Economics with Risk Management


Risk managers follow qualitative and quantitative approaches to identify, measure and manage the exposure to financial and non-financial risks. Understanding the level of regulation and the functioning of financial markets enables a risk manager to minimise losses and to stabilise cash flows. The qualification offers specialist knowledge, especially on financial risk management.

Typical tasks include:

  • Analysis of the financial impact on the company when risks occur

  • Analysing current risks and identifying potential risks that are affecting the company

  • Establishing the level of risk the company is willing to take

  • Preparing risk management and insurance budgets

  • Risk reporting tailored to the relevant audience

  • Creating business continuity plans to limit risks

  • Maintaining records of insurance policies and claims

Core subjects 

  • Financial Risk Management
  • Investment Management
  • Bank Risk Management
  • Derivative Instruments

Degree options

BCom Economics with Risk Management 

Degree duration: 3 years, full time

Offered at:

  • Potchefstroom [P]
  • Vanderbijlpark [V]


BCom Economics with Risk Management - Extended programme

Degree duration: 4 years, full time

Offered at:

  • Vanderbijlpark [v]

Admission requirements

BCom Economics with Risk Management 

  • APS: 26
  • Mathematics: Levels 4 (50%)
  • English: Level 4

BCom Economics with Risk Management - Extended programme

  • APS: 24
  • Mathematics: Levels 3 (40%) or Mathematics Literacy: Level 6
  • English: Level 3

Career opportunities

  • Bank management
  • Financial risk management
  • Corporative and city treasurer
  • Funds- and asset management
  • SAFEX trade
  • Money-, capital- and stock market
  • Economic advice

Postgraduate studies

Post-graduate studies in Economic Sciences includes

  • BCom Honours Degree 

  • MCom and

  • PhD


These post-graduate degrees are offered at

  • Potchefstroom [P]

  • Vanderbijlpark [V]