The Honours program with the School of Economics is open to students who have demonstrated strong performance in the three-year pass program in Economics, or equivalent program with an overall Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 70 and a discipline/major WAM of at least 70. To be eligible for entry students must have completed the equivalent of Microeconomics 2, Macroeconomics 2 and an econometric course requirement that depends on the specialisation. Entry to the program is competitive and offers will be made based on academic merit and availability of supervisors. Pass graduates from other universities may also participate in the Honours program. 

The Honours degree is obtained through an additional year of study. Full-time students complete their Honours degree in one year and the program typically starts in Term 1. Part-time students complete the Honours degree in one and a half years. Honours students require a high level of motivation and superior academic ability.

We offer the following Honours degrees and specialisations:

During the Honours year, students complete four courses and a thesis seminar course at the Honours level. These courses allow the students to study areas of economics in more depth.

In addition, each candidate must write and submit an Honours thesis. The thesis is a report on an original research project, undertaken in consultation with a supervisor. Through the successful completion of a thesis, the student acquires an in-depth knowledge of a particular focus in economics, as well as experience with general research methods. The thesis signals the ability to think through problems and to communicate results. It may be the most valuable component of an application to professional positions and post-graduate programs.

Our graduates are sought after by a range of employers in public and private sectors. Selected students also follow prestigious post-doctoral programs. Employers of our recent graduates include Reserve Bank of Australia, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, KPMG, Moody’s Analytics, ANZ.

Application procedure

Students are encouraged to submit applications for Term 1 in mid-December as rolling conditional offers will begin to be made at this time. Mid-year entry is typically not recommended but may be allowed in exceptional cases.

Before applying students should prepare:

  • cover letter highlighting academic background and other strengths,
  • a one-page thesis proposal,
  • recent CV including at least one academic referee,
  • current academic transcript in electronic format,
  • any other relevant supporting documents (e.g. awards, research papers).

The thesis proposal should be concise, specific and include details on thesis contributions, methods, data and relevant literature. It is possible to adjust the proposal after being admitted to the program. Students may nominate a potential supervisor by exploring Economics faculty research interests, however, this is not required for the application and final supervisor allocations will be arranged by the Honours coordinator.

Applicants should complete the online expression of interest form and apply via www.applyonline.unsw.edu.au.

Fees and scholarships

Fees for courses are charged by the Unit of Credit (UOC) according to the classification of the course (undergraduate, postgraduate, or research) and the student (domestic or international). The Honours program is an undergraduate program at the UNSW Business School and requires completion of 48 Units of Credit. Eligible students are able to pay Honours program fees through HELP. See the UNSW Fees page to calculate the tuition fees.

After being admitted to the program, students may apply for a number of Honours scholarships.

Finding a thesis research topic

  • Browse through the main economic journals, including American Economic Review, Economic Journal Economic Record, Australian Economic Review, and Australian Economic papers
  • Use research search engines, such as Google Scholar, to find key academic literature relevant to your research interest
  • Review past honours theses topics
  • Talk to academics you know, as well as current and past honours students
  • Review the Economics faculty, their areas of research and recent publications

For more information, please contact the Honours coordinator, Tess Stafford.