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Department of Economics

About Economics Dept

Professor Lance FisherThe Department of Economics at Macquarie University is one of the largest economics schools in Australia. Its staff are highly qualified and have a wealth of international experience gained at some of the world's most prestigious universities, businesses and government organisations including

Reputation for Research

The Department of Economics at Macquarie University has a long tradition of research excellence in macroeconomics, finance, applied econometrics and cultural economics. It also has considerable research strengths in labour economics, development economics and in the economies of  South East Asia, particularly Burma. Our undergraduate degree structure is extremely flexible, and aims to reflect the interests and aspirations of the student. 

We offer good opportunities for postgraduate and research study through the Masters degree programs, among them, the Masters of Research which leads into the PhD program, with generous financial support available. Our graduates are in strong demand with government and private sector organisations, both within Australia and internationally.

A respected degree in economics

The Macquarie Economics degree is highly respected. Graduates rated their overall satisfaction with the Economics course at Macquarie as better (placing it in the top 25%) compared to ratings by graduates in the same field in other institutions (based on a recent Course Experience Questionnaire survey of graduates, undertaken by the Graduate Careers Council of Australia).

The Economics Department at Macquarie offers a wide range of courses in economics, and the degree structure is extremely flexible, allowing students to include in their economics degree courses from other departments in the University. As examples, economics students can develop interests in finance, accounting, marketing, business law, computing, politics, philosophy, history, mathematics, psychology, education and so on. Students may simply take a couple of courses in these other areas, or they may develop them into a second major and (in some cases) into a double degree.

On the other hand, many students elect to pursue a more 'traditional' degree in economics with relatively few courses taken in other departments. The advantage of the Macquarie system is that it allows students to construct a program which not only satisfies the academic requirements of the degree, but also reflects the interests and aspirations of the student.

All core courses in economics are offered during both day and evening. Library and computing facilities are available in the evenings and on weekends, thus providing maximum flexibility for students who wish to gain experience by working full-time during their studies, and for full-time students who need to work part-time. Session 3 is run in some units which can allow some students to accelerate their progress.