Graduate Diploma in Economics and Resource Policy

Shaping sustainable growth and well-resourced future

Economists and analysts posses a unique blend of qualities: critical thinking, analytical prowess, and a passion for creating a brighter, more equitable future. Their efforts shape policies, drive innovation, and chart the course towards a world where resources are wisely managed, wealth is shared widely, and our environment thrives.

Economics isn't just about numbers; it's a catalyst for positive change and a compass guiding us towards a more prosperous and sustainable tomorrow.

What will you do?

Completed over 12 months, our Graduate Diploma 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 diploma can also lead into our 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 3GD136
Deferment Yes - 2 year

February and July

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study

A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent with a GPA of 4.5 or better.

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $39,000

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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:

Econometrician;  Economist;  Financial Analyst;  Future Trader

Degree Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Economics and Resource Policy is an AQF Level 8 qualifications with a standard full-time duration of 1 year. 

Example Study Plan

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Economics and Resource Policy, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  •    Core courses to the value of 12 units
  •    Elective courses to the value of 12 units

Core courses 

Elective courses 

  • AGRIBUS 7022 Global Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7057 Trends and Issues in the World Food System (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7064 Water Security and Governance (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7059  Experiences and Insights in Agri-Food Systems (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7056 Management and Performance of Global Food Chain (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7053 Globalisation and Agriculture in Emerging Economies (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7065 Agricultural Decision Making (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7060 Innovation Systems and Policy Transformation (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7041 Topics in Agricultural Business A (3 units)
  • TRADE 5000 International Trade: Negotiations and Agreements (3 units)
  • TRADE 5001 International Trade: Strategies and Opportunities (3 units)
  • TRADE 7005 Agriculture and Food in International Trade (3 units)
  • TRADE 7008 Services Trade (3 units)
  • TRADE 7007 MNCs, Trade & Sustainable Development (3 units)
  • ECON 7067 Economics Development IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7115 Public Economics IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7121 Microeconomics IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7122 Macroeconomics IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7204 Econometrics IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7223 Time Series Econometrics IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7229 Behavioural Game Theory and Experiments IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7221 The Economics of Climate Change (3 units)
  • ECON 7070 Labour Economics PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7243 Applied Econometrics PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7016 Resource and Environmental Economics PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7032 Public Economics PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7044 International Finance PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7058 Development Economics PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7062 Game Theory PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7072  International Trade PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7114 Money, Banking, and Financial Markets PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7241 Managerial Economics IID (3 units)
  • ECON 7242 Applied Intermediate Econometrics IID (3 units)
  • ECON 7071  Intermediate Macroeconomics IID (3 units)

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Last updated: Thursday, 29 Feb 2024