Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Graduate Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GD013
CRICOS 013933C

Arm yourself with economic insight

Economics is everywhere: in the lives of individuals, in the news, in government policy and in the decision-making of big and small organisations.

This one-year program interrogates economic questions and covers key principles to help you navigate the complexities of a globalised world. No prior economics knowledge is required for entry.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics sets you up to use economic tools and skills in the modern world. You will:

  • build essential knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics
  • explore economic growth and development and the organisation of markets
  • practise advanced techniques for managing data
  • apply economic concepts to a range of fields
  • pursue electives according to your interests and career goals—from resources and environmental economics to finance and trade
  • gain enhanced analytical, reasoning and communication skills.

If you want to continue and deepen your studies, the Graduate Diploma also offers a direct pathway into the Master of Applied Economics.

  • 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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    SATAC Code 3GD013
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study 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

    Not an international applicant?

    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
    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 Bachelor degree or equivalent.

    Alternative Pathway: Students may enter this degree from the Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics.
    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
    Australian Full-fee place: $33,000

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $44,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • 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

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

  • 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.

    You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions 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 University 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: Monday, 12 Apr 2021