Honours Degree of Bachelor of Economics
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An honours degree is a one-year program that builds upon undergraduate study by introducing the challenge of an extended research project.
There are many reasons we encourage graduates to apply for an honours year. You might want to build the necessary foundations for postgraduate research at masters or doctorate levels. You could be seeking answers to economics questions no one else has asked. Perhaps you’re pursuing advanced skills for specialist positions in economics, including in government and business.
What will you do?
- Attend regular classes for advanced coursework.
- Complete a major research dissertation on a topic of your choice.
- Partner with an academic supervisor who’ll support and encourage your progress.
- Develop marketable skills in research design, data analysis and project management.
For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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SATAC Code 3BH007 Intake February Enquiries Future Students team Higher Education Study Students who have completed the required undergraduate program to a satisfactory level may be eligible to apply for the Honours program. Other Entry PathwaysSATAC Code: 3BH007Existing University of Adelaide students can apply for an internal transfer via the Admissions@Adelaide system. Students of institutions other than the University of Adelaide - apply via SATAC using SATAC code: 3BH007.
CRICOS 002791C Intake February
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 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 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 RequirementsMore Information
Tertiary Qualifications Graduate entry only.
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
Indicative annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $11,150
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $38,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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.
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Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Professional AccreditationA wide number of our courses have met the competence area requirement for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Market Researcher, Banker, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Commodities or Futures Trader, Political Adviser, Development Officer, Diplomatic corps, Project Officer, Economic Researcher, Economist, Public Servant, Export / Import trade, Foreign Affairs, Stockbroker, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, International Government and Trade Policy Adviser
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.
You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions 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)
AssessmentAssessment 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: Friday, 22 May 2020