Welcome from the Head of School

Economics is an exciting field of study, forever changing and adapting to the modern world while retaining scientific objectivity. With over 40 academics, the School is a leader in research and teaching in most areas of economics.

Economics at UNSW Business School received the top rating of 5, i.e. "well above world standard", under the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rating and is the only economics discipline in Australia to receive a 5 in all three main categories: Economic Theory, Applied Economics, and Econometrics.

Research in the School is of a high calibre by both national and international standards, and members of the School play an important part in policy issues and debate within Australia. We run two postgraduate research programs, leading into a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

The School also attracts considerable research funding from the Australian Research Council and other bodies. There is an active seminar series with external speakers and a number of very busy internal seminar series at the School, and we frequently run important national conferences in economics, econometrics and economic history. We maintain strong connections with top-tier institutions world-wide and welcome a large number of internationally-renowned visitors every year. Many members within the School play a prominent role in relevant economic societies and also act in senior advisory roles to government and business.

The high quality of our teachers and the excellence of our students are recognized sources of strength and pride. With our dedication to teaching, we aim to shape the next generation of leaders. The School has been consistently ranked first amongst the major Australian Universities in the quality of its teaching in Economics. We undertake the majority of teaching in the Bachelor of Economics (BEc). Students can also major in Economics within the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc), or can undertake combined BEc degree with a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies, Arts, Law, or Science. In addition, we offer Honours degrees in Economics and Commerce, a Master of Economics (MEc) postgraduate coursework degree, and specialisations in the Master of Commerce (MCom) postgraduate coursework degree.

The School of Economics offers a vibrant and dynamic academic community engaged in leading edge research and outstanding teaching as well as constructive community and professional engagement.

Professor Valentyn Panchenko
Head of the School of Economics

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