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Graduate Diploma in Economics

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1-1.5 years full-time; up to 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Graduate Diploma in Economics from the University of New England (UNE) is designed to give graduates a formal qualification in economics who:

  • have little or no background in economics;
  • have completed initial studies in this discipline in the past but who need a refresher;
  • want to broaden their knowledge of economics into new areas of study;
  • require a qualifying step towards higher studies, such as a master's degree.

Key learning areas include microeconomics, macroeconomics, business statistics, the international economy and the Australian economy.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in a non-relevant discipline; OR
  • Hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, such as business, economics or economic statistics.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this economics course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units

  • Introductory microeconomics
  • Introductory macroeconomics
  • Business statistics
  • Environment and food: economic perspectives
  • Australian economic institutions and performance
  • The international economy

Listed units

  • Dissertation
  • Intermediate microeconomics
  • Intermediate macroeconomics
  • Banking and finance
  • Environment and food: economic perspectives
  • Farm and resource management
  • Australian economic institutions and performance
  • The international economy
  • Introductory econometrics
  • International trade and payments
  • International political economy
  • Benefit-cost analysis
  • Microeconomic policy evaluation
  • Environmental and natural resource economics
  • Introduction to bioeconomics
  • Rural finance and risk management
  • Commodity markets
  • The elephant and the dragon: India and China in the Asian century
  • Employment relations
  • Econometric analysis of financial markets
  • Applied econometrics
  • Efficiency and productivity analysis
  • Economics of development
  • Advanced microeconomics
  • Advanced macroeconomics
  • Introduction to business analytics
  • Introduction to business forecasting
  • Business decision making
  • Survey methods for business and economics
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Graduate Diploma in Economics from the University of New England.


Curious about where a career in accounting could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Office Administrator
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Financial Broker
  • Management Consultant
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Economist
  • Taxation Compliance Officer

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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