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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 on excellence and established values.
  • We are accessible and centrally located in an area that reflects the biggest part of the agricultural sector in Southern Africa.
  • A pulsating student life and popular residences enable students to participate in sports, cultural-, and religious activities, student fun, and training-oriented excursions and projects.
Career Choices
  • Agribusiness
  • Marketing
  • Import and Export
  • 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 facing  agriculturists from an economic point of view. This expertise is organised in several centres of excellence.

Undergraduate Studies

BSc majoring in Agricultural Economics
Requirements
  • (i)  NSC or NCV with an endorsement that allows entrance to degree studies or an equivalent qualification.
  • (ii)  A minimum AP of 32, as calculated from Table 3
  • (iii)  A performance level 4 (50%) in an official tuition language.
  • (iv)  Mathematics on level 5 (60%). Alternatively, at least a pass mark in MATD1564 or MATD1534 or MATM1584 is required. If STSM1614 is included in the learning programme a level 6 (70%) required for Mathematics. Alternatively, a pass mark of at least 80% in MATD1564 or at least 70% in MATM1584 or a pass in MATM1534 is required.
  • (vii)  Participation in the National Benchmark (NBT) tests for Language.
  • (viii)  Participation in the National Benchmark (NBT) tests for Mathematics.
BAgric (Management)
Requirements
  • (i)  NSC or NCV with an endorsement that allows entrance to degree studies or an equivalent qualification.
  • (iii)  A performance level 4 (50%) in an official tuition language.
  • (vi)  Life Sciences level 5 (60%) and Physical Science level 5 (60%). Alternatively, at least 60% is required in the modules CHEM1552, CHEM1532, CHEM1622 and CHEM1642.
  • Mathematics at performance level 3 (40%) with TP of 30 or Mathematical Literacy at least at level 7 (80%) if the AP is 31 or above.

BAgric (Agricultural Economics)
Requirements
  • (i)  NSC or NCV with an endorsement that allows entrance to degree studies or an equivalent qualification.
  • (iii)  A performance level 4 (50%) in an official tuition language.
  • (vii)  Participation in the National Benchmark (NBT) tests for Language.
  • Mathematics at performance level 3 (40%) with TP of 30

View all undergraduate and postgraduate programme information in the 2022 Faculty Undergraduate Booklet / 2022 UFS Undergraduate Prospectus and Faculty Rule Book 2020 or the 2022 UFS Postgraduate Prospectus / 2022 Faculty Postgraduate Brochure.

Applications are done online.

Postgraduate Studies

Honours degrees in the Department of Agricultural Economics: BSc- Hons (Agricultural Economics)
Requirements
Admission to the programme is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Head of Department. 

The following criteria are applicable:
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.
c) Additional modules /modules may be required before admission to the BScHons study.
BAgric-Hons (Agricultural Economics)
Admission to the programme is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Head of Department.

The following criteria are applicable:
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.
c) Additional modules /modules may be required before admission to the BScHons study.

BAgricHons: (Agricultural Management)
Admission to the programme is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Head of Department.

The following criteria are applicable:
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.
c) Additional modules /modules may be required before admission to the BScHons study.

Admission requirements for masters degrees
 
In addition to the requirements contained in the General Rules (2019), a student also has to comply with the following faculty requirements:
a)  All master’s degrees are selection programmes and admission to these degrees is subject to approval by the Academic Head of Department.
b)   Candidates must apply for admission to the master’s degree. Selection will take place in the second semester, after which the 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)   Candidates must have an applicable bachelor honours degree or equivalent NQF dxit Level 8 qualification as well as the additional requirements per discipline (see Reg. NAS3.5).
d)   If a student does not meet the admission requirements, the Dean may, in exceptional circumstances,and after consultation with the Academic Head of Department, recommend to the Registrar (at the sole discretion of the Registrar) that concession with regard to the admission requirements be considered.
e)   Bachelor of Science Honours or relevant honours degree at NQF exit level 8 with an average of 60% in the exit year of the relevant degree may be recognised as meeting the minimum admission requirements for a master’s degree programme.
Masters of Agriculture (Agricultural Management)
Apart from the General Rules, the following apply:
a) Students must convince the specific Academic Head of Department that he/she has sufficient knowledge of the subject to be admitted to the programme.
b) Admission to the programme is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Head of Department and a postgraduate selection committee.
c) Registration is only allowed after the research proposal was presented and approved by the postgraduate selection committee.

d)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:
Bachelor Honours majoring in Agricultural Management
e) Proof of successful completion of:
f) AGMA6800 OR
equivalent module for the above mentioned module.
g) Registration is only allowed after the research proposal was presented and approved by the postgraduate selection committee.
h) Additional modules /modules may be required before admission to the MAgric study.
i) It may be required that some modules be successfully completed by the end of the first year of study for the M Agric degree as a prerequisite for registration of the second year of study for the MAgric degree.
j) It is required from the student to submit one (1) publishable scientific manuscript when submitting the final dissertation for examination.  

 

Master of 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:
Bachelor Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics
Proof of successful completion of: AGEC6815, AGEC6825, AGEC6835, AGEC6800, AGEC6845 OR – equivalent modules for the above mentioned modules.
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 M.Agric Agricultural Economics study.
c) It may be required that some modules be successfully completed by the end of the first year of study for the M.Agric Agricultural Economics degree as a prerequisite for registration of the second year of study.
d) It is required from the student to submit one (1) publishable scientific article when submitting the final dissertation for examination.  

Master of Science (Agricultural Economics)

Apart from the General Rules, the following apply:
a) Students must convince the specific Academic Head of Department that he/she has sufficient knowledge of the subject to be admitted to the program.
b) Admission to the program is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Head of Department and a postgraduate selection committee.
c) Registration is only allowed after the research proposal was presented and approved by the postgraduate selection committee.
d) 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:
Bachelor Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics
Proof of successful completion of: AGEC6815, AGEC6825, AGEC6835, AGEC6800, AGEC6865 OR
equivalent modules for the above mentioned modules.
e) 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 MSc study.
f) It may be required that some modules be successfully completed by the end of the first year of study for the MSc degree as a prerequisite for registration of the second year of study.
g) It is required from the student to submit one (1) publishable scientific manuscript when submitting the final dissertation for examination.

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 programs and admission to these degrees is subject to approval by the Academic Head of Department.
b)  The PhD student demonstrate that he/she has sufficient knowledge of the subject prior to admission. Students should apply for admission to the doctoral degree on the prescribed form. These forms should be completed and submitted to the Academic Head of Department.
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 program is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Head of Department and a postgraduate selection committee. The following criteria are applicable:
a) Master’s degree majoring in Agricultural Economics.
b) 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) A prerequisite for registration in the second year of the PhD degree may involve the successful completion if some modules the end of the first year of the PhD study.

e) 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:
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.
f) 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 program is subject to the discretion and approval of the Academic Head of Department and a postgraduate selection committee.
The following criteria are applicable:
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.
c) Additional modules may be required before admission to the PhD study.
d) A prerequisite for registration in the second year of the PhD degree may involve the successful completion of some modules the end of the first year of the PhD.
e) 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:
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.
f) 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

SAFEX Course - Workshop content  

The content below will be discussed in the workshop. At the end of the course the participant will have the necessary knowledge to write the SAFEX exam.
1.     The origin and development of the agricultural-derivative market.
2.     Forward contracts in the agricultural commodity market.
3.    The commodities  - derivative market - "Futures"
4.     The commodities  - derivative market - "Options"
5.     Dissertation on the commodity-derivative market - "Futures"
6.     Commodities -  "Swaps"
7.     The use of options and futures in the agricultural commodity market.
8.     Prediction of price movements (Introduction)

Direct all SAFEX enquiries to: Ina Combrinck:  +27 51 401 9518 or email combrincksf@ufs.ac.za

Address

Department Agricultural Economics
PO Box 339 / IB 58
BLOEMFONTEIN
9301

Head of Department

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

Departmental Secretary
Chrizna van der Merwe

vdmerwec@ufs.ac.za
+27 51 401 2824



FACULTY CONTACT

Elfrieda van den Berg 
Marketing Manager
T: +27 51 401 2531
E:vdberge@ufs.ac.za


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