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Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies

Program code: 5602
CRICOS code: 084718M

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

Half Year full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)

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

    UQ’s School of Economics is consistently ranked in the top two per cent of research-intensive economic departments in the world. Our economics researchers also ranked in the top three in Australia in the 2015 ERA Outcomes.

  • 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 with a range of professional opportunities. These include 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.

Summary

  • Program code
    5602
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    Half Year full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    8
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code
    084718M

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure

Courses

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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative program fee

AUD $18,344
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative program fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies for one semester in 2018. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. The fee for part-time study is proportionately lower.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

Apply now

All international student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

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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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 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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