• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Econometrics, Economic History, Economics, Economic Policy
  • Specialisation code ECON-HSPC

The Economics Honours specialisation is offered by the Research School of Economics to students who have excelled in their undergraduate studies. The Honours year is a challenging but rewarding year of study in economics. The Research School seeks outstanding students who are keen to undertake independent economics research with guidance from academic staff. Past students graduating with Honours in Economics have been highly successful with careers in government, industry and academia in leading institutions and organisations around the world.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge and critical understanding of research design and methods
  2. Apply that knowledge to the development of a research proposal and research plan
  3. Develop the capacity to perform high-level independent research
  4. Exhibit in-depth knowledge of their chosen research topic
  5. Demonstrate a high level of ability to critically analyse and evaluate economics research questions and communicate the results.

Other Information

Students can apply to enrol in 6000 or 8000 coded Economics, Econometrics, and Economic History courses with the approval of the Honours Convener.

Application deadline:

The Bachelor of Economics (Honours) will be commencing in Semester 1 (February) only each year.

Deadline for application (including all application materials and documents) is 1st December (11:55pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time).


Notification of outcome: Applicants will be notified of the outcome for admission by 16th December.


Acceptance deadline:

If applicants are successful in receiving an offer, the acceptance deadline is 31st January.

Application materials

Applicants must provide complete documentation, including a certified or coloured copy of testamur and final transcript (except for ANU students). Applicants must also attach a maximum THREE-page document detailing their research proposal to their application. The proposal should contain the following elements:

Research question

Motivation for the question

Some preliminary discussion of relevant literature

Bibliographic reference

Potential RSE Supervisor's name (you are advised to talk to potential supervisors and obtain their agreement to supervise prior to applying)

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Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to ANU is on a competitive basis as the number of places available in a program is limited. Admission to Honours is also subject to supervisory capacity and approval from the relevant Delegated Authority within the Academic College.

All the following conditions are necessary for an applicant to be eligible for admission considerations:

Condition 1 (Basic Qualification). An applicant must possess an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree or equivalent. The qualification must either be from a cognate discipline or from one of the following majors (or equivalent):

Mathematical Economics major; or,

Economics Major (must include ECON3101 and ECON3102).

This qualification must have been completed within the last two years of the time of application.

Condition 2 (Application Materials and Specific Coursework). In addition to Condition 1, applicants must:

have submitted all the application materials (including a research proposal and evidence of potential thesis supervisory arrangement detailed further under "Application Materials");

have attained an average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from 18 units of courses with the highest final marks. This calculation excludes all 1000-level courses (i.e., introductory undergraduate courses);

have satisfactorily completed ECON2125 (Optimisation for Economics and Financial Economics) or equivalent; and,

have attained an average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the following 18 units (i.e. 0.375 EFTSL) equivalent to the ANU Courses:

  1. ECON3100 Economics 3 (H);
  2. ECON3101 Microeconomics 3; and
  3. ECON3102 Macroeconomics 3.

Condition 3 (Interview). In addition to Conditions 1 and 2, an applicant must be available for further interview with the Research School of Economics. The Research School of Economics reserves the right to waive the interview in cases where applicants are deemed to be clearly suitable for admission.

Cognate Disciplines

Finance, Economics, Commerce, Actuarial Studies, Statistics, Mathematics and Science


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Cognate Disciplines

Finance, Economics, Commerce, Actuarial Studies, Statistics, Mathematics and Science


This Honours specialisation requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ECON4411 Microeconomic Theory

ECON4422 Macroeconomic Theory

ECON4488 Economics Honours Research Essay


24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ECON4401 Topics in Macroeconomics

ECON4421 Topics in Microeconomic Theory

ECON4500 Economic Growth

ECON4480 Advanced Behavioral Economics

ECON4492 Organisational Economics

EMET4305 Economic Models & Introduction to Econometrics

EMET4308 Econometric Theory

EMET4314 Econometric Methods

The study plan must be discussed with and approved by the Honours Convener.

Honours calculation

 The final Honours Exit Level is the sum of all achieved course weightings. The course weighting is calculated for each individual course using the below formula:

                              (unit value of course/total units for degree) x final numerical grade of the course 


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