Graduate Certificate in  Economic Studies

Program code: 5602

Delivery location

St Lucia


Half Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

The Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies will teach you core economic principles and concepts, and open doors to a new career, further study, or new ways of understanding the world.

  • This six-month Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies teaches students without an economics background essential knowledge about microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, and mathematical techniques.
  • Develop sharp analytical-, critical- and logical-thinking skills, which are highly valued in a great number of workplaces. Graduates of our program have found success in competitive, fast-moving organisations, both in Australia and internationally.
  • Use your qualifications as a pathway to one of our prestigious and respected two-year masters programs, which provide advanced training in the foundational concepts taught in the Graduate Certificate of Economic Studies.
  • Join a long tradition of teaching, research and graduate excellence at UQ's School of Economics. Our economists rank among Australia's best and claim a large share of Australia's economics honours, competitive research grants and fellowships.

Take the first step in your economic education and understand the key concepts that play a significant role in shaping businesses, societies, governments and, ultimately, the world.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    According to Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), the UQ School of Economics is in the top 25 per cent of research institutions in the world – ranked 49th in the world and 2nd in Australia (April 2018). 

  • Accreditation

    Quality programs

    Programs offered through the School of Economics are Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) compliant to higher levels than those offered by many other Australian universities. This means you can be sure the education you receive is not only high quality, but has also been verified and accredited to rigorous national standards.

  • 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 through internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Work closely with experts

    UQ is home to the Australian Institute of Business and Economics and research centres including the Centre for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis and the Macroeconomics Research Group. This means our teaching, and your learning, are enhanced by the very best and very latest research.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies possess core knowledge and skills that are valuable in a large number of workplaces.

Qualifications in economics have allowed a great number of our graduates to progress further in their existing professional careers, or move into new roles that involve more economic analysis.

Other graduates choose to advance their studies further and enrol in a Graduate Diploma in Economics, or one of our two-year economics masters programs.

  • Careers

    Pursue further studies

    Graduates have the opportunity to pursue further study and enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Economics, or one of our two-year economics master's programs. Possessing a master's degree is a significant advantage in the workplace, and could lead to a new career in research.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    Half Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


To enrol in the program, a person must -

  • hold an approved degree or equivalent with a GPA of 4; or
  • have completed post-secondary study and at least five years full-time (or equivalent) professional work experience in the fields of business or economics, as approved by the executive dean; or
  • have at least seven years full-time (or equivalent) work experience in the fields of business or economics, as approved by the executive dean.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies. 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.

Professional memberships

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

  • Economic Society of Australia

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $16,480
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies for one semester in 2019. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program.

The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies is 5602. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

The following supporting documentation is required for all applications made on the basis of work experience. Please ensure that you have included ALL required documentation when you submit your application.

  • Evidence of work experience in the form of a CV. Please ensure that your CV includes your full work history, and outlines the major activities you undertake on a daily basis.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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