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Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics

Degree Type Graduate Diploma

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

SATAC Code 3GD013

CRICOS 013933C

The Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics is designed to provide the core concepts of economics, as well as the opportunity to extend that knowledge with study in more specialised areas such as trade, resources or finance.  

No prior knowledge of economics is required for entry to this degree. By the end of their studies graduates will be thinking like an economist, with enhanced analytical and reasoning skills, the ability to communicate results concisely and a sound understanding of the ideas and concepts underlying economic policy.

The Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics also offers a direct pathway into the Master of Applied Economics for those students who want to continue and deepen their study.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3GD013
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry
    A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0

    Alternative pathway: Students may enter this degree from the Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics. 

    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GD013

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 013933C
    Intake February and July
    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
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge 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
    Tertiary Qualifications A completed Bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 5.0 or equivalent.

    Alternative Pathway: Students may enter this degree from the Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $28,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees 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.

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  • Careers

    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

    Management Consultant, Banker, Non Government Organisation Worker, Consultant, Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Economist, Public Servant, International Trade or Business Analyst

  • 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

    Students enrolled in a Graduate Diploma are required to undertake intermediate level courses to the value of 24 units.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative Study plan
    To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics students must complete eight courses (24 units) as specified:
    Both of the following core courses (total of 6 units): ECON 7011: Intermediate Microeconomics IID 
    ECON 7071: Intermediate Macroeconomics IID
    One of the following quantitative courses (3 units): ECON 7001: Econometrics PG
    ECON 7051: Intermediate Econometrics IID
    Five courses (15 units) not previously completed. 9 units must be PG level courses: ECON 7001: Econometrics PG
    ECON 7016: Resource and Environmental Economics PG
    ECON 7032: Public Economics PG
    ECON 7036: International Trade and Investment Policy IID
    ECON 7044: International Finance PG
    ECON 7052: East Asian Economies IID
    ECON 7058: Development Economics PG
    ECON 7062: Game Theory PG
    ECON 7072: International Trade PG
    ECON 7114: Money, Banking and Financial  Markets PG
    ECON 7221: The Economics of Climate Change
    ECON 7228: Behavioural Economics IID
    ECON 7237: Industrial Organisation PG
    Please note: Some courses require some mathematical or statistical background. Consult Course Planner for up-to-date course information, availability and scheduling.


    Typically includes a combination of mid-semester tests, assignments and final exams.

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Last updated: Thursday, 16 Nov 2017