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Applied Development Economics Learn to solve real-world problems through the application of Economic and Political economy analysis.
Applied Development Economics Learn to solve real-world problems through the application of Economic and Political economy analysis.

Qualification: BCom(Hons)

Faculty: Commerce, Law and Management

Duration: 1 - 2 years

School: Economics and Finance

Study mode: Full-time; Part-time

Overview

The Honours in Applied Development Economics (ADE) offers students the opportunity to apply economic and political economy analysis to solving real-world problems. The programme is unique in that it approaches economics from a pluralist point of view. In this context, pluralism comprises three dimensions: theoretical pluralism; methodological pluralism; and dialogue between economics and other social sciences.

The Honours degree in Applied Development Economics prepares students for a career in research and policy-making in the NGO, private and public sectors in the broad field of development. Students who successfully complete this degree can also go on to enrol for the Masters degree in Applied Development Economics. 

The programme is structured on the basis that it can be taken over a one-year full-time or a two-year part-time duration.

Structure of programme:

The Honours programme comprises a research paper (of 10 000 words maximum) together with the five compulsory courses as well as two electives as indicated below:

Compulsory courses:

  • Microeconomics for Development
  • Macroeconomics for Development
  • Research Methods for Development

And

An econometrics course, either

  • Advanced econometrics (as offered in Economics Honours) – available to students who have completed Econometrics at 3rdyear level or
  • Applied Econometrics for Development

And

A development course, either

  • Development Theory and Policy or
  • Development Economics – only available to students who have completed Advanced Econometrics in Semester 1

As well as a

  • Research Paper

Electives:

Students should choose two electives from the ones offered in Economics, or in another school. Below is a list of some of the available electives in Economics:

  • History of Economic Thought
  • Environmental Economics
  • Topics in Labour (Impact Evaluation)
  • International Finance or
  • Financial Economics

Due Date for the Research Paper:

The completed research paper must be submitted in October in the year in which the candidate undertakes the research.

Honours: 

  • A bachelors degree or equivalent.
  • At least an upper second class pass in the final undergraduate course in the subject.

Applicants are expected to have achieved at least 65% for the Economics major of their BCom undergraduate degree.

Programme Code Programme Title Plan Description SA Cutoff Date International Cutoff Date
CCA01 Master of Commerce Accounting 30/08/2022 31/10/2022
CCA01 Master of Commerce Accounting (Taxation) 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CCA01 Master of Commerce Financial and Integrated Reporting 30/08/2022 31/10/2022
CDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Accountancy 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
CDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Taxation 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
CHA00 Bachelor of Commerce Honours Management Accounting 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CHA00 Bachelor of Commerce Honours Taxation 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CHA16 Bachelor of Accounting Science with Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science with Honours (SAICA Chartered Accountant Route) (CTA) 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CHA18 Bachelor of Accounting Science with Honours International Accounting, Finance and Governance 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CRA00 Master of Commerce Accountancy 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CXA02 Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy PG Diploma in Accountancy (SAICA Chartered Accountant Route) (CTA) 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CXA03 Postgraduate Diploma in Specialised Accountancy PG Diploma in Specialised Accountancy (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Route) 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CXA04 Postgraduate Diploma in Taxation Postgraduate Diploma in Taxation 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CXA05 Postgraduate Diploma in Specialised Accountancy Integrated Thinking and Value Creation 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CCA01 Master of Commerce Information Systems 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Business Sciences (Management) 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
CDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Human Resource Management 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
CDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Information Systems 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
CDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Insurance and Risk Management 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
CDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Marketing 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
CHA00 Bachelor of Commerce Honours Business Sciences/Human Resources 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CHA00 Bachelor of Commerce Honours Business Sciences/Insurance and Risk Management 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CHA00 Bachelor of Commerce Honours Business Sciences/Management 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CHA00 Bachelor of Commerce Honours Business Sciences/Marketing 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CHA00 Bachelor of Commerce Honours Information Systems 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CRA00 Master of Commerce Business Sciences/Human Resources Management 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CRA00 Master of Commerce Business Sciences/Insurance & Risk 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CRA00 Master of Commerce Business Sciences/Management 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CRA00 Master of Commerce Business Sciences/Marketing 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CRA00 Master of Commerce Information Systems 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CRA00 Master of Commerce Taxation 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CCA01 Master of Commerce Applied Development Economics 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CCA01 Master of Commerce Business Sciences/Finance 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CCA01 Master of Commerce Economics 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CCA01 Master of Commerce Environmental and Energy Economics 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CCA01 Master of Commerce Inequality Studies 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CCA11 Master of Economic Science Economic Science 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CDA00 Doctor of Philosophy AERC 22/07/2022 22/07/2022
CDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Applied Development Economics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
CDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Business Finance 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
CDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Economics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
CDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Health Economics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
CHA00 Bachelor of Commerce Honours Applied Development Economics 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CHA00 Bachelor of Commerce Honours Business Finance 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CHA00 Bachelor of Commerce Honours Economics 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CHA17 Bachelor of Economic Science with Honours Bachelor of Economic Science with Honours 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
CRA00 Master of Commerce Business Sciences/Business Finance 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LCA02 Master of Laws by Coursework and Research Report Commercial and Business Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LCA02 Master of Laws by Coursework and Research Report Corporate Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LCA02 Master of Laws by Coursework and Research Report Environmental Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LCA02 Master of Laws by Coursework and Research Report General 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LCA02 Master of Laws by Coursework and Research Report Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LCA02 Master of Laws by Coursework and Research Report Information and Communications Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LCA02 Master of Laws by Coursework and Research Report International Economic Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LCA02 Master of Laws by Coursework and Research Report International Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LCA02 Master of Laws by Coursework and Research Report Labour Dispute Resolution Practice 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LCA02 Master of Laws by Coursework and Research Report Labour Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LCA02 Master of Laws by Coursework and Research Report Pension Funds Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LCA02 Master of Laws by Coursework and Research Report Tax Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LDA02 Doctor of Philosophy Doctor of Philosophy (School of Law) 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
LRA00 Master of Laws Master of Laws (Dissertation) Research 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LXA03 Post Graduate Diploma in Law Commercial and Business Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LXA03 Post Graduate Diploma in Law Corporate Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LXA03 Post Graduate Diploma in Law Environmental Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LXA03 Post Graduate Diploma in Law General 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LXA03 Post Graduate Diploma in Law Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LXA03 Post Graduate Diploma in Law Information and Communications Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LXA03 Post Graduate Diploma in Law International Economic Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LXA03 Post Graduate Diploma in Law International Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LXA03 Post Graduate Diploma in Law Labour Dispute Resolution Practice 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LXA03 Post Graduate Diploma in Law Labour Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LXA03 Post Graduate Diploma in Law Pension Funds Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022
LXA03 Post Graduate Diploma in Law Tax Law 31/10/2022 31/10/2022

 

Academic programme Description Plan code Plan description Start date Cut off date
BDA00 Doctor of Philosophy BFADHI80 Doctor of Philosophy (Management) 01/05/2022 30/09/2022
BCA01 Master of Management BFADB60 Digital Business 01/05/2022 30/09/2022
BCA01 Master of Management BFAEL60 Energy Leadership 01/05/2022 30/09/2022
BCA01 Master of Management BFABEXC60 Business and Executive Coaching 01/05/2022 30/09/2022
BCA01 Master of Management BFASTRM60 Strategic Marketing 01/05/2022 30/09/2022
BCA01 Master of Management BFAINST60 Innovation Studies 01/05/2022 30/09/2022
BRA06 Master of Management BFADIS70 Master of Management (Dissertation) WBS 01/05/2022 30/09/2022
BCA15 Master of Management in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation BPAENV60 Master of Management in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation 01/05/2022 30/09/2022
BCA16 Master of Management in Finance and Investment BPAFI60 Master of Management in Finance and Investment 01/05/2022 30/09/2022
BCA14 Master of Business Administration BFAMBA63 Master of Business Administration (January Intake) 01/05/2022 30/09/2022
BXA00 Postgraduate Diploma in Management BFAPDBA50 Business Administration 01/05/2022 30/09/2022
BXA00 Postgraduate Diploma in Management BFAPGDB50 Digital Business 01/05/2022 30/09/2022
BXA00 Postgraduate Diploma in Management BPAEL50 Energy Leadership 01/05/2022 30/09/2022
BXA02 Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration BPAPBA51 Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration 01/05/2022 30/09/2022
BXA00 Postgraduate Diploma in Management BPAELES50  Energy Leadership (Electricity Stream) 01/05/2022 30/09/2022
31/10/2022
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