Graduate Certificate in Economics

About Economics at UNSW

The UNSW Graduate Certificate in Economics is a qualification from UNSW Business School, an institution that consistently ranks within the top 50 worldwide. Within one year this qualification will broaden your career opportunities with quantitative skills, econometrics and microeconomics knowledge.

You’ll develop a strong understanding of economic theory and decision-making in economic policy. You’ll learn to define and resolve economic or public policy problems with effective evidence-based solutions, through rigorous analysis and critical thinking.

You can study around your work/life commitments in a combination of online learning and face-to-face classes. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to progress your career in economic analysis and/or continue to a higher level of study - successful completion of the Graduate Certificate makes you eligible for the Master of Applied Economics.

Your Specialisation

You’ll develop your specialisation with three compulsory courses, in microeconomics, quantitative analysis and econometrics. You’ll be able to adapt your studies according to your career goals or interests within these compulsory courses and with one elective course.

The elective courses cover topics that span finance and politics. Just some of the options include superannuation and retirement, international trade theory and policy, behavioural economics, and economic growth, technology and structural change.

UNSW Business school ranks within the top 50 worldwide for Economics and Econometrics. We’re also rated “well above world standard” for Economics by the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) government assessment.

You’ll develop strong skills in critical thinking applied to markets or industries. You’ll build analytical skills with quantitative techniques in maths or statistics, and measurement skills in econometrics, related to applied economic theory, finance or microeconometrics.

You’ll apply these skills to your chosen elective, building deeper understanding and more experience applying economic analysis to the topic that suits your interest or career goals. Upon graduation you’ll be eligible for a pathway to the UNSW Master of Applied Economics.

This graduate certificate provides highly transferable skills in analysis and statistics. With further study you’ll be able to move across the private sector, financial institutions and government departments.

During this postgraduate degree you will have access to a suite of professional development opportunities offered by Career Accelerator, that are exclusive to UNSW’s Business School students. Career Accelerator helps you build industry connections through networking, mentoring, internships and global business practicum opportunities.

Relevant Roles

The UNSW Graduate Certificate in Economics leads toward further studies, that move you toward interesting careers such as:

  • Business Analyst
  • Economic Forecaster
  • Management Consultant
  • Policy Adviser
  • Statistical Analyst
  • Superannuation Adviser

What Our Academics Say

“We provide students with the tools they need to do policy analysis, consultancy and data analysis... even though we don’t have all the answers, we give our students theoretical and empirical tools to problem-solve for themselves.”

Juan Carlos Carbajal Associate Professor, School of Economics