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The University of Adelaide SA 5005


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Is a Bachelor of Economics for me?

"Studying Economics gives you a more holistic approach to thinking about real world issues and solving problems than probably any other course of study.

This method of thinking can be very successfully used across many different types of roles in business and government and is seen as being of considerable value by many employers for both technical and management jobs.

This way of thinking, along with the specific knowledge picked up as part of an Economics Degree,  is why there are so many people with Economics Degrees in quite different senior roles across Australia and internationally."

Daryl Gobbett
Chief Economist Prescott Securities

The Bachelor of Economics does not have any Yr 11 or 12 prerequistes, but some maths studies are recommended as economics involves aspects of applied mathematical studies. Economics in secondary school may be advantageous but is not essential. First year economics lecturers assume students have not studied economics previously. English in secondary school is recommended, as essay writing skills are useful in all University courses.

Elective Courses:

Half of the courses in a Bachelor of Economics degree are in the area of Economics, and the other half of the degree is made up of elective courses. You can choose further economics courses or courses from other disciplines, such as:

  • Finance
  • Geography
  • History
  • Environmental or Development Studies
  • Languages
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computer science

You will complete your degree in 3 years of full time study, or you can choose take your studies part-time.

The Faculty of the Professions Student Support Hub can tell you more.