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Why Agricultural Economics?

· Our internationally-recognised programme prepares students for careers with professional, competitive salaries.
·  Our students are sought-after throughout the world in agricultural and business environments and are a popular choice when it comes to work opportunities.
·  Exchange programmes present exciting opportunities for students to study at selected overseas universities.
· We have a rich tradition built upon excellence and established values.
·  We are accessible and centrally located in an area that reflects the biggest part of the agricultural sector of Southern Africa.
· A pulsating student life and popular residences allow students to participate in sports, cultural, and religious activities, student fun, and training-orientated excursions and projects.

Career Choices:
·         Agri-business
·         Marketing
·         Importing and Exporting
·         Banking
·         Insurance
·         Irrigation Management
·         Co-op Management
·         Agricultural Management
·         Human Resources Management
·         Research and Development

 The department is in the privileged position to have internationally-recognised researchers relevant to challenges faced by agriculturists from an economic point of view. This expertise is organised in several centres of excellence.

Undergraduate Studies

B Sc majoring in Agricultural Economics

Requirements:

Senior certificate with matriculation endorsement (matriculation exemption) or an equivalent qualification.
Mathematics on level 5 (60%).
A performance level 4 (50%) in an official tuition language
Modules in second year onwards are presented in English.

B Agric (Management)

Requirements
Senior certificate with matriculation endorsement (matriculation exemption) or an equivalent qualification.
Mathematics at performance level 3 (40%) or Mathematical Literacy at least at level 7 (80%) if the AP is 31 or above.
Modules in second year onwards are presented in English.


B Agric (Agricultural Economics).

Requirements
Senior certificate with matriculation endorsement (matriculation exemption) or an equivalent qualification. Mathematics at performance level 4 (50%).
Modules in second year onwards are presented in English.


2020 -  All undergraduate studies ALSO offer postgraduate programmes. View all undergraduate programmes in the Faculty Booklet and Faculty Rule Book
https://www.ufs.ac.za/docs/librariesprovider44/faculty-programmes/2020/natural-and-agricultural-sciences-2020.pdf?sfvrsn=6d9c8d21_2
https://apps.ufs.ac.za/dl/yearbooks/320_yearbook_eng.pdf

2019 - All undergraduate studies ALSO offer postgraduate programmes. View all postgraduate programmes in the Prospectus and Faculty Rule Book
https://www.ufs.ac.za/docs/librariesprovider22/default-document-library/postgraduate-prospectus-2019.pdf?sfvrsn=1e44ba21_0
https://apps.ufs.ac.za/dl/yearbooks/320_yearbook_eng.pdf


Postgraduate Studies

Honours degree in Department of Agricultural Economics:

B Sc Hons (Agricultural Economics)

Admission to the study is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Departmental Head. The following criteria are required:
a) BSc degree in Agricultural Economics
b) An average mark of 65% for all undergraduate Agricultural Economics modules over the full period of the BSc degree

B Agric Hons (Agricultural Economics)

Admission to the study is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Departmental Head. The following criteria are required:
a) BAgric degree in Agricultural Economics
b) An average mark of 65% for all undergraduate Agricultural Economics modules over the full period of the BAgric degree

Agriculture Agricultural Management

 Admission to the study is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Departmental Head. The following criteria are required:
a)  BAgric degree in Agricultural Management
b)   An average mark of 60% for all undergraduate Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Management modules over the full period of the BAgric degree.

Admission requirements for Master’s Degrees

In addition to the requirements contained in the General Rules (2019), a student has to comply with the additional Faculty requirements:
a)   All Master’s Degrees are selection programmes and admission to these degrees is subject to approval of the Academic Departmental Head.
b)   Applicants must apply for admission to the Master’s Degree. Selection will take place in the second semester. After that results will be communicated. The Master’s programmes start on a date as determined by the relevant department. Each module in the learning programmes must be successfully completed.
c)    Applicants must have an applicable Bachelor Honours Degree or equivalent NQF Exit Level 8 qualification and the additional requirements per discipline (see Reg. NAS3.5).
d)   If a student does not meet the admission requirements, the Dean, in exceptional circumstances, may, after consultation with the Academic Departmental Head, recommend to the Registrar (in the Registrar’s sole discretion) that the granting of a concession with regard to the admission requirements be considered.
e)   Bachelor of Science Honours or relevant Honours Degree on NQF Exit Level 8 with an average of 60% in the exit year of the relevant degree may be recognized as meeting the minimum entry requirements for a Master’s Degree programme.

M Agric (Agricultural Management)

Apart from the General Rules, the following apply:
a) Students must convince the specific Academic Departmental Head that he/she has sufficient knowledge of the subject to be admitted to the programme.
b) Admission to the study is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Departmental Head and a postgraduate selection committee.
c) Registration is only allowed after the research proposal was presented and approved by the postgraduate selection committee.

Master of Science (Agricultural Economics)

Apart from the General Rules, the following apply:
a) Students must convince the specific Academic Departmental Head that he/she has sufficient knowledge of the subject to be admitted to the programme.
b) Admission to the study is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Departmental Head and a postgraduate selection committee.
c) Registration is only allowed after the research proposal was presented and approved by the postgraduate selection committee.

Admission requirements for a Doctoral Degree

In addition to the admission requirements contained in the General Rules (2019), a student has to comply with the following additional Faculty requirements:
a)   All PhD degrees are selection programmes and admission to these degrees is subject to approval by the Academic Departmental Head.
b)   The PhD student must show that he/she has sufficient knowledge of the subject prior to admission. Students should apply for admittance to the Doctoral Degree on the prescribed form. These forms should be completed and submitted to the Academic Departmental Head.
c)    The PhD student must have a Master’s Degree or equivalent NQF Exit Level 9 qualification. Master’s Degrees include: MSc, MAgric, MSc (Agriculture),

Agricultural Economics

a) Admission to the study is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Departmental Head and a postgraduate selection committee. The following criteria are required:
b) Master’s Degree majoring in Agricultural Economics registration is only allowed after the research proposal was presented and approved by the postgraduate selection committee.
c) Additional modules may be required before admission to the PhD study.
d) It may be required that some modules be successfully completed by the end of the first year of study for the PhD degree as a prerequisite for registration of the second year of study for the PhD degree.

Agricultural Management

 Admission to the study is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Departmental Head and a postgraduate selection committee. The following criteria are required:
a) Master’s Degree majoring in Agricultural Management
b) Registration is only allowed after the research proposal was presented and approved by the postgraduate selection committee.Additional modules may be required before admission to the PhD study.
c) It may be required that some modules be successfully completed by the end of the first year of study for the PhD degree as a prerequisite for registration of the second year of study for the PhD degree.


Short Learning Course

Workshop content

The content below will be discussed in the workshop. At the end of the course the workshop will have the necessary knowledge to write the SAFEX exam.

1.     The origin and development of the agricultural-derived market.
2.     Forward contracts in the agricultural commodity market
3.    The commodities derivatives market - "Futures"
4.     The commodities derived market - "Options"
5.     Dissertation on the commodity-derived market - "Futures"
6.     Commodities "Swaps"
7.     The use of options and futures in the agricultural commodity market
8.     Prediction of price movements (Introductory)

       Enquires to: 051 401 9518 of e-mail combrincksf@ufs.ac.za

Address:

Department Agricultural Economics

P.O. Box 339 / IB 58
BLOEMFONTEIN
9301

Head of Department:


Dr Frikkie Maré
marefa@ufs.ac.za
+27 51 401 3220
+27 51 401 3473

Departmental Secretary

 Mrs Chrizna van der Merwe
vdmerwec@ufs.ac.za
+27 51 401 2824
+27 51 401 3473

Programme Director (Academic Enquiries)


Dr Janus Henning
henningjif@ufs.ac.za
+27 51 401 9713
+27 51 401 3473




















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Postgraduate Studies

Honours degree in Department of Agricultural Economics:

B Sc Hons (Agricultural Economics)
Admission to the study is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Departmental Head. The following criteria are required:
 a) BSc degree in Agricultural Economics
 b) An average mark of 65% for all undergraduate Agricultural Economics modules over the full period of the BSc degree.

Additional modules /modules may be required before admission to the BScHons study.

B Agric Hons (Agricultural Economics)

 Admission to the study is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Departmental Head. The following criteria are required:
a) BAgric degree in Agricultural Economics
b) An average mark of 65% for all undergraduate Agricultural Economics modules over the full period of the BAgric degree.

Additional modules / may be required before admission to the BAgric Hons study.

  • Agriculture Agricultural Management

Admission to the study is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Departmental Head. The following criteria are required:
a) BAgric degree in Agricultural Management
b) An average mark of 60% for all undergraduate Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Management modules over the full period of the BAgric degree.

Additional modules may be required before admission to the BAgric Hons study.

  • Admission requirements for Master’s Degrees

In addition to the requirements contained in the General Rules (2019), a student has to comply with the additional Faculty requirements:

a)   All Master’s Degrees are selection programmes and admission to these degrees is subject to approval of the Academic Departmental Head.
b)   Applicants must apply for admission to the Master’s Degree. Selection will take place in the second semester. After that results will be communicated. The Master’s programmes start on a date as determined by the relevant department. Each module in the learning programmes must be successfully completed.
c)    Applicants must have an applicable Bachelor Honours Degree or equivalent NQF Exit Level 8 qualification and the additional requirements per discipline (see Reg. NAS3.5).
d)   If a student does not meet the admission requirements, the Dean, in exceptional circumstances, may, after consultation with the Academic Departmental Head, recommend to the Registrar (in the Registrar’s sole discretion) that the granting of a concession with regard to the admission requirements be considered.
e)   Bachelor of Science Honours or relevant Honours Degree on NQF Exit Level 8 with an average of 60% in the exit year of the relevant degree may be recognized as meeting the minimum entry requirements for a Master’s Degree programme.

  • M Agric (Agricultural Management)
    Apart from the General Rules, the following apply:

Students must convince the specific Academic Departmental Head that he/she has sufficient knowledge of the subject to be admitted to the programme.
Admission to the study is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Departmental Head and a postgraduate selection committee. The following criteria are required:
a) Bachelor Honours majoring in Agricultural Management

 Registration is only allowed after the research proposal was presented and approved by the postgraduate selection committee.

  • Master of Science (Agricultural Economics)

Admission to the study is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Departmental Head and a postgraduate selection committee. The following criteria are required:
a) Bachelor Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics

Registration is only allowed after the research proposal was presented and approved by the postgraduate selection committee.

Admission requirements for a Doctoral Degree

In addition to the admission requirements contained in the General Rules (2019), a student has to comply with the following additional Faculty requirements:
a)   All PhD degrees are selection programmes and admission to these degrees is subject to approval by the Academic Departmental Head.
b)   The PhD student must show that he/she has sufficient knowledge of the subject prior to admission. Students should apply for admittance to the Doctoral Degree on the prescribed form. These forms should be completed and submitted to the Academic Departmental Head
c)    The PhD student must have a Master’s Degree or equivalent NQF Exit Level 9 qualification. Master’s Degrees include: MSc, MAgric, MSc (Agriculture)

  • Agricultural Economics

 Admission to the study is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Departmental Head and a postgraduate selection committee. The following criteria are required:
a) Master’s Degree majoring in Agricultural Economics registration is only allowed after the research proposal was presented and approved by the postgraduate selection committee.

Additional modules may be required before admission to the PhD study.
It may be required that some modules be successfully completed by the end of the first year of study for the PhD degree as a prerequisite for registration of the second year of study for the PhD degree.

  • Agricultural Management

    Admission to the study is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Departmental Head and a postgraduate selection committee. The following criteria are required:
    a) Master’s Degree majoring in Agricultural Management

 Registration is only allowed after the research proposal was presented and approved by the postgraduate selection committee.
Additional modules may be required before admission to the PhD study.
It may be required that some modules be successfully completed by the end of the first year of study for the PhD degree as a prerequisite for registration of the second year of study for the PhD degree.

2020 -  All undergraduate studies ALSO offer postgraduate programmes. View all undergraduate programmes in the Faculty Booklet and Faculty Rule Book.

https://www.ufs.ac.za/docs/librariesprovider44/faculty-programmes/2020/natural-and-agricultural-sciences-2020.pdf?sfvrsn=6d9c8d21_2
https://apps.ufs.ac.za/dl/yearbooks/320_yearbook_eng.pdf

2019 - All undergraduate studies ALSO offer postgraduate programmes. View all postgraduate programmes in the Prospectus and Faculty Rule Book.

https://www.ufs.ac.za/docs/librariesprovider22/default-document-library/postgraduate-prospectus-2019.pdf?sfvrsn=1e44ba21_0
https://apps.ufs.ac.za/dl/yearbooks/320_yearbook_eng.pdf

Short Learning Program

SAFEX 


The content below will be discussed in the workshop. At the end of the course the workshop will have the necessary knowledge to write the SAFEX exam.

The origin and development of the agricultural-derived market.
Forward contracts in the agricultural commodity market
The commodities derivatives market - "Futures"
The commodities derived market - "Options"
Dissertation on the commodity-derived market - "Futures"
Commodities "Swaps"
The use of options and futures in the agricultural commodity market
Prediction of price movements (Introductory)

Online registration: https://www.ufs.ac.za/natagri/departments-and-divisions/agricultural-economics-home/units-groups/safex-2019

Contact : Ina Combrinck (combrincksf@ufs.ac.za) or 051 401 9518


Programme Director (Academic Enquires)

Dr Janus Henning
Room 1.103
Agricultural Building
T: +27 51 401 9717
F: +27 51 401 3473
E: henningjif@ufs.ac.za
General Enquiries
Chrizna van der Merwe
Room 1.105
Agricultural Building
T: +27 51 401 2824
F: +27 51 401 3473
E: vdmerwec@ufs.ac.za

Academic Head of Department

Dr Frikkie Maré
Room 1.105
Agricultural Building
T: +27 51 401 3220
F: +27 51 401 3473
E: mareFA@ufs.ac.za
Postal address

Department Agricultural Economics
Faculty Natural and Agricultural Sciences
University of the Free State
PO Box 339 (IB 58)
Bloemfontein
9300


FACULTY CONTACT

Faculty Manager: Velaphi Makgwahla
T: + 27 51 401 3199
E: makgwahlamvt@ufs.ac.za

Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531
E: lottere@ufs.ac.za

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