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Graduate Diploma in  Economics

Program code: 5077

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

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

Commencing

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

The Graduate Diploma in Economics will introduce you to core economic concepts and extend your knowledge to open doors to further study, an advanced career, or new ways of understanding the world.

  • This one-year program is suitable for those with any bachelor's degree and who can meet minimum GPA requirements – see Program Details. It combines core and advanced-level courses in fields such as microeconomics and macroeconomics.
  • Gain a strong foundation in key economic principles before building on that knowledge to further understand important concepts in mathematics and statistics. You will develop sharp analytical-, critical- and logical-thinking skills.
  • Use this program as a pathway to one of our master's program, which cover areas including Economics, Business Economics, Development Economics, Economics and Public Policy, Health Economics, or International Economics and Finance.
  • 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.

If you're looking to be a respected leader in your field and develop intelligent insight into economics and society, then the Graduate Diploma in Economics program is for you.

  • 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.

  • In the classroom

    Flexible study options

    The Graduate Diploma in Economics includes an elective field of study in your final semester, which allows you to focus on a specialised area. Electives cover topics such as microeconomic theory, the economic behaviour of financial markets, health economics, natural resource economics, and research methods.

Career outcomes

The School of Economics takes great pride in its graduates, many of whom have taken up important positions in central and merchant banks, economic centres within government, and in policy think-tanks, both within Australia and internationally.

Our graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Economics are highly employable across private and public sectors in various agencies, international organisations, private businesses, and banks.

Graduates have been employed in a wide range of areas including:

  • investment banking
  • management consulting
  • financial analysis
  • government economic policy
  • research.

Employers have included major banks, Departments of Treasury, the Australian Taxation Office and the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Other graduates choose to undertake further study and complete one of our two-year masters programs, which cover areas including Economics, Business Economics, Development Economics, Economics and Public Policy, Health Economics, or International Economics and Finance.

Summary

  • Program code
    5077
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

To enrol in the program, a person must hold -

  • the graduate certificate in economic studies from this university with a GPA of 4; or
  • a bachelor degree, or equivalent, with a GPA of 4.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Graduate Diploma in Economics 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 Diploma in Economics. 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.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Graduate Diploma in Economics at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Professional memberships

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

  • Economic Society of Australia

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Economics 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

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Diploma in Economics 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 $32,930
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Diploma in Economics for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. 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.

Scholarships

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 Diploma in Economics can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Diploma in Economics is 5077. 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 Diploma in Economics 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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