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Honours in Economics

Improve your career prospects with an Honours degree in Economics

An Honours degree (BA(Hons)/BCom(Hons)/BSc(Hons)) extends, and builds on, the knowledge and skills gained in a Bachelor’s degree. It offers a programme consisting of coursework and a research component. The Honours degree can only be taken full-time in one academic year.

Read about the changes to the Honours degree  in Economics that take effect in 2016.

Programme Structure – Honours in Economics

Economics may be taken as a subject of study for a Bachelor of Arts, Commerce or Science with Honours.

All Honours degrees in Economics are made up of:

  • ECON480: Dissertation (40 points)
  • Four of ECON402 - 413 (80 points), including at least one of ECON410 (Advanced Microeconomic Theory) and ECON411 (Advanced Macroeconomic Theory) plus at least one of ECON412 (Macroeconometrics) and ECON413 (Microeconometrics)

The dissertation component (ECON480) is a complete independent research project of 8,000 to 12,000 words done under supervision. Hence, the Honours degree provides the preparation required for entry into our Master’s (by thesis alone) and PhD programmes.

Papers from other disciplines

It is possible for a 400-level paper in another subject to count towards Honours in Economics.

Please contact the Department to find out whether a specific paper would be a suitable substitute for an ECON400-level paper.

Combined (or Joint) Honours study

If you have a strong background in a second subject (e.g. you have completed a double major in your undergraduate degree), you may wish to consider doing Combined (or Joint) Honours across the two subjects.

In general terms this would require:

a. Taking 400-level papers worth 60 points in each subject, and
b. one of these papers including a dissertation component.

Depending on the specific subjects being combined, there may be other requirements as well.

Please contact the Department for more information.

Entry requirements

Entry into the Honours degree normally requires:

a. An ordinary Bachelor's degree in Economics (or related subject)
b. An average grade of at least B+ for the best four 300-level papers that can count towards the Economics major subject requirement
c.  ECON375, ECON377, plus two further ECON300-level papers, plus one further 300-level paper*
(*Applicants who have passed ECON270 are normally required to have ECON371, ECON375, ECON376, plus one other ECON300-level paper, plus one further 300-level paper.)

Read the Department of Economics Honours 2014 Course Guide (PDF, 65.8KB).

Please contact the Department if you have questions about the Honours degree in Economics.

For general information about each of three types of Honours degrees, visit: