Why Study Economics at UNE

Economics is centrally concerned with the relationship between scarce means and unlimited wants characteristic of the human condition. It examines economic relationships from both a microeconomic perspective (i.e. at the level of the individual consumer and producer) and a macroeconomic perspective (i.e. at the level of the economy as a whole). While economic theory is concerned with explaining the behavioural implications of relative scarcity, economic policy focuses on measures designed to reduce the extent of scarcity and to alter the burden of scarcity amongst members of society.

A degree in economics from UNE prepares you for positions in the private sector - especially in the banking and finance industry, and in the public sector - at the local, state and federal government levels. A UNE economics degree enjoys an enviable reputation both nationally and internationally.

Undergraduates wishing to specialise in economics should complete an economics major within the three-year Bachelor of Economics program or a business economics major within the three-year Bachelor of Business program. These majors build on compulsory units in microeconomics and macroeconomics, and provide opportunities for further study in areas such as international trade and payments, banking and finance and labour economics.

The Bachelor of Economics with Honours program offers a fourth year of specialised training in economics. On completion of the course you will have the advanced knowledge and research skills appropriate for a career as a professional economist. This program can also provide a gateway to candidature for a Masters or PhD degree in economics.

Flexible Learning Environments

We offer flexible learning environments for on- and off-campus students including a fully supported, interactive online learning experience.

Students who choose to study on-campus get to experience our beautiful and expansive campus.  If you choose to study off-campus you can be assured of great IT support with your interactive online learning experience. UNE's online technology allows close engagement with both academics and your peers. We have excellent student/staff ratios which means our academics have more time to spend with each student, offering you a more personal experience.  Our academic team include active researchers, bringing their knowledge to the classroom, maximising your learning benefit.


It is possible to study economics at UNE within a wide range of degree programs or courses as outlined below.


Postgraduate Research


Bachelor Honours

Course Coordinators

Bachelor of Agribusiness and Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Economics (Hons)
Graduate Diplomas in Economics

Master of Economic and Regional Development

Other Masters



Across all areas of human endeavour:

  • Private sector
  • Government
  • Non-government organisations
  • Some economists even engaged in forecasting how many medals different countries would win at the Olympics!

Career Opportunities in the Private Sector:

  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Wholesale/retail/export
  • Agriculture and other resource industries
  • Agribusiness firms: e.g. food and fibre processing; merchandising of farm inputs and outputs; consultancy
  • Manufacturing and Infrastructure
  • Information technology

Career Opportunities in the Government Sector

  • Policy-making roles involving analysis and implementation of economic policy issues, such as Treasury, Planning Departments
  • Research and development in government bodies such as CSIRO, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Teaching: Secondary; University
  • International agency work, such as International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Asian Development Bank

Australian Examples of Economics Research in the School are:

  • Local government amalgamation: should local governments be larger?
  • A study of the way economic institutions have evolved in Australia
  • Devising market solutions to environmental problems, such as salinity
  • Estimating the cost of weeds to Australian agriculture

International Examples of Economics Research in the School are:

  • Examining the net benefits of free trade agreements using economic modelling (e.g. between Australia and Japan)
  • Examining the net benefits of free trade agreements using economic modelling (e.g. between Australia and Japan)
  • Contract farming in Indonesia: enabling agreements between smallholders and agribusiness corporations
  • Measuring risk and efficiency in rice farming in the Philippines
  • Border controls and the movement of people in a globalising Asia-Pacific region

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