Master of Commerce In Economics Coursework And Dissertation


In a world of the competitive environment and the movement towards the industrial revolution and technological advancement, the business community must be aware of the banking and investment solutions that respond to today’s needs. The Master of Commerce in Banking and Investment Management (full research), therefore, takes care of these needs in the making so that various stakeholders are provided with research and innovation skills in banking and investment management to respond to the evolving business environment’s needs. The programme aims to provide postgraduate students with a vehicle to engage with the developments in the world of banking and investments and conduct research to provide solutions to lingering issues in this area. The programme aims to produce graduates who have strong research skills and who are capable of advancing knowledge in the field of Banking and Investment Management and exerting influence on policies and practices in this area.


A completed Honours degree in Economics (or equivalent) with a minimum credit-weighted average of at least 55% in this qualification.

Entrance Requirements

A completed Honours degree in Economics (or equivalent) with a minimum credit-weighted average of at least 55% in this qualification.


Semester 1
  • ECON8RD Coursework Research Dissertation (core module)
  • ECON8MA Advanced Macroeconomics (core module)
  • ECON8MI Advanced Microeconomics (core module)
  • ECON8A2 Advanced Econometrics (core module)
  • ECON8MR Research Methodology for Advanced Economics (core module)
Semester 2
  • ECON8RD Coursework Research Dissertation(core module)
  • ECON8HC Economics of Health Care (elective module)
  • ECON8SU Sustainable Resource Usage in South Africa (elective module)
Note: A completed Master of Commerce in Economics degree comprises 192 credit points. All modules are 16 credit points, except for ECON8RD, which is compulsory and is 96 credit points. Students must register for and complete ECON8RD, plus all four core modules in Semester 1, and 2 elective modules in semester 2. Elective modules offered may change each year. Students may complete Masters-level electives from outside of the School, with the approval of the Academic Leader: Higher Degrees and Research.

Career Opportunities

As an Economics graduate you will have developed analytical and problem-solving skills that are highly versatile and widely transferable across jobs and careers. Popular careers include (but are not limited to):
  • Economist
  • Economic researcher
  • Data analyst
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Investment analyst
Prospective employers include both local and national government, private and public banks, insurance companies, financial consultancies, local authorities, NGOs, private consultancies and think-tanks, large multinational companies and insurance companies.