Future students

ANU has an established international reputation for economics education. Degrees offered by the Research School of Economics (RSE) provide students with a greater understanding of the way individuals behave in a complex world. They are trained to recognise and solve economic problems, to analyse and make policy recommendations, and to make effective management decisions. Graduates are expected to have the capacity to become leading professionals in their fields of employment after gaining adequate work experience. With that in mind, the core units of the economics major emphasise the analytical techniques required for economic understanding, exploration and effective decision making.

Degree programs offered at the RSE


Why study economics?

Economics provides us with a better understanding of a variety of topical issues. It is intellectually challenging and offers insight into the way individuals make decisions and interact with each other, the way businesses are structured and compete, and the role of government in economic activity. Students who study economics at ANU acquire problem solving skills that are valued by government and business employers, skills that can be used to examine a variety of economic policy issues. Examples include, problems of unemployment and inflation, policy and project evaluation, the impact of monopoly power and regulation, the impact of foreign trade, and public intervention to deal with social problems like environmental pollution.

The Research School of Economics at ANU has a proud history in both teaching and research in economics. A range of courses are offered at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels so that students get access to high quality research training that is internationally recognised.

What makes economics at ANU different?

The ANU College of Business and Economics offers students the option to specialise in a particular area of economics. In addition to the compulsory economics major, students have the option of specialising in one or more of the following areas.

Business economics
Economic development
Economic history
Econometrics
Economic theory
Money and finance

The Bachelor of Economics at ANU is widely regarded as one of the very best in Australia and its graduates are in demand from government and private sector employers. Economics at ANU is easily top ranked according to recent worldwide surveys of international research output.

Is there professional body accreditation?

No specific professional accreditation is needed to work in the field of economics.

What careers are there in economics?

Visit the career options section of the ANU Programs & Courses Bachelor of Economics page.

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