University of Cape Town

12 months
5902 USD/year
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The School of Economics offers a one-year taught Masters in Economics programme at the University of Cape Town. The objective of the University of Cape Town, Economics Masters by coursework is to equip students with the theoretical and technical knowledge required to practise as a professional economist in the public and private sector. 

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Why to study

The School of Economics at the University of Cape Town is one of the largest departments in the University, offering tuition to more than 3 500 undergraduate students and approximately 100 postgraduate students.

At UCT, as at universities all over the world, enrolments in economics classes are growing more rapidly than in any other discipline. This is not surprising: there exists ever broadening scope for students who have specialised or majored in economics during their studies who wish to pursue a career in the field.

Economics is the study of economic life. It asks what, how and why goods are produced, and who benefits. Economics covers ‘micro’ subjects like the economics of the firm (profit maximisation, etc.) and ‘macro’ issues like unemployment, inflation and economic growth.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantitative Methods for Economists
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomics OR
  • Microeconomics
  • Advanced Econometrics
  • International Finance
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Applied International Trade
  • Views of Institutional and Behavioural Economics
  • Applied Time Series Analysis
  • Microeconometrics
  • Applied Growth Theory
  • Macroeconomic Policy Analysis
  • Research & Policy Tools
  • Problems of Globalisation, Industrialisation and Development
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Development Microeconomics
  • Governance and Growth

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
88 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An average of at least 65% in an Honours degree in Economics.
  • Applicants may be required to undertake a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test.
  • Students who have completed equivalent courses at the Master level may apply for exemption, but not credits, from particular courses.
  • Recommendation of acceptance is at the discretion of the Graduate Committee.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5902 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.

R90 000


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