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Honours subject area

About this honours subject area

The Economics Honours subject area provides a supportive environment where students develop their skills as economists. These skills are highly valued by demanding employers: analytical ability; problem solving; quantitative methods; data analysis; research; and communication. Students take five semester-length units of study in classes that are usually smaller than 25 students. In the Honours subject area of Economics, coursework accounts for 62.5% of the final Honours grade. Students also write a thesis not exceeding 15,000 words under the supervision of one or two members of the academic staff. The thesis accounts for 37.5% of the final Honours grade. The Honours structure enables a high level of attention from academic staff and close interaction with fellow students. 

The minimum requirement for entry into Economics Honours is an average of 70% in the Economics major and an average of 70% across the following three marks:

(i) ECOS3901 Advanced Microeconomics Honours; 
(ii) ECOS3902 Advanced Macroeconomics Honours; and 
(iii) Highest mark in ECOS3903 Applied Microeconometrics or ECOS3904 Applied Macroeconometrics. 

The Honours year requires completion of 48 credit points, comprising: 

  • 30 credit points of 4000-level honours seminar units of study; and
  • 18 credit points of 4000-level honours thesis units of study. 
Graduate opportunities

Many Economics Honours graduates pursue careers in economic or management consulting; the financial sector; the Reserve Bank of Australia; APRA; Productivity Commission; ACCC; and government departments such as Treasury, Finance and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Many pursue advanced graduate study after their Honours degree, usually abroad. Some have proceeded to academia, politics, and journalism.

Courses that offer this honours subject

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