Graduate Certificate in Economics and Resource Policy

Influence the economic and resource policies of tomorrow 

Economics and resource policy is about devising strategies for managing the essential resources that fuel our growth and development. Those who choose this career path find themselves in a pivotal role, actively addressing pressing global challenges. Whether crafting policies for sustainable environmental practices, improving workforce efficiency, or promoting responsible resource development, economics and resource policy professionals can have a profound and lasting impact on the world.

What will you do? 
Completed over six months, our Graduate Certificate in Economics and Resource Policy is designed to enhance your employability, with practical skills for both academic and professional success. You will: 
•    explore concepts like incentives, opportunity costs, trade-offs, externalities, and efficiency
•    apply economic principles across various domains, including public policy, international trade, agribusiness, and natural resources
•    learn advanced methods for examining, modelling and analysing data
•    craft economic reports, written summaries of current events, and research projects
•    access support services like the Economics Drop-in Centre, Writing Centre, and Maths Learning Centre
•    develop interpersonal and soft skills for effective communication. 

Equipped with newfound insights, you'll be empowered to offer expert advice on corporate strategies, unravel the context behind current events, shape public policies for a more promising world, and navigate your own personal choices with discernment. 

Where could it take you? 
Our graduates pursue a wide range of exciting careers and research trajectories. As an economic analyst, you might evaluate corporate strategies. As a policy analyst within government, you could spearhead the overhaul of regulatory frameworks. Opportunities extend to stock markets, the expansive arena of food, agriculture and resource industries, and the dynamic domain of banking, financial services, and consulting. The graduate certificate can also lead into our graduate diploma or Master of Economics and Resource Policy, and eventually secure your pathway to a PhD. 

  • Ranked #1 in SA for Economics
  • Strong links to industry leaders
  • Career opportunities in diverse sectors

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC124
Deferment Yes - 2 year

February and July.

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study

A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent with a GPA of 4.0 or better.

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $19,500

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This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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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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Potential careers

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

Banker;  Business Analyst;  Business Data Analyst;  Econometrician;  Economic Researcher;  Economist

Degree Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Economics and Resource Policy is an AQF Level 8 qualifications with a standard full-time duration of 6 months. 

Academic Program Rules

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To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Economics and Resource Policy, the student must complete satisfactorily a program and study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 12 units, comprising:

  • Core courses to the value of 12 units.

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Core courses

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Last updated: Wednesday, 14 Feb 2024