Bachelor of Economics

Bachleor of Economics

Bachelor of Economics provides a foundation in economic analysis and applications.  The curriculum is broad allowing the study of political, historical, and social issues so that students may use the economic toolkit to address the current challenges humanity faces.  

Students graduating from the degree will be well-equipped to pursue graduate work in the world's leading professional and academic programs or enter directly into the business and financial world or pursue careers in international and national public service.

ANU Program code: 3200

UAC Code: 134003

CRICOS #: 002290B

Duration: three years full-time

Full program details on Programs and Courses

Program structure

The program consists of 24 courses of which:

  • a maximum of 10 courses can be taken at level 1000 (first year classes)
  • a minimum of 14 courses must come from level 2000 and 3000 (second and third year classes)

Information regarding program requirements, elective study and study options is available on Programs and Courses.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements quoted here are a guide only and can vary from year to year. Please note, for entry to a double degree program you must meet the higher entry-score requirement of the two degrees.

Admission to all undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) requirement or equivalent. All applicants to the University, both domestic and international, must also meet English language requirements.

Domestic applicants

  • ATAR: 86
  • QLD Band: 8
  • International Baccalaureate: 31

If you have missed out on a place at ANU because your entrance rank was not high enough you can explore other pathways such as bridging courses and entry schemes, or apply for special consideration.

International applicants

Applicants with international qualifications should refer to the latest International undergraduate admissions table for a guide to program entry scores.

Assumed knowledge

Unlike a prerequisite, assumed knowledge is not a strict requirement for entry into the Bachelor of Economics. However, the courses within this program are taught on the assumption that students have an appropriate level of mathematical knowledge, equivalent to:

  • An ACT Maths Methods Tertiary major, or
  • NSW HSC Maths (2 unit) including the study of calculus and algebra

Australian and New Zealand students who do not have this recommended knowledge should enrol in ANU Maths Refresher Course or Maths Bridging Course at ANU College. For more information see the study options.

Career options

The Bachelor of Economics provides a platform for a wide variety of careers across the public and private sectors.

Economists play a crucial role in public policy, and are much in demand in many government departments and corporate organisations. There are also many opportunities for economists in international agencies, in areas such as global economic analysis, development, resource management and the environment.

Many firms employ economists to help understand the wider business environment and guide their business development strategies. Consultancy and accounting firms also employ economists to help guide their clients.

Financial institutions including banks, and in particular the Reserve Bank of Australia, actively recruit economists to advise them on the state of the economy and on risks from factors such as interest rate changes and exchange rate movements. 

There is also a thriving national and international market for academic economists in high schools, colleges and universities.

Updated:   16 November 2015 / Responsible Officer:  Dean, Business & Economics / Page Contact:  College Web Team