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Undergraduate major

Become an expert in analysing and influencing how wealth is created, consumed and distributed.

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Economics Major
  • Credit


Course outline

Select your preferred degree

This course belongs to multiple degrees. Select the single degree or double degree below to see the application deadlines.

Course outline

What can I do with a degree in Economics

Enjoy a strong salary

The typical full-time salary for an economist in Australia is $105,000, according to SEEK (2024).

Influence policy and progress

Economics is one of the core disciplines within business and public policy – progress doesn’t happen without the economic groundwork.

Look to the future

Economists are a key part of the ‘big data’ realm that is helping industry and governments improve their decision making and efficiency.




Economists study more than just money – they analyse the world around them, from global markets to government policy to world events, to help make informed decisions in diverse industries. These decisions can impact how individuals and society access, consume and distribute wealth.

With a focus on applied economics, this major gives you the knowledge and skills to understand important real-world issues such as unemployment, housing affordability, climate change, energy challenges and inequality.

You will learn how to use big data, statistics, mathematics and business insights to evaluate trends and patterns in consumer spending, levels of competition in different industries, business cycles and financial crises.

Economics gives you the tools on how to think about things and the decisions we make and to create solutions. You’ll gain a solid foundation in macroeconomics (factors that impact an economy as a whole) and microeconomics (the function of individual markets). You’ll also develop strong communication and interpersonal skills to successfully share complex data with a general audience.

You’ll graduate from this course as a critical thinker with a keen understanding of the world and the ability to enhance economic activities in the public and private sectors.

Parent degrees

You can study this major under the following degrees:

Your choice of parent degree can influence the type of career you might have.

Our Commerce degree also offers additional opportunities to customise your course by offering specialisations as well as majors.

Double degrees

You can study our Economics major as part of the following double degrees:

What jobs can the Economics course lead to?

  • Analyst/risk manager
  • Economic analyst
  • Economist
  • Econometrician (Advanced Commerce parent degree recommended)
  • Policy analyst
  • Policy/research advisor

What jobs can an Economics double major lead to?

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of economic models, data and methods to complex economic and social issues such as in climate and energy markets and identify innovative solutions and/or discuss policy alternatives that are relevant to affected communities, GC1, GC2, GC6
  • communicate professionally by presenting findings and explaining complex data using graphs/charts/tables in ways that a broad audience can easily understand, and in ways that are responsible and appropriate given the economic local, national and/or international context, GC3, GC4, GC5, GC6
  • use relevant technologies such as playing experimental economics games and/or methodologies to investigate economic and social issues in ways that demonstrate critical thinking, responsible judgement and a greater understanding of human behaviours and motivation, GC2, GC4, GC6
  • demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity by being exposed to a range of economic perspectives and how this both affects economic and social behaviour and informs respectful and responsible professional practice, GC4, GC5
  • demonstrate industry readiness with a strong analytical and problem-solving skillset through the development of sound practical economic analyses, and critical reflection of individual capabilities and current, emerging and future local and global challenges, GC6

Why study Economics

An elite global business school

Study at an elite global business school accredited by EQUIS, the leading quality review system for business and management schools, and AACSB, an organisation dedicated to creating the next generation of great leaders.

Real-world learning

Gain insight into the work you'll do as an economist by learning through real case studies and practical scenarios.

Top ranking

Curtin Business School tops the rankings for business schools in Western Australia in the Eduniversal 'Palmes of Excellence' league (2023).

Professional recognition

Students in Australia may be eligible for student membership of the Association of Financial Advisers. Graduates may be eligible for associate membership of the Economic Society of Australia (WA Branch) and the Women in Economics Network.

I travelled overseas for the London School of Economics summer exchange program, which I applied for through Curtin. The program was short and intense, but very rewarding. It was exciting to explore London between classes.

Georgia Strong
Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Please view the Bachelor of Commerce degree for indicative fees.

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-ECONS
  • Last updated on: 18 July 2024

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