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Honours Degree of Bachelor of Economics

Degree Type Honours Bachelor

Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equiv.


CRICOS 002791C

The Bachelor of Economics program usually takes three years to complete. Students who obtain good results may apply for entry to the Honours program. This is particularly useful for students who wish to continue with their studies in Economics and take research-based programs such as the Master of Philosophy or the Ph.D. Completion of an Honours degree opens up more options for specialist positions in economics, including in government and business. Honours graduates have also taken the first step towards more advanced studies in the field.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
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    CRICOS 002791C
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6 Reading 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 60 Reading 8 Listening 8 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 50 Reading 42 Listening 42 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 169 Reading 162 Listening 162 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    International Qualifications Graduate entry only.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $10,450

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    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $31,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    The Bachelor of Economics is designed primarily as an education for future managers and decision makers in all areas of the economy - private firms, government departments, consultancies and private and public interest groups. Economics graduates are employed by trading and merchant banks, stockbrokers, manufacturers and distributors, insurance companies, and a wide range of government organisations. Other options include journalism, teaching and international consulting.

    Completion of an Honours degree opens up more options for specialist positions in economics, including in government and business. Honours graduates have also taken the first step towards more advanced studies in the field

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Market Researcher, Banker, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Commodities or Futures Trader, Consultant, Political Adviser, Development Officer, Diplomatic corps, Project Officer, Economic Researcher, Economist, Public Servant, Employment Consultant, Research Assistant, Export / Import trade, Foreign Affairs, Stockbroker, Government Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, International Government and Trade Policy Adviser, Journalist ...

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    During the Honours year students will write a thesis and undertake coursework.  In Semester 1 there are three core coursework courses in advanced level Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Econometrics.  Students will also choose one Level IV elective.  In Semester 2 students choose one more Level IV elective and will also complete their thesis.  Throughout the year, students are also expected to attend the Honours Workshops.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Semester 1
    Core Courses ECON 4011 Microeconomic Theory IV (H)
    ECON 4012 Macroeconomics IV (H)
    ECON 4014 Econometrics IV (H)
    Electives One Level IV elective
    Semester 2
    Core Courses ECON 4010 Honours Economics Thesis
    Electives One Level IV elective
    Electives may include:
    ECON 4007 Economic Development IV (H)
    ECON 4016 International Finance IV (H)
    ECON 4008 International Trade IV (H)
    ECON 4015 Public Economics IV (H)
    ECON 4013 Advanced Time Series Econometrics IV (H)
    ECON 4009 Behavioural Game Theory and Experiments IV (H)


    Assessment for the coursework is based on a range of methods. Typical examples of those methods include examinations, tests, individual or group assignments, projects, presentations, online quizzes, and tutorial work.

    Assessment for the thesis course is based on a dissertation of no longer than 12,000 words - see the Honours Handbook for further details.
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Last updated: Monday, 16 May 2016