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Financial Economics

About the major

The major in Financial Economics is focused on the economic models used in finance, and the econometric skills needed to apply these models to financial markets and other economic data. This is an area of high employer demand in a range of diverse fields. The major can also be taken in conjunction with other majors offered by the School of Economics: Economics; Econometrics; Environmental, Agricultural and Resource Economics; or majors offered by the Business School, such as Finance, and the Faculty of Science, such as Financial Mathematics and Statistics.

Requirements for completion

The Financial Economics major and minor requirements are listed in the Financial Economics unit of study table.

Please note: students who are NOT enrolled in the Bachelor of Economics or who will not complete ECOS2001/ECOS2901 as part of a different major or program in Economics must complete the 2000 level core unit ECOS2040 Intermediate Financial Economics rather than ECOS2001/ECOS2901.

ECOS2040 Intermediate Financial Economics is a core 2000 level unit for the Financial Economics major. Completion of ECOS2001 Intermediate Microeconomics or ECOS2901 Intermediate Microeconomics Honours alone will not prepare students for the 3000 level core unit in the Financial Economics major. Where a student completes ECOS2001/ECOS2901, they will also need to complete ECOS2002 Intermediate Macroeconomics or ECOS2902 Intermediate Macroeconomics Honours before undertaking the 3000 level core unit ECOS3022 The Economics of Financial Markets.

Overlapping 1000 level core units of study
Where students are completing both a Financial Economics major and a major in Economics, Econometrics, or Environmental, Agricultural and Resource Economics, where either or both of ECON1001 Introductory Microeconomics and ECMT1010 Introduction to Economic Statistics are core units for both majors, the overlapping 1000 level core unit can count towards the requirements for both majors.

Students needs to complete 6 credit points in elective units of study to make up for the overlap and ensure the required total of credit points are completed for their degree. The elective unit can be from the School of Economics electives or from Table S. For more information please refer to the Economics Degree Subject Area.

Advanced coursework

Requirements and units of study for advanced coursework can be found on the advanced coursework units of study page.

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