Economists study the complex interaction of social, environmental and financial factors to guide major industry and government decision-making.

Be surrounded by world-class research

Your economics experience at the University of Adelaide will be informed and supported by outstanding research in the discipline - and closely related fields - happening all around you.

In the Australian Government's most recent Excellence in Research for Australia assessment, our research was rated 'above world standard' in:

  • Economic Theory
  • Applied Economics
  • Banking, Finance and Investment.

And it was recognised as 'well above world standard' in: Mathematical Sciences; Statistics; and Philosophy.

Australia's most experienced business educator

In 1902, the University of Adelaide became the first university in Australia to offer degrees in business.

This means your education here will be enriched by our 120 years of collective learnings and insights, and a focus on quality that still has us ranked among the world's top 100 universities for accounting and finance*. We're also ranked #1 in South Australia for both economics and accounting and finance*.

Career prospects

A degree in Economics opens many opportunities across a number of industries. Economics can lead to some of the best paid and most versatile careers. As there is considerable demand for graduates with high levels of numeracy skills and the ability to analyse data, our Economics graduates build careers within, and beyond, the financial sector, business, government and law.

  • Ranked #1 in SA for Economics *
  • Australia’s #1 uni for entrepreneurship and engagement^
  • Ranked top 150 globally in Accounting and Finance*

*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022
^Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities, 2017

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The mathematical and statistics tools developed in economics, complemented with the critical thinking of law, has allowed me to view the world through a particular and useful lens.