Honours Degree of Bachelor of Economics

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3BH007
CRICOS 002791C

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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.

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  • Entry Requirements

    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 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. 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. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 3BH007
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    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 Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3BH007

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 002791C
    Intake February
    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 6.5 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 Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Graduate entry only
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $14,500

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $40,500


    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

    Professional Accreditation

    A wide number of our courses have met the competence area requirement for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

    Potential careers

    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

  • 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.

    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)


    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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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Saturday, 21 Nov 2020