Bachelor of Economics (BEc)

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Academic Year

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Bachelor of Economics program is designed to provide students with an understanding of economics. It studies the interaction of the decision making of households, businesses and the whole of society. This will include study of microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and the economy as a whole. It also examines how individuals respond to incentives (the things that influence decision-making) and how our conflicting choices are reconciled. Teaching in the program emphasises the development of the skills and tools of ‘economic thinking’, as well as working in teams and developing both written and oral communication skills.

Students may choose to undertake a major in Financial Economics, Public Policy or International Economic Development.  A minor in Financial Services is also available.

The Bachelor of Economics is a Level 7 AQF qualification with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate relevant economic knowledge of concepts, methodologies and skills, and use these appropriately to analyse and solve current real world problems and issues.
  2. Select and use appropriate tools, including technology, to obtain, evaluate, and analyse data, and assess models.
  3. Collaborate effectively with team members to achieve identified goals.
  4. Construct reasoning to argue using the language of economics, both in writing and orally, and communicate to both economists and non-economists.
  5. Evaluate ethical, cultural and social dimensions of economics and the role of economists, including in a global context.


Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Economics

There shall be a Bachelor of Economics.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Economics, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 33 units: 12 units at Level I, 12 units at Level II, and 9 units at Level III.
  2. Capstone courses to the value of 3 units at Level III.
  3. Elective courses to the value of 36 units:  Level I courses up to the value of 12 units, Level II courses up to the value of 12 units, Level III courses at least to the value of 12 units, and including Broadening elective courses to the value of 9 units.
  4. In addition to the core studies for the Bachelor of Economics, a second major may be taken from the following: Financial Economics, Public Policy or International Economic Development.  A minor in Financial Services is also available.

Core Courses