept the offer on the Student Self Service Portal.
– Valid Passport
– Apply for the Study Visa.  When collecting your Study Visa, check the date of issue and expiry. Ensure that the visa is issued for the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg or any of its variations
– Apply for South African Medical Aid Cover with a registered South African Medical Aid Provider until 31 December (Refer to Medical Aid section under “Immigration Information“)
– Make travel arrangements to come to travel to South Africa
– Arrange for funds for fees and living expenses.  The payment for the tuition fees, related costs and on-campus accommodation (if applicable) must be done in advance
– Arrange for a shuttle transfer to Wits University or place of residence.
– Students should bring their Original School Leaving Certificates and /or Tertiary Qualifications for Matriculation Exemption

Application Process
Application Fees for South African and SADC Students: $7
Application Fees for International Students: $46

The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
– Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply.
– Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
– Local Students pay an application fee of R100 while International Students pay R700
– Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Academia
– Civil Service
– Development
– Diplomatic Corps
– Economics
– International Banking or Finance
– Journalism
– Politics
– Research

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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC Students: $3,545
Tuition Fees for International Students: $7,091

Tuition Fees per year for South African Students = R53,940
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = R107880
(The tuition fees for International students includes an additional International Registration fee R6,650 to the normal fees.)

**Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay also annual local tuition fees and related costs (The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe)

International Students should take note:
– 75% of the annual tuition fee is payable on or before registration, as well as 75% of the on-campus accommodation fee.
– This payment includes the annual tuition fees and other related costs.
– The balance of the fees is payable by 31 March for undergraduate students, and for postgraduate students 30 days after registration. This excludes students with Refugee status.
– Fees clearance is to be obtained from the Fees Office.
– If you are sponsored, your sponsorship letter has to be vetted by the Financial Aid and Scholarships
Office (FASO).
– All international students (those who are not South African citizens or who do not have permanent residence status in South Africa) are required by the Department of Home Affairs to provide proof of available funds for the tuition fee for the academic year prior to receiving his/her study visa.

Relevant Contact

Miss Patricia Nowlotha
Undergraduate Studies and Enquiries
Miss Sara Kapay
Undergraduate Studies and Enquiries