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2013 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics(13G)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 4 yrs, Maximum 9 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): Faculty of Arts: (03) 6226 2061; Faculty of Business (Faculty Office): Admissions, credit/advanced standing and enrolment queries: 1800 030 955


The 4-year full-time combined degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics is offered on the Hobart campus by the Faculty of Business and the Faculty of Arts. The first year may be completed at Launceston.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the course in 2012. For students who commenced prior to 2012, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2006 should refer to the 2006 Handbook.

Admission & Prerequisites


Applicants are expected to meet the normal requirements set by the University for entry to degree courses. There are also several categories of special admission. No specific course or subject prerequisites apply.


In addition to meeting the University's basic admission requirements, applicants must have passed TCE MAP5C Mathematics Applied, or an equivalent unit, or, a higher level Mathematics subject as accepted by the School of Economics and Finance and/or by the Faculty of Business.

Students returning to study either after a long absence and/or new students, who have the mathematics prerequisite but who lack confidence in their quantitative skills should enrol in one of the following units KMA003 Mathematics Foundation Unit, UPP090 Bridging Maths or BEA109 Introduction Quantitative Methods before enrolling in BEA140 Quantitative Methods. International students who have the mathematics prerequisite but who lack confidence in their quantitative skills and who would like to undertake a mathematics bridging programme may only take BEA109. For further information on these programs please contact the UPP Coordinator ((03) 6226 7281) or the KMA Coordinator (03) 6226 2439).

Applicants who do not have the mathematics prerequisite but who wish to enrol for a Bachelor of Economics should consult the Faculty Office 1800 030 955 concerning a pathway into this degree.
Students who have completed a diploma or an advanced diploma in a business related discipline from an Australian institute of TAFE, and have been admitted to the course may receive credit towards the degree.
Faculty also offers direct credit for its awards. For example, a BBus student wishing to transfer to the BEc with credit and vice versa receives direct credit. Applicants wishing to obtain credit for study already undertaken within another faculty, or an Australian or overseas tertiary institution should consult the Admission Guide for information on procedure.

In the case of international students, credit for previous study will be determined on application.
Depending on the course of study and the majors chosen, students may not be able to use all of the credit that has been granted, for example, credit for unspecified electives. The status of individual units is determined at the time of offer.

Students should contact the Faculty Office 1800 030 955 for further information and advice. For further information on the Faculty's credit policy please consult -

English language skills will also need to be verified. International students must provide an IELTS score with an overall Band of 6 and no band less than 5.5; or a TOEFL score of 550 with a Test of Written English score of no less than 4.5. The test must not be more than 24 months old. Further information can be found under international admissions.

Course Objectives

The objectives of the combined degree are:

  • to complement studies in humanities and social sciences with a solid grounding in modern economics;
  • to broaden the opportunities of economics students to undertake studies in languages and area studies;
  • to prepare students for eventual responsible professional posts in private and public organisation;
  • to produce graduates capable of operating effectively in a rapidly changing environment;
  • to develop students as persons with a life-long interest for learning in their special and related fields.

Career Outcomes

Depending on the choice of units taken - graduates of the combined degree could expect to find positions in banking, financial management, statistics, market research, stock market, government agencies and teaching.

Professional Recognition

There are no professional bodies in the economics discipline. However, while undertaking the Bachelor of Economics degree or a comgined economics degree, students can apply to become special members of the Economic Society of Australia.

Students completing a Bachelor of Economics or an economics combined degree who are also completing a Finance major may meet the academic entry requirements to seek membership of the Australian Institute of Banking and Finance.

Miscellaneous Information

Bachelor of Economics (Honours)

The Bachelor of Economics Honours degree requires one year of full-time study in addition to the requirements for the BEc or BBus or combined pass degree. Student should note the specific unit requirements for the honours program in Finance. Please contact the Schoolof Economics and Finance for further details - (03) 6226 7672

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