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The Honours year provides students with an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of business economics and to develop the necessary skills to tackle the business economics issues and challenges that they will encounter throughout their careers. Students learn and put into practice the skills needed to conduct an independent and original research project and to communicate and defend the results of their research. Graduates with an Honours degree from the School of Economics at UNSW have moved on to successful careers in both the public and private sectors and academia.

The Commerce Honours program is designed for students with the equivalent of a BCom degree with a major in Business Economics, Financial Economics or Business Strategy and Economic Management. There are prerequisite courses for the Business Economics specialisation that may be in addition to your specific major requirements and that must be completed prior to your Honours year.

To satisfy the Honours requirements, students complete an additional year of study, including Honours level courses (both compulsory and elective) and a research thesis in business economics. Full-time and part-time (during 3 semesters) study is available in this program. Mid-year entry to the BEc(Hons) is possible, but is typically recommended only for part-time study.
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Students must complete 48 UOC.

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Entry Requirements

A student must have completed a Bachelors degree with a major in Economics, Econometrics, Business Economics, Financial Economics, or Business Strategy and Economic Management. A student must have an overall Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 70 with a discipline/major WAM of at least 70. Students with equivalent degrees, majors and average marks from other universities are eligible to apply.

Completion of the following courses or equivalent:

plus one of the following

It is also recommended that a student complete ECON3202 Mathematical Economics, or an equivalent, before commencing the Business Economics specialisation in the BCom(Hons).

The number of students accepted to the Business Economics specialisation in the BCom(Hons) is dependent on the availability of supervisors in that discipline. If there are more applicants than the discipline can accommodate, admission will be determined according to students' academic merit.

How to Apply

For detailed instructions and the application form please, refer to the School of Economics Honours website.

Further Information

Please note that these requirements may be subject to change. 
Students are advised to follow requirements according to the year they commenced. Please refer to previous editions of the Online Handbook for your program requirements.

Contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre for advice.
tel: + 61 2 9385 3189
location: Level 1, room 1028, Quadrangle Building
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