The purpose of the Professional MCom (Local Economic Development) is to develop an advanced level of knowledge, skills and applied competence in the field of Local Economic Development (LED). The programme is specifically designed to meet the requirements of the LED profession and is aimed at students who plan to qualify as Certified LED professionals. This professional Master’s degree will prepare students to reflect on the practice of LED professionals. Through the research component, students will contribute towards the development of knowledge at an advanced level and prepare them for specialised professional employment.

Admission requirements: The minimum admission requirement is a cognate Bachelor Honours Degree or a Postgraduate Diploma. Alternatively any other four-year qualification with Honours status on New NQF level 8 / Old NQF level 7 and related Micro- and Macroeconomics and or related experience which is considered relevant and sufficient by the Department of Economics and Econometrics. A preparatory study and an entrance examination may be required by the UJ Department of Economics and Econometrics. Students whose previous degrees did not include Local Economic Development (LED) will have to complete a bridging module in the form of a short learning programme (SLP) entitled “Introduction to LED”.

Contact details: Prof Lorraine Greyling / 011 559 2057 /

Registration and Start Dates

Registration starts in January and lectures in February for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work programmes.

All research programmes for Masters and PhD can register throughout the year.

End Date: Academic starts in January and ends in December. Programme deadline is determined by the duration of the programme.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 7, 2019
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