The Master of Science (MSc) in Economics programme offered by the Economics Department at UNAM has been upgraded to a collaborative Masters programme in Economics, under the coordination of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), based in Nairobi, Kenya. The programme consists of three phases: the first phase is coursework, which covers the core courses and selected electives offered at UNAM; the second phase is the set of electives offered through a Joint Facility for Electives (JFE) in a country chosen by the AERC's Academic Board; and the final phase involves theses to be conducted after completion of coursework, including the electives offered at the JFE.
The collaborative Masters programme aims to assist participating universities in training economists in advanced theory and methods, mainly for policy analysis and economic management within government, but also for employment in the private sector. It aims also to provide the foundation for students to pursue more advanced studies at the doctoral level, mainly for employment in universities and research institutions. To this end the collaborative programme aims to help develop Masters programmes in Economics in African universities that meet international standards, which are relevant to the unique circumstances of African economies, and which can eventually be sustained with local resources.
The programme is designed for graduates with a strong interest in economics, with the aim of strengthening skills in quantitative methods and econometric techniques needed for advanced studies in economics, research and the academic profession. The programme is also suited for professionals in the private and public sectors since these sectors need economic tools to analyze risks from different perspectives. The main objective of the programme is to build capacity, particularly for the Economics Department at UNAM, as well as for the Namibian economy, since there are limited qualified professionals in the field of economics in the country.
A candidate must have a Bachelor of Economics or an equivalent degree from UNAM or any other recognized institution of higher learning at the NQF level 8 or equivalent.
A candidate must have a minimum of a Lower Second Class degree.
All applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by a committee of the Department of Economics at UNAM.
Prospective students may be interviewed by the Departmental Committee if deemed necessary.
The Postgraduate Committee will determine eligibility of a candidate and make recommendation to the Registrar's Office for admission.
Duration of Studies:
The Master of Science degree in Economics cannot be obtained in less than two years of study, and must be completed within a period of three academic years full time. There will be no possibility of re-admission after a student has been discontinued from the programme.