Delve deeper into your studies, follow your research passion and develop specialist knowledge and advanced skills in our one-year Bachelor of Economics (Honours) program.

  • The Bachelor of Economics (Honours) is a stimulating and challenging program that will teach you how to conduct research at an international standard. Entry is competitive and is based on your undergraduate GPA.
  • Complete a range of courses that will develop the advanced knowledge and skills needed to complete quantitative research. You'll use this knowledge to write a thesis, which is a major part of the honours program.
  • Choose an honours field that best aligns with your undergraduate studies or your interests. Fields are available in Economics, or Econometrics. For details, see the Majors tab.
  • Push the boundaries and develop high-level skills in critical and analytical thinking, research, communication, problem-solving and project management. Your honours year will open doors to a professional career in research, within industry or academia.

If you're looking to be a respected leader in your field, advance the boundaries of human knowledge and develop specialised competence and expertise, the Bachelor of Economics (Honours) is for you.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The UQ School of Economics is one of the largest, most influential and most prestigious economics departments in Australia. The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law was also ranked 39th in the world by subject in the 2017 QS World University Rankings.

  • Fast Facts

    We're one of a kind

    UQ is the only university in Queensland to offer a Bachelor of Economics (Honours). We're also one of the few universities to offer the program in Australia.

  • In the classroom

    Work closely with experts

    During your honours year, you'll work closely with internationally respected researchers and academics who will guide your studies. Students also undertake coursework in small and supportive groups, which facilitates more in-depth class discussions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Alumni
    “My economics honours year was an amazing experience. It’s hard work, but I learned a lot. It opened up so many opportunities for me like getting to study at one of the best universities in the US.” Joshua O’Donnell, BEcon (Hons) (2011)
    New York University PhD candidate on full scholarship

Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

There are 2 fields of study available in the Bachelor of Economics (Honours).

View all fields of study for this program

Career outcomes

Whether you undertake an honours year to build on your undergraduate education, or to begin a career in research, our graduates have a distinct advantage when applying for professional roles.

Graduates can use their qualifications to distinguish themselves in a competitive jobs market, or as a stepping stone to careers in research, whether in industry or academia.

Students who earn Class I or Class IIA Honours also qualify for most PhD programs across Australia and some internationally, including programs in the United Kingdom and United States.

Honours graduates have also taken up a wide range of opportunities with central and merchant banks, economic centres within government, and policy think-thanks, including roles with:

  • Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)
  • Treasury
  • Productivity Commission
  • United Nations
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Hong Kong Monetary Authority
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Australian Energy Regulator
  • Deloitte
  • AECOM
  • Ernst & Young

You can also choose to further your research ambitions and enrol in an Master's or PhD program, where you'll continue developing your research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • 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.

  • Alumni
    "Learning from some of the leading academics in Australia gave me the solid knowledge foundation to enrol in a PhD. The honours year also dramatically improved my ability for analytical thinking, as well as my ability to manage deadlines." Ben Young, BEcon (Hons) (2011)
    Archibald Scholarship winner and Princeton University PhD candidate on full scholarship

Summary

  • Program code
    2132
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

BEcon or hold an approved degree; and satisfy the requirements provided in the additional application information.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of 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 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

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:

  • Australian Computer Society
  • Australian Society for Operations Research
  • Economic Society of Australia
  • Securities Institute of Australia

Further study options

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

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Bachelor of Economics (Honours).

When you graduate, any fields of study you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Econometrics

The Honours program in Econometrics provides students with professional training in microeconomics, macroeconomics and applied and theoretical econometrics. As a student in this specialisation, you'll undertake coursework that will prepare you for a PhD, and learn the appropriate research methods to conduct an independent research project.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Econometrics specialisation find employment in a range of fields depending on their interests. These fields typically include: international consulting; infrastructure development and planning; environmental management; international finance; investment and trade; natural resource and agricultural economics; public health; treasury; actuarial science; and statistics.

Economics

The Honours program in Economics provides students with professional training in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and a range of electives in econometrics and other areas. As a student in this specialisation, you'll undertake coursework that will prepare you for a PhD, and learn the appropriate research methods to conduct an independent research project.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Economics specialisation find employment in a range of fields depending on their interests. These fields typically include: international consulting; infrastructure development and planning; environmental management; international finance; investment and trade; natural resource and agricultural economics; public health; treasury; actuarial science; and statistics

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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