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Economics

Undergraduate Major

MJRU-ECONS

Major
Economics Major (BCom)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Credit
200

Outline

Learn about key economic frameworks, applications, policy issues, and how to access and interpret data.

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

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

Careers

  • 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

Industries

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

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of economic models, data and methods to complex economic and social issues and identify innovative solutions that are relevant to affected communities
  • communicate professionally, and in ways that are responsible and appropriate given the economic local, national and/or international context
  • use relevant technologies and methodologies to investigate economic and social issues in ways that demonstrate critical thinking and responsible judgement
  • demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity and how this both affects economic and social behaviour and informs respectful and responsible professional practice
  • demonstrate industry readiness through the development of sound practical economic analyses, and critical reflection of individual capabilities and current, emerging and future local and global challenges

Admission criteria

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)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.0

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

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the achievement of the required ATAR within the last two years. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and either verbal or quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

  • Recipients of the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship will receive an early offer to study this course.

  • Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

  • If you’re an indigenous applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and either verbal or quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:

    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and either verbal or quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

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.

Higher education course switcher criteria

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

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, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

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:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Commerce degree for indicative fees.

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-ECONS
  • Last updated on: March 18, 2021