The School of Economic and Management Sciences (SoEMS), the home of the BCom Generic and Diploma in Retail Business Management, is a dynamic and inspiring school that continually aims to meet the demands of the fast-changing economic and management environment.

We achieve this by conducting ground-breaking academic research and delivering innovative teaching in disciplines such as Economics, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Retailing. Our graduates are able to gain access to tailored opportunities in industry, academia, research, and community service niches. The students gain experience and exposure to local and international businesses through several agreements the School has with relevant stakeholders.


Economic and Management Sciences students have access to an array of opportunities in academia, industry and government. This is due to the fact that the School aims to reinforce its position as a key player in the disciplines of retailing, economic, financial and management sciences through its excellence in teaching and learning and research. Simultaneously, the School continues to dedicate its efforts towards producing knowledgeable, innovative, responsible and industrious citizens.

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Bachelor of Commerce (GENERIC) - BCOM

Period of study: 3 Years

The Bachelor of Commerce exits at HEQSF level 7 and the minimum duration is three years. A student needs to obtain a total of 416 SAQA credits in order to obtain the degree.  There is a strong focus on core functional areas of Business Management with majors offered in Business Management and other disciplines. The B.Com intends to develop skilled graduates who are able to engage critically with the world and apply disciplinary content to the resolution of problems.  Business Management and Communication are compulsory 1st year modules.

Diploma in Retail Business Management

Period of study: 3 Years

This diploma provides students with the knowledge, insight and skills needed to follow a successful management career in the retail or wholesale fields. Retail and wholesale businesses strive to satisfy the needs of consumers by providing the necessary products and services.  The retail industry offers national and international career opportunities for the graduate. The variety of retail and wholesale businesses is enormous and includes departmental stores, hypermarkets, shopping centres, speciality stores, general dealers, chain stores, supermarkets, factory stores, boutiques and restaurants.

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