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PhD by Coursework and Dissertation

Collaborative PhD Programme in Economics

For more Information contact Paula.Bassingthwaighte@uct.ac.za

CD003ECO01 - Doctor of Philosophy in Economics – ( With Coursework )

Programme convener:  Prof Malcolm Keswell

Entrance requirements:

Candidates who possess either a second class (upper division) Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Economics, or a minimum of a second class (lower division) Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Economics with distinction are eligible to apply.

Programme outline:

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.

Duration of the programme:

Offered over four years full-time.  Two years are devoted to prerequisite courses and two years are devoted to writing the thesis. The programme begins in January.

Prescribed curriculum/programme structure:

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 HEQF credits. The pre-requisite courses are non-credit bearing for this programme. 

Required courses:          

  • ECO5011F            Quantitative Methods for Economists     
  • ECO5021F            Advanced Macroeconomics         
  • ECO5020F            Advanced Microeconomics          
  • ECO5046F            Advanced Econometrics                
  • ECO6007F            Microeconomics II            
  • ECO5030S            Applied Growth Theory
  • ECO5069S            Applied Time Series Analysis/ ECO5070S Microeconometrics     

AND EITHER A: Two courses (not taken in terms of the rules above) to be chosen from:

  • ECO5030S            Applied Growth Theory
  • ECO5050S            International Finance II
  • ECO5052S            Natural Resource Economics      
  • ECO5057S            Labour Economics           
  • ECO5062S            Applied International Trade       
  • ECO5064S            Views of Institutional and Behavioural Economics            
  • ECO5069S            Applied Time Series Analysis      
  • ECO5070S            Microeconometrics       
  • ECO5077S            Industrial Organisation
  • ECO5073F            Problems of Globalisation, Industrialisation and Development
  • ECO5074S            Research and Policy Tools
  • ECO5075S            Macroeconomic Policy Analysis
  • ECO5076S            Development Microeconomics
  • ECO5077S            Industrial Organization

With permission of the Programme Convener, students may be permitted to take two Masters courses (30 HEQF credits) from another Department.

OR B: Two courses to be chosen from the options offered at the joint Facility for Electives in Nairobi. Options may be added or withdrawn according to circumstances each year.

The following specific rules apply to the programme:


Students who fail may repeat a maximum of two courses of the prerequisite coursework component once, provided that they scored at least 40% at the first attempt.


If a student fails an elective, they may substitute it with another elective.


There will be no supplementary examinations.


Students are required to submit a topic and sign a Memorandum of Understanding with a supervisor by the end of February of the year following the completion of the prerequisite coursework (typically the 3rd  year). 


Satisfactory progress for research as per the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding).


The degree is assessed entirely on the basis of the completed thesis.

For more information email Paula.Bassingthwaighte@uct.ac.za