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Economics

Address the major problems and challenges our world faces
Studying economics with us will provide you with critical thinking and problem-solving skills so you can analyse historic trends, interpret news and make predictions about the future.

Our study offering

Undergraduate degrees

The Bachelor of Economics introduces you to a diverse, fascinating discipline that addresses a range of big issues in modern life and plays a central role in shaping the broad framework of society at every level. It provides undergraduate training in theoretical and applied aspects of modern economics, econometrics and financial economics. 

Majors and minors

Below is a list of our economics majors and minors. These are available to all students studying the Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.

Agricultural and Resource Economics

Econometrics

Economic Policy*

*Not available to Bachelor of Economics students

Economics

Financial Economics

We offer three postgraduate master’s degrees. If you don’t have a background in economics or you’re a new economics graduate, our Master of Economics will provide you with the skills to apply economic methods and knowledge to practical, contemporary problems in business and government.

The dual degree, Master of Economics (with Fudan University), will allow you to graduate with two master’s degrees from two prestigious international universities. Designed for students who wish to engage in international business partnerships with China and take advantage of growing business opportunities in the region, this dual degree equips you with advanced analytical and quantitative skills in economics.

If you have a strong background in economics and are looking to receive advanced training or a pathway to higher degree study, you may like to consider our Master of Economic Analysis.

In addition, we have the following graduate diplomas and graduate certificates on offer.

What is economics?

Economics is the study of trade-offs – how we make decisions and use resources as individuals, businesses, industries, governments and nations.

It affects our daily lives and shapes the world around us. It addresses and answers a range of modern life's big issues. From businesses seeking critical insights into the markets they compete in to governments and NGOs seeking solutions to domestic and international challenges, economics plays a central role in shaping the broad framework of society at every level.

Economics is crucial to understanding and solving the major problems and challenges the world faces today. These include global warming, poverty and disadvantage, booms and recessions and market failures. Economics is also important for understanding business strategies and competition in the marketplace.

Why study economics with us?

  • We are ranked in the top five in Australia for economics.* 
  • Our degrees promote a deep understanding of the key concepts of economics with a focus on contemporary issues of Australian and international importance.
  • You can balance your workload with our flexible study options, such as part-time study for eligible** students. 
  • As an undergraduate student you can choose from our arts and social sciences majors as well as more than 100 majors from the University’s shared pool, allowing you to gain expertise in a range of disciplines.
  • Access our highly regarded undergraduate honours degree in economics, with expert training in applied economics, economic theory and econometrics.
  • Join our community, which includes leaders in the Reserve Bank, Treasury and other policy departments, international agencies such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, financial institutions and non-government organisations. 

* 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject. 

**Please refer to individual course requirements and visa details (for international students) regarding eligibility for part-time study.

Where can study in economics lead you?

As an economics graduate you’ll have many interesting career choices. We’ll prepare you for roles in government, banking, financial markets and consulting in both the private and public sectors and NGOs.

Bridie Moran
Eliza Owen – Commercial Property Research Analyst, CoreLogic
“The Bachelor of Economics taught me the fundamental principles of economics as well as how to critique them. The interdisciplinary approach and analytical thinking encouraged within the degree make it applicable to a wide range of industries.”
Download the undergraduate course guide (pdf, 4.8MB)

Bridie Moran
Robert Montgomery – Chief Economist and Head of Policy, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
“My postgraduate qualifications have added credibility to the work I produce and the positions for which I advocate, and strong training in economics has provided me with a problem-solving toolkit that allows me to understand complex issues quickly. I recommend the Master of Economics to help develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are useful in any sector and in almost any role.”
Download the postgraduate course guide (pdf, 6MB)