Graduate Diploma in Economics

The Graduate Diploma in Economics is an 8 unit of study (48 credit point) program that provides a strong grounding in Economic tools. It also acts as a pathway to the Master of Economics.

Every effort, including evening teaching times and lecture recordings, is made to make this program accessible to professionals and part-time students. There are two intakes per year for the Graduate Diploma in Economics, with classes commencing in March and July.

How to apply

Applications can be made through Sydney Courses.

Admission

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Economics requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with from the University of Sydney, with a minimum 60% average, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate with a minimum pass average (50%), or an equivalent qualification.

Details of the English language requirements for entry into this course are available here.

Degree requirements

Note that students who commenced study prior to 2015 should consult the relevant Faculty Handbook for details of their degree requirements.

To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Economics, students must successfully complete a total of 8 units of study (48 credit points), comprising:

  • four foundational units of study (24 credit points)
  • four core units of study (24 credit points)

Foundation units of study

  • ECMT5001 Principles of Econometrics
  • ECON5001 Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON5002 Macroeconomic Theory
  • Either ECON5004 Communication on Economics or ECON5005 Quantitative Tools for Economics

Core units of study

  • ECMT6002 Econometric Applications
  • ECON6001 Microeconomic Analysis 1
  • ECON6002 Macroeconomic Analysis 1
  • FINC5001 Capital Markets and Corporate Finance

Progression guide

The following table shows an example degree progression for students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Economics on a full-time basis completing four units of study per semester beginning in Semester 1 of a year.

Year / Semester Units of study 1 Units of study 2 Units of study 3 Units of study 4 Total Credit points
Year 1
Semester 1
ECMT5001 Principles of Econometrics ECON5001 Microeconomic Theory ECON5002 Macroeconomic Theory ECON5004 Communication in Economics OR ECON5005 Quantitative Tools for Economics 24
Year 1
Semester 2
ECON6001 Microeconomic Analysis 1 ECON6002 Macroeconomic Analysis 1 ECMT6002 Econometric Applications FINC5001 Capital Markets & Corporate Finance 24

Please Note: the information listed in this program of study example is meant as a guide only. Students should always check the requirements for individual units of study. Students are usually able to complete the units of study for their degree in different sequences to that listed above. You are advised to plan your degree based upon your individual needs and to contact the Faculty Office if you need any assistance in planning your progression in your degree.

Entry requirements

For entry into this course, students must have completed an Australian bachelor’s degree with a minimum 60 percent average or a recognised equivalent qualification, OR completed the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification.

For details of the English language requirements for entry into this course, please refer to 'English Language Requirements for International Students'

Upgrade is possible for a Grad Dip to Masters in the embedded degree.

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Degree requirements for students commencing in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Economics, students must successfully complete a total of eight units of study (48 credit points), comprising:

  • three core foundational units of study (18 credit points)
  • five elective units of study (30 credit points)

Foundational core units of study

  • ECMT5001 Principles of Econometrics
  • ECON5001 Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON5002 Macroeconomic Theory

Elective units of study

  • ECMT6002 Econometric Applications
  • ECMT6003 Applied Business Forecasting
  • ECMT6005 Applied Discrete Choice Modelling *
  • ECMT6006 Applied Financial Econometrics
  • ECMT6007 Analysis of Panel Data
  • ECMT6008 Business Operations Analysis *
  • ECMT6510 Management Decision Making *
  • ECON6006 Market Structure and Strategic Behaviour
  • ECON6008 International Money and Finance
  • ECON6009 Economics of the Labour Market
  • ECON6010 Public Economics
  • ECON6016 Trade and Development
  • ECON6018 Environmental Economics
  • ECON6021 Financial Economics
  • ECON6023 International Trade
  • ECON6024 Private Equity *
  • ECON6025 Strategic Decision Making
  • ECON6026 Strategic Business Relationships *
  • ECON6027 Experimental Economics
  • FINC5001 Capital Markets and Corporate Finance

* These units are not offered for 2015.

For details of these units of study, please refer to the University's Online unit of study handbook.

Progression guide

The following table shows an example course progression for students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Economics on a full-time basis completing four units of study per semester.

Year / Semester Units of study Credit points
Year 1
Semester 1
ECMT5001 Principles of Econometrics ECON5001 Microeconomic Theory ECON5002 Macroeconomic Theory elective 24
Year 1
Semester 2
elective elective elective elective 24

Please Note: The information listed in this program of study example is meant as a guide only. Students should always check the requirements for individual units of study. Students are usually able to complete the units of study for their degree in different sequences to that listed above. You are advised to plan your degree based upon your individual needs and to contact the Faculty Office if you need any assistance in planning your progression in your degree.