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Honours subject area

About this honours subject area

Honours in Economics is a one-year (full time) program comprised of both coursework and research. Students complete:

·      five honours-level coursework units of study that extend the knowledge and skills acquired in their undergraduate degree; and

·      a thesis of approximately 15,000 words.

Students work on their thesis throughout the program, under the supervision of an academic staff member. The thesis is a research-based dissertation on a theoretical or applied topic of intellectual interest to the student. The research should identify an area for investigation which makes a relevant contribution to and extends the body of knowledge in your chosen domain. The quality of the research design, development of research question, application of appropriate methodologies, and interpretation of findings, as well as the student’s ability to effectively communicate the research are assessed in the thesis.

Graduate opportunities

An honours year is an investment in your career, allowing you to develop a wide range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers in the public and private sectors. Honours graduates are recognised as possessing knowledge and skills well beyond those obtained by graduates of three-year bachelor’s degrees. Many graduates pursue careers in economic or management consulting; the financial sector; the Reserve Bank of Australia; Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA); Productivity Commission; Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC); and government departments such as Treasury, Finance, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Some graduates pursue careers in academia, politics, and journalism. Honours is also a pathway to postgraduate research study, and a number of graduates proceed to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in Australia and abroad.

Courses that offer this honours subject

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