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Hear from a graduate - Ben Quinlan: a graduate of our Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Economics programs at Macquarie provide an excellent education for those wanting to become business economists. Study within an economics course focuses on the properties of supply and demand networks, and involves topics such as altruism, banking and finance, consumer sentiments, debt, equity, game theory and rates of interest. Economics affects our lives every single day, and economists engage in many activities including:

  • conducting research
  • collecting and analysing data
  • providing consulting services and preparing reports
  • formulating and analysing policy for public and private organisations
  • researching public issues such as inflation, employment levels or energy costs
  • monitoring economic trends
  • developing forecasts

Economics Course at Macquarie

Macquarie University's flexible degree structure offers a number of options for students choosing to specialise in Economics in the following three year, single degrees. Economics and applied econometrics can be studied through a focused single degree, as a major in the Bachelor of Commerce or as part of a double degree.

Specific economics course information:

Students can undertake a broadly-based Economics course, or one specialising in Finance, Labour Studies, Econometrics, Professional Economics or the Social Implications of Economics. This opportunity allows combined studies in an Economics course with subjects taken from a wide range of disciplines including Politics, Business Law, or Mathematics, to name a few.

Search by ATARWhat do you study in an Economics course?

  • Applied economics
  • Development economics
  • Econometrics
  • Economic policy
  • Environmental economics
  • Financial economics
  • Health economics
  • Industrial organisation
  • International economics
  • Labour economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Public economics

Where can you go with an Economics course?

  • Major enterprises in the private sector: banks, investment companies, accounting and consultancy firms
  • Public sector institutions at both State and Federal level: Treasury, Reserve Bank and large government business enterprises
  • Universities and research bodies
  • International organisations: World Bank, IMF, OECD
  • NGOs: World Health Organisation (WHO), Greenpeace

Not all economics graduates become “professional economists”. Other career paths include:

  • Business journalist
  • Diplomatic service
  • Economist
  • Financial analysis, planning and brokerage
  • Financial journalism / media
  • Investment analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Market analyst
  • Planning/Policy analyst
  • Portfolio management
  • Public administration
  • Researcher
  • Statistician
  • Stockbroker
  • Urban and regional planning

How much can you earn with an Economics course?

According to economics graduates with 1 year experience earn between $57,000 and $67,800. Senior economists and econometricians can earn in excess of $150,000.

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