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Undergraduate Major


Economics Major (BCom)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


Analyse real-world issues such as unemployment, inequality, price stability and economic growth.

Georgia Strong

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

Highly ranked course

In the University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) 2018-2019, Curtin ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for the field of Economics

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Apply your learning to real case studies and practical scenarios.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Economists study the world around them, analyse shifts in global policy and monitor industry and global trends. They are an integral part of public and private sector decision-making.

With a focus on applied economics, this major will give you the knowledge and skills you need to analyse important real-world issues, such as unemployment, inequality, price stability and economic growth.

You will be able to use your economic knowledge to evaluate trends and patterns in consumer spending, levels of competition in different industries, business cycles and financial crises.

You’ll gain a solid foundation in macroeconomics and microeconomics, as well as quantitative and qualitative skills you need to apply theory to practice.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Commerce degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Commerce.

You can also study this major as part of a Science and Commerce double degree.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Recommended double majors:

Why study

  • Learn from staff who undertake practical research in areas such as energy economics, public economics and the economics of electronic commerce.
  • Use real case studies and examples to apply your learning and problem-solving skills.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia has partnered with Curtin to offer internships to students who have completed 200 credits or more of their commerce degree. These internships will give you credit towards your degree, increase your industry experience and put you in direct contact with leading professionals.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

You may be eligible for free student membership of the Association of Financial Advisers and the Financial Planning Association of Australia.

Upon graduation, you may also be eligible for associate membership of Economic Society of Australia (WA Branch), and the Women in Economics Network (WEN).

Career information


  • Bank manager
  • Consultant
  • Corporate finance analyst
  • Credit analyst
  • Econometrician
  • Economic analyst
  • Economist
  • Financial manager
  • Investment banker
  • Market research analyst
  • Policy advisor
  • Policy analyst
  • Portfolio manager


  • Banking
  • Brokerage
  • Consultancy
  • Government
  • Private business
  • Resources

What you'll learn

  • apply economic knowledge and concepts to the analysis and understanding of economic issues and the impact of economics decisions on the national and world economy
  • identify ways of formalizing, simplifying and structuring problems and identify appropriate skills for their elucidation/solution
  • collect both data and conceptual information and synthesis these into appropriate frameworks for the analysis of economic issues
  • communicate in a range of media such as oral, written and mathematical; to be able to synthesis this range of communication channels and select appropriate schemes of communication dependent upon the nature of the problem and the audience
  • discriminate between available technologies and identify appropriate methodologies for the application of technology to the investigation and solution of economic issues
  • identify developments in the field of economics and have strategies available for the integration of such developments into the body of knowledge they have acquired and to be able to reflect upon their implications for the discipline
  • understand the implications and potential impact of developments in the world's economies, trade relationships and organizations for both the domestic and global economy
  • understand the importance and impact of cultural diversity on the interactions of economic agents in both a national and global context
  • operate both individually and in a group to work towards the understanding and solution of a range of issues in a professional and ethical manner

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Admission criteria may be different if you are studying this major as part of a double degree. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

A double major with Property is not available to international students.

Regional campuses may offer the common first year units only.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Commerce degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-ECONS
  • Last updated on: June 2, 2020