The primary objective of agricultural economists is to maximise profitability in agriculture to the benefit of society. They pursue this aim through studying and analysing the aspects that influence the agricultural economy and distribution of resources, such as land, raw materials, labour and machinery. 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.


Admission requirements

  • APS 26
  • Mathematics level 4 (50%)
  • Additional requirements may be apply per faculty yearbook/calendar



  • Potchefstroom [P]


Qualification Options 

  • BCom  Agricultural Economics and Risk Management

[Qualification 5FKH04: Curriculum E302 P]

Post- graduate studies

  • The honours programme in Agricultural Economics is still being developed and will be offered by 2018.

See the Postgraduate page for more information

Career opportunities

  • Agri-business
  • Agricultural derivatives markets (SAFEX trade)
  • Risk management
  • Treasury