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Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Economics

Program overview
1 year
Full time
Bachelor's degree
72,900 ZAR
Start dates
72,900 ZAR
February 2021

72,900 ZAR
February 2022

72,900 ZAR
February 2023

Program description

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Economics

The IIE Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Economics degree offered at IIE MSA is aligned to industry, with well-defined priorities to guarantee relevance while addressing the needs of African economies. There is a growing need for multi-dimensional graduates with the ability to participate in an increasingly complex and dynamic local and global economy.

The Economics Honours program provides students with an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of economics and to develop the necessary skills to tackle the economic issues and challenges that they will encounter throughout their careers. Emphasis is placed on attaining competence in economic analysis and its application to real-world issues.

The program also recognises the importance of research skills to economists and introduces the student to the major issues and practices in undertaking a research project. As such the research module offered in the program develops students’ essential research skills for both professional and academic contexts alongside the ability to present and defend research to an expert audience. Placing emphasis on independent and critical thinking, analysis, research design and methods, as well as academic discourse.

Admission requirements

A relevant NQF 7 with an average of 60% or more in the third-year modules in the subject in which the student wants to specialise.

Students who do not meet the admission requirements may be eligible for admission via alternate means such as RPL. Please contact the institute for more information. 

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Program content

Year 1

  • Year Module Core (compulsory courses)
  • Research

Semester 1

  • Microeconomics
  • Practical Econometrics

Semester 2 

  • Macroeconomics
  • Two elective modules must be taken. Not all these modules are necessarily available every year:
    • International Trade and Development
    • Health Economics
    • Empirical Finance

Tuition fees

72,900 ZAR per annum


Successful completion of this economics honours program leads to an IIE qualification.

Career opportunities

The careers open to economists are challenging and dynamic, more so in the present environment of globalization. Therefore, the BCom Economics Honours degree is highly desirable for students seeking employment as professional economists (employers may value a level of specialisation that is not provided by a three-year Bachelor’s degree); for students who want to do postgraduate work in economics or for students who simply want to signal relatively high academic achievement.

The BCom Economics Honours program will prepare graduates to take jobs and internships in the Banking and Financial Markets, the Public Sector, and International Economic Affairs, such as the World Trade Organization, United Nations, the World Bank and the Regional Development Banks.

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Earn an internationally relevant degree in South Africa

Monash South Africa (MSA) was founded in 2001 and is located on a 100 hectare site in Ruimsig, north-west of Johannesburg, in the province of Gauteng. Since 2019 MSA became a leading brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) and is...

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