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Tuition Fees:$3,616 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Commerce
Campus:Middle Campus
Application Deadline: 31 July 2021
Programme Overview

The UCT PPE degree places a unique focus on the special economic, political and ethical aspects of private sector and public sector policy formation in the age of accelerating commercial and informational globalisation. This is a degree which seeks to prepare ‘citizens of the world’, with skills applicable to a broad range of challenging careers.

This programme is designed to open a variety of career opportunities. Students who are interested in formulating economic policy, taking account of the implications of such policies for the political and ethical governance of the world, will find this the ideal degree programme in South Africa.

A person interested in a career as an international trade diplomat, or as an international trade expert in the private sector, should consider studying PPE through the Faculty of Commerce degree programme. All PPE graduates who obtain good grades, regardless of Faculty, will have the basic qualification for further study in Economics or Political Economy at UCT, elsewhere in South Africa, and throughout the world.

Curriculum

First Year

ACC1006F Financial Accounting

ECO1010F Microeconomics

DOC1003H Commerce Case Study

PHI1024F Introduction to Philosophy

POL1004F Introduction to Politics

ACC1012S Business Accounting

ECO1011S Macroeconomics

MAM1010S Mathematics 1010

POL1005S Introduction to Politics B

Second Year

CML1001F Business Law I

ECO2003F Microeconomics II

INF1002F Information Systems I

ECO2004S Macroeconomics II

ECO2007S Co-operation and Competition

PHI1010S Ethics

STA1000S Introductory Statistics

Plus 2 courses from

PHI2042F Political Philosophy

PHI2041S Great Philosophers

2 courses from

POL2038F Comparative Politics

POL2039F The Politics of International Economic Relations

POL2042S Comparative Public Institutions

POL2043S South African Politics

Third Year

ECO3020F Advanced Macro & Microeconomics

ECO3025S Applied International Trade Bargaining

Plus 1 ECO 3000 level course

Plus 2 courses from

PHI3023F Philosophy of Language

PHI3024S Metaphysics and Epistemology

OR 1 course from

POL3030F Conflict in World Politics

POL3046S South African Political Thought

POL3029F Politics of Africa & the Global South

Plus 1 POL 3000 course

Plus 3 Courses from the approved list below, 2 of which must be at the 3000

level

ECO2008S Development Economics

Any PHI 2000 level course

Any POL 2000 level course

Any POL 3000 level course

Any PHI 3000 level course

Any ECO 3000 level course

Admission Requirements

FPS of 480 or above.
NBT scores of Upper-Intermediate for AL & QL
Mathematics 60%
English HL 50%
English FAL 60%

A candidate must have obtained a National Senior Certificate (NSC) endorsed by Umalusi to the effect that the candidate has met the minimum requirements for degree study, or a matriculation certificate or have obtained a Senior Certificate (SC), endorsed to state that they have met the matriculation requirements or a certificate of exemption issued by the Matriculation Board.

A candidate for an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Commerce must have matriculation endorsement/exemption.
Council and Senate may, in addition, prescribe, as a prerequisite for admission to any programme or course the attaining of a specified standard in specified subjects at the matriculation or equivalent exam (where these have been prescribed, they are set out in the admissions policy).

The minimum requirement for the period prior to the existence of Umalusi is a senior certificate issued by SAFCERT, or before 1993, issued by one of the provincial or other government education departments, or an equivalent.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Apply online

You will need a working email address and your South African identity number. If you are an international applicant, you need your passport number.

Applications close

31 July of the year prior to study for South African and international applicants.

Application status

Check your application status online or follow the directions on your letter from the admissions office in order to log in and determine your application status. Should you not have received your login and password, you may also use your names and birth date.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will obtain an excellent first degree which, especially if capped with an Honours and/or Masters degree in PPE, Economics, or another related discipline, will be a sound basis from which to seek a career in;
– Senior policy making in either the private or public sectors, particularly with respect to policy challenges raised by globalisation.
– International trade diplomat or private/public sector trade policy analyst.
Graduates intending to go on to further formal studies will also be qualified to train as professional economists.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,616
Tuition Fees for International Students: $3,616

Please note that fees and payment requirements differ for local and international students. A further distinction is made between international students from the SADC region, international students from elsewhere in Africa, and international students from outside Africa. The following information does not apply to students registering at the Graduate School of Business (GSB).

South African citizens and South African permanent residents

An initial payment of fees (for tuition and residence) is due by January. If payment is not received on or before the due date, a one-off late payment fee of 8% of the unpaid amount will be charged. You will be allowed to register if the initial payment has not been received by the due date.

The amounts due are:

Tuition cost initial payment R27,000 (or the full fee where this is lower than the initial payment),

plus if applicable;

Residence (catering) initial payment R33,000, or

Residence (self-catering) initial payment R21,500

This is not the full cost. Final payment is due 30 June 2020.

International students from the SADC region

An initial payment of fees (tuition and residence and the administrative service fee) is due before registration. If payment is not received on or before the due date, a one-off late payment fee of 8% of the unpaid amount will be charged. Allow a minimum of 14 working days for the payment to reflect in UCT’s bank account.

The amounts due are:

Tuition cost initial payment R27,000 (or the full fee where this is lower than the initial payment), plus

Non-refundable administrative service fee R4,000

plus if applicable

Residence (catering) initial payment R33,000, or

Residence (self-catering) initial payment R21,500

This is not the full cost. Final payment is due in June.

International Students

International students must make a minimum initial payment towards the tuition fees, international term fees and residence fees (where applicable), prior to registration. If payment is not received on or before the due date, a one-off late payment fee of 8% of the unpaid amount will be charged. Allow a minimum of 14 working days for the payment to reflect in UCT’s bank account.

Payment due prior to registration for:

UCT full-time international fee-paying students (except Master’s & PhD students): R95,000

This is not the full cost. Final payment is due in June.

plus if applicable:

Residence (catering) initial payment R33,000, or

Residence (self-catering) initial payment R21,500

This is not the full residence cost. Final payment is due in June.

Relevant Contact

 
Samantha Vanderross
Undergraduate Office
 
Nondwe De Caires
Departmental Manager