Economics

Why study Honours in  Economics?

Undertaking Honours in Economics gives you the opportunity to pursue a year long program of study (two years part-time) which combines coursework and research in a specialised area of knowledge. The advanced analytical, research and communication skills you will gain as a result of completing honours are highly sought after by employers and will be advantageous when seeking work in a competitive job market.

Career opportunities

You will have career opportunities in the government and private sectors. Work in consulting, economic policy, analysis and forecasting, and industry and market regulation, among many others.

Course information

Local students

Structure

Students complete a course work component as well as a research component in the form of a thesis.

The program consists of 120 credit points ‒ the equivalent of eight subjects ‒  and can be completed in one year of full-time study, or over two years part-time. 

Coursework: Students will be required to complete five coursework subjects.

Thesis: Students will be required to complete a 15,000 word thesis. The thesis will be completed under the direct supervision of an academic staff member. 

In completing your thesis you will work closely with your supervisor, drawing on their knowledge and experience. Supervision will be somewhat directive at the outset, but will become less so as your thesis proceeds.

Approval of a research topic is subject to the availability of a supervisor in the designated discipline area. 

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are successful completion of a bachelor's degree with a major sequence of subjects in economics. Students must also have a B (70%) or better average in at least six second-and-third-year subjects in this major sequence. Students must complete all requirements of their undergraduate degree to be eligible for entry into Honours.

While there is no formal quota for the number of economics Honours places offered ,there is a practical limit to the number of students whom the economics academic staff can supervise effectively. 

Scholarships

The School of Economics and Finance awards an annual Honours scholarship of $15,000 to the top 3rd year economics student entering the Honours program.

This scholarship is available to either a local or international student ‒ no application is required.   

How to apply

Applicants are required to apply online. La Trobe University students do not need to provide a copy of their academic transcripts.

Students applying from other Australian Universities need to apply online and provide a certified copy of their academic transcripts.    

Any queries should be sent to Mary Serruto, Honours Administration Officer – School of Economics and Finance.

Contact details 

Academic questions:

László Kónya
Senior Lecturer, Honours Coordinator
School of Business
DWB 421, Melbourne (Bundoora)
T: +61 3 9479 2730
F: +61 3 9479 1654
E: l.konya@latrobe.edu.au

Administrative questions:

Mary Serruto
Honours Administration Officer
School of Business 
T: 9479 1523
E: m.serruto@latrobe.edu.au

More Information

For more information please download the Honours and Postgraduate Diploma Handbook, which is available on La Trobe's School of Economics Honours web page.

International students

Structure

Students complete a course work component as well as a research component in the form of a thesis.

The program consists of 120 credit points ‒ the equivalent of eight subjects ‒  and can be completed in one year of full-time study, or over two years part-time. 

Coursework: Students will be required to complete five coursework subjects.

Thesis: Students will be required to complete a 15,000 word thesis. The thesis will be completed under the direct supervision of an academic staff member. 

In completing your thesis you will work closely with your supervisor, drawing on their knowledge and experience. Supervision will be somewhat directive at the outset, but will become less so as your thesis proceeds.

Approval of a research topic is subject to the availability of a supervisor in the designated discipline area. 

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are successful completion of a bachelor's degree with a major sequence of subjects in economics. Students must also have a B (70%) or better average in at least six second-and-third-year subjects in this major sequence. Students must complete all requirements of their undergraduate degree to be eligible for entry into Honours.

While there is no formal quota for the number of economics Honours places offered ,there is a practical limit to the number of students whom the economics academic staff can supervise effectively. 

Scholarships

The School of Economics and Finance awards an annual Honours scholarship of $15,000 to the top 3rd year economics student entering the Honours program.

This scholarship is available to either a local or international student ‒ no application is required.   

How to apply

International Students can apply directly through La Trobe International

Any queries should be sent to Mary Serruto, Honours Administration Officer – School of Economics and Finance.

Contact details 

Academic questions:

László Kónya
Senior Lecturer, Honours Coordinator
School of Business
DWB 421, Melbourne (Bundoora)
T: +61 3 9479 2730
F: +61 3 9479 1654
E: l.konya@latrobe.edu.au

Administrative questions:

Mary Serruto
Honours Administration Officer
School of Business
T: 9479 1523
E: m.serruto@latrobe.edu.au

More Information

For more information please download the Honours and Postgraduate Diploma Handbook, which is available on La Trobe's School of Economics Honours web page.

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