Do you have high-altitude ambitions for your future career? Do you see yourself working in major financial centres like London, New York, Zurich, Paris, Singapore or Shanghai? You're in the right place.

  • The Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) is a four-year program that develops the analytical rigour needed for a high-powered career in finance and economics, whether in the international banking sector or beyond.
  • Study advanced courses from your first year that cover topics including microeconomics, macroeconomics, financial management, financial accounting, econometrics, and data analytics and management.
  • Choose to major in either Economics or Finance by the end of your third year. Majors are optional – if you prefer, you can complete a more general pathway and undertake a range of electives and a team project.
  • Work with an elite cohort of exceptionally driven students, get access to leading academics, researchers and corporate practitioners, and forge life-long connections, both personally and professionally.

Get ready for a career in fast-paced, competitive, and influential organisations, where you'll be at the heart of the global economy.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    Courses are taught by UQ Business School and the School of Economics, which are two of the most influential and prestigious departments of their kind in Australia. UQ was also ranked 39th in the world for accounting and finance in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Teaching staff

    Our teachers are tops

    UQ is home to some of Australia's leading economics researchers who have earned a large number of prestigious awards, competitive research grants and fellowships. We also have specialist research centres including the Centre for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis.

  • Professional experience

    Link up with industry and the profession

    The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law's award-winning Student Employability Team (SET) helps students develop their careers with a range of professional opportunities. These include internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

  • Teaching staff

    World-leading academics

    UQ Business School is home to some of the most innovative educators in Australia, who are bound to challenge your thinking. Many also work in consultancy for leading companies, agencies and organisations to help them address the challenges they face.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

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  • Employability

    Take the next step

    When you graduate with a UQ honours qualification, you'll stand out as a leader in your field. Previous economics honours graduates have gone on to receive full scholarships at universities including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and UC Berkeley.

Majors for this program

Majors for this program

There are 2 majors available in the Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours).

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Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) are distinguished by their highly developed capacities for research, analysis, critical thinking and problem solving.

Graduates can expect to find employment across the private and public sectors in a large number of agencies, international organisations, economic and management consultancies, insurance companies, financial organisations, and banks. Employers might include:

  • financial institutions, stockbroking firms, and merchant and investment banks
  • international organisations, including the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and World Health Organization
  • funds managers and private equity firms 
  • multinational corporations and local firms
  • government departments and agencies at every level including the Reserve Bank and the ACCC
  • utilities, including transport, communications, and power supply
  • economic and management consulting firms 
  • policy think-tanks, research organisations, and universities.

Many of our Economics and Finance graduates also further their research ambitions by enrolling in Master of Philosophy or PhD programs, both in Australia and internationally, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Fast Facts

    Internationally accredited

    UQ Business School was the first business school in Australia to be accredited by the pre-eminent ranking bodies AACSB International and EQUIS.

  • Professional experience

    Give back and grow your network

    The Community Engagement Program (CEP) gives you opportunities to work on real-life projects with not-for-profit and community organisations. In small groups, you'll apply your classroom knowledge and experience, and develop your leadership and networking skills.

  • Employability

    Build a professional reputation

    It's possible the thesis you write as an honours student will be publishable and make a significant contribution to the field. This means your research might establish your professional reputation – and potentially act as a gateway for future jobs.

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.


  • Program code
  • 714311
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English, Mathematics B or C.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs


The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.


The study of economics is central to an understanding of business, markets, trade, government policies, international issues, globalisation, health, development, and the environment. This major is for anyone with an interest in becoming an analyst, adviser, or economist in either the public or private sector. As a student in this major, you'll undertake advanced-level coursework in microeconomics and macroeconomics, including relevant study of econometrics.

Career outcomes

Graduates of this major typically build economics-focused careers in business, finance, international development, management, or research.


This major is for anyone who wants to work in banking and finance, investment and portfolio management, corporate finance, risk assessment, or business analysis. As a student in the Finance major, you'll learn how to apply scientific research methods to problems encountered in finance, debt and equity capital markets, funds management, and private equity. You can also choose between coursework that examines corporate finance issues with a strong focus on practical applications, or coursework that involves in-depth study of empirical research methods.

Career outcomes

Graduates of this major typically work in investment banking, funds management, management and financial consulting, corporate financial management, stockbroking, infrastructure financing and development, international finance and trade, or government agencies.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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