How do markets and human behaviour shape our world? From housing to global trade, addressing poverty and the environment, economists create models to inform policy and decision-making in business, government and international bodies.

Explore your study options

Studying economics can lead to a specialist career in economic research and policy, as well as many career opportunities in industry and finance. The quantitative and analytical skills you develop will be highly valued by employers, setting you on the right path for a rewarding career.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Choose an economics degree that will help you drive change

Explore the forces driving global change and gain unique insights from industry leaders.

Access a network of experts

From economic development and disaster resilience to sustainable economies and global trade – Deakin academics are engaged in research that advances our society and enriches your learning.

Learn from industry leaders

Gain insights from economists at our key institutions, including the Reserve Bank to Commonwealth Treasury and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Put your learning into a real-world context.

Top professional roles in economics

Economics-focused roles are projected to increase by 17,100 new jobs by 2033 according to Australian Government employment projections. Get ahead with Deakin – we’ll help you build your network within the community and industry.

  • 1080 economists
  • 6650 intelligence and policy analysts
  • 2788 land economists and valuers
  • 6568 policy and planning managers.

Graduate with an employment advantage

Top 1% in the world for Economics and Econometrics*, Deakin Business School holds both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations. This means we're globally recognised and internationally benchmarked. As a top 3 business school in Victoria, a Deakin qualification in business will distinguish you from your peers.

My commerce studies at Deakin have trained me to analyse and reflect on world events in a way I never could have imagined before. My economics major has exposed me to broad subject areas which enable me to understand the rationale behind the macroeconomic and microeconomic decisions I observe.

Matthew Steinbergs

Bachelor of Commerce

World-class teaching experiences

Deakin’s industry-shaped courses and practical, real-world approach to learning will prepare you to be adaptable across the jobs of the future.

Be immersed in practical experience

Professional development opportunities start from day one. You’ll get the opportunity to apply your knowledge in real-world settings through work-integrated learning placements, business development clinics and more.

Make a difference with economics

Economic modelling drives our world. Whether you’re motivated to address social justice issues or help drive the international success of businesses, economics provides insight that creates positive change.

Create a sustainable future

Our courses combine sustainable economics with practices from global frameworks like the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Principles of Responsible Management Education. You’ll graduate with a powerful toolkit to shape sustainable business and policy.

Develop a global perspective

Connect with the world through international study tours, short-term partner programs and international internships. Join a corporate finance study tour to Hanoi or take a short-term program at a business school in Europe, the UK, or North or South America.

Want to explore more?

If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in economics, learn more about why a degree from Deakin is the right choice for you.

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*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024

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Contact us

Got a question about our economics courses? Our course advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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