Graduate Diploma in Economics

Why study the Graduate Diploma in Economics at UNE?

This course can provide a formal qualification in the field of economics for graduates with little background in the discipline, or it can act as a refresher course in economics for those whose initial studies occurred some time ago. It is also a broadening course for those who wish to extend their knowledge of economics into areas not previously studied such as Economic Development, Economic Policy, Agricultural and Resource Economics or Advanced Economic Theory. Finally, it can be a qualifying step towards higher studies, particularly the Master of Economics program.

Career Opportunities

Examples include positions in federal and state public services as policy officers, analysts, economic modelers, advisers, trade and industry officers; private sector positions in financial management, forecasting, banking, insurance, agribusiness and agriculture; international positions with agencies such as the World Bank, the United Nations and agribusiness firms.

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Degree Snapshot


1 Year Full-time
Up to 4 years Part-time


CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee


Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation GradDipEc
Course Type Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 006319F
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • Up to 4 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
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Total Credit Points 48
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a non-relevant discipline; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline*.

*Relevant disciplines, include but not limited to:



Economic Statistics

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Students may complete work integrated learning and professional skills development (WORK500) with approved institutions and/or an overseas study tour (OSSE500) during their course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) may be granted a maximum of 18 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. This advanced standing shall be for units that are deemed to be equivalent to ECON101, ECON102 and QM461.


The University offers a number of scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Colours

Peacock Blue (BCC 120)

Further Information

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Course rules and plans for the Graduate Diploma in Economics, 2019, will be available between November and January. Course information relating to other years is available by selecting the year required from the list at the top right hand side of the page.
Course Aims

The Graduate Diploma in Economics is designed for graduates who wish to gain specialised knowledge and skills in the area of economics. It also offers a pathway for graduates who wish to proceed to Masters or PhD degrees in economics and related fields.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. identify, coherently explain and synthesise disciplinary concepts to economic issues at an advanced level;
  2. apply critical economic reasoning and advanced analytical skills to complex problems, in order to make informed judgements and decisions;
  3. reflect on the nature and implications of assumptions and value judgements in economic analysis and policy;
  4. use quantitative methods to analyse economic issues and understand their role in economic decision-making and policy decisions; and
  5. demonstrate proficiency in information transfer in written and oral formats at a professional level.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students develop advanced knowledge in the areas of economics and related fields through lectures, tutorials, readings, online activities, practical experience and interaction with unit coordinators. Knowledge will be assessed through a variety of assessment tasks such as assignments, examinations and report writing. This course emphasises the use and application of economic skills in regional, national and international contexts. A global perspective is important in understanding issues confronting economists in a continuously changing environment.

Communication Skills

Communication skills are essential in this course and students will develop both written and oral competency. These communication skills will be taught, practised and assessed in numerous activities including written assignments, report writing based on professional workplace experience, oral presentations, in-class and online discussions.

Problem Solving

Students will combine discipline knowledge with information literacy skills to develop their adeptness in being able to apply critical thinking to identify problems and to formulate solutions, particularly through the application of advanced discipline knowledge to real-world issues.

Information Literacy

Students will use various forms of media to obtain information and data for written assignments and other assessment tasks. Students will be able to use, critically analyse, interpret, construct and communicate economic and quantitative data, with an emphasis on economic decision making and policy applications.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Students are taught numerous dimensions of social responsibility in relation to economic decision making. Students will be able to acknowledge and respect the viewpoints and ideas of others, behave ethically, and appreciate the importance of the environment and sustainability.

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning skills are taught and practised in assessment tasks. The discipline knowledge, information literacy and problem solving skills obtained in this course equip students with the ability to understand, interpret and critically evaluate regional, national and international economic issues. Students have the opportunity to undertake independent research and gain experience in oral seminar presentations.

Independence and Collaboration

Students will have worked independently and collaboratively with a multidisciplinary group to achieve common goals, solve problems, contribute specialist knowledge and contribute to group performance.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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