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



BCom Economics and Risk Management


What does a degree in Risk Management entail?


Three-year, undergraduate study

Our BCom Economics and Risk Management qualification offers you the opportunity to specialise in Risk Management, with a foundation in Economics.

The focus is specifically on financial risk management.  In the introductory module, we start with the types of financial risks that companies are exposed to, the regulating framework of, for example, COSO, and the King reports.  Then we teach you more about the knowledge and skills with regard to investment management, bank risk management and hedging of risk with derivative instruments.

These modules offer a combination of theory and application.  You learn how to utilise technical and fundamental analysis to build a portfolio.  There is a share-trading simulation, but you also need to know which measures to use to judge the performance of the portfolio.  You also learn how to use options and SAFEX instruments to hedge the risks that your investment is exposed to.

The qualification offers specialist knowledge together with an approach of applicability.  Hard skills include the building and analysis of investment portfolios, buying and selling decisions for options and derivative instruments, and the estimation of econometric models.


One-year, full-time honours

The BCom honours degree in Risk Management develops your undergraduate knowledge and skills.  The core is again investment management, bank risk management and derivative instruments and the focus is now on application and decision-making.  There are extensive Excel applications, and research methods are specific time-series econometric techniques that are used in the world of finance.

This one year, together with your degree, makes you a specialist in the financial risk management environment.


Where do our former students work?

Our students get work in the treasury division of large companies and throughout the financial sector at banks, insurers and pension funds- anywhere where money, investments and risks are involved.  Their jobs include, among others: business analyst, decision-making analyst, credit analyst, and risk analyst. Many of them are also traders and brokers.

If you would like to find out more about where our alumni work, become part of our PUK Economics group on LinkedIn.


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


What do we offer additionally?

The content of our BCom qualification is aligned with level 1 of the international Chartered Financial Analyst qualification. Die CFA Institute does not give recognition for prior learning, and requires that you have to write an international examination; however, we have found that our modules prepare you very well for that examination.  If you are interested in CFA, start with Economics and Risk Management.


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