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Graduate Diploma in  Economics

Program code: 5077
CRICOS code: 008579C

Location

St Lucia

Duration

1 Year full-time

Commencing

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

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

    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.

  • 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
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code
    008579C

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.

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 Diploma in Economics 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 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, 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 annual fee

AUD $36,688
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Diploma in Economics for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

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

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All international student applications for the Graduate Diploma in Economics 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 Diploma in Economics is 5077. You'll need this when applying.

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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 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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