BCom Agricultural Economics and Risk Management|Economics|North-West University



BCom Agricultural Economics and Risk Management


What does a degree in Agricultural Economics entail?


Three-year, undergraduate study

The three-year undergraduate qualification in Agricultural Economics is aimed at preparing students for the modern-day agricultural environment – from the farm to the agri-business.

It offers a combination of Agricultural Economics together with Economics and Risk Management.  The Economics modules deal with the background against which the agricultural sector functions: Micro- and macro-economics, economic policy and economic analysis.  The Agricultural economics modules include:

  • Agricultural record-keeping and finances
  • Production management
  • Agricultural business management
  • Agricultural marketing
  • Resource- and environmental economics

The Risk management modules prepare these students for the financial risks that they will face within the agricultural context.  These include investment management and derivative instruments (options and SAFEX instruments).

Agriculture is a business and we would like to prepare the students for a wide variety of challenges.


One-year, full-time honours

The honours programme in Agricultural Economics is still being developed and will probably be offered by 2017.


Where will I find work?

We do not yet have students who have completed this programme, but it is our aim to prepare students for the full spectrum of opportunities, from the farm to the agri-business.  Many of our former students with a Risk management background currently work for agri-businesses such as Bungi, Senwes, NWK and Free State Maize.

Admission requirements:  APS 28 and Mathematics level 4 (50%)


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