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Economics

Discover skills for the future and make a difference with your career.

Through economics, you can follow your passion and shape the world. Get the knowledge and skills to create an exciting career in economics.

Our Bachelor of Economics offers you a pathway to specialise in either Industry, Policy and Business Strategy or Society and Environment, both teaching you how to understand the world around you to support industry and government with policy and practice.

You’ll also be able to cross-skill by studying a range of electives from other areas of the University.

Course Options

Bachelor of Economics

3 years full-time, 7 years part-time*
Hobart CRICOS 002342F

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Bachelor of Economics with Honours

1 year full-time, 3 years part-time*
Hobart CRICOS 039206J

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*Subject to international student visa conditions if applicable.

Relocation Bursaries

Make a difference with your career. Help solve the economic and financial challenges of the future.

Learn from leading experts whose links with industry, professional associations, other academics and government ensure that their teaching remains contemporary and relevant.

Real-world learning. Enrich your degree through hands-on learning experiences: corporate internships, report writing, multidisciplinary teamwork, and the use of industry case studies in the classroom.

Double degrees

Our new double degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge and expertise within two separate study areas. This means you can choose from our range of exciting, diverse courses and embark on a journey as unique as you are.

Learn more about our double degrees

Pathways

At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Study options

Industry, Policy and Business Strategy

Understand contemporary economics and develop the analytical and problem-solving skills required to be a successful professional. Students are prepared for success in business and industry including key growth industries in Tasmania and beyond: energy, agriculture, and business strategy. You’ll be equipped with in-demand skills from businesses, Local, State, and Commonwealth government agencies as well as a range of consulting firms and non-government industry organisations.

Society and Environment

Are you interested in finding economic solutions to make a positive impact on society and the environment? This major teaches you about contemporary economics with an applied focus on social and public policy. You will learn about issues facing the world today, including environmental management and resource economics, the economics of social issues including crime and education, regional development, and other issues in public policy. Graduates gain a set of skills and experiences valued by businesses, consulting firms, government, and non-government agencies.

Course breakdown

Bachelor of Economics

3 years full-time or 7 years part-time.

To graduate from the Bachelor of Economics, a student must satisfactorily complete 300 credit points of study comprising:

  • A minimum of 100 credit points of core units; and
  • At least one approved 100 credit point Bachelor of Economics major; and
  • Choice of elective units of up to 100 credit points. You may choose from any units offered by the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics or other areas of the University that are available as electives. You can also use this space in your degree to complete an optional second major.

Bachelor of Economics with Honours

This on-campus, 1-year full-time or 3-year part-time honours degree course is offered through the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics (TSBE) at Hobart.

Candidates are required to complete four units of coursework and to write a dissertation under individual supervision.

If you are considering enrolling in the Honours program, please contact the Honours Coordinator - Dr Satoshi Yamazaki - before submitting your application for admission.

Career outcomes

Numbers, nature and a whole new lifestyle

Economics student Neil divides his time between study and enjoying Tasmania’s amazing lifestyle. “I would say ‘just to do it!’ UTAS degrees are recognised throughout the world so it will allow students to be mobile. Studying at UTAS was one of the best decisions I have ever taken in my life.” Prithviraj (Neil) Banerjee, Bachelor of Economics

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Economics graduates work in a broad range of occupations and industries, often beyond the discipline of economics itself, and are highly sought after by employers who value their economic literacy and analytical skills.

Our Bachelor of Economics gives you both job-specific and transferrable skills. You’ll gain job-specific skills in your major area of study, so you’re ready to enter the workforce in a wide variety of careers where you want to make a difference including International Development, Health, Environment, Business, Banking, Finance, Public Policy, Inter-Governmental Affairs, and Diplomacy.

Transferrable skills set you up for long-term success. We provide you with a detailed understanding of how decisions are made by individuals, firms, and governments through analysis of a broad range of micro- and macro-economic settings and teach you analytical thinking and evidence-based decision making, so you can adapt as the job market evolves.

Here are some of the careers projected to grow into 2024*:

  • Management and Organisation Analysts 24.7%
  • Policy and Planning Managers 10.8%
  • Research and Development Managers 10.0%

*Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business five Year projections from May 2019 to May 2024.

Study Experiences

Economics with experience

“I figured that if there were prominent UTAS alumni, such as economist Saul Eslake, who were well regarded then there was probably nothing stopping me from achieving my career aspirations.” Peter Legg Bachelor of Economics with Honours

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Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.