Where will this take me?


Career outcomes

A degree majoring in economics teaches you invaluable skills that are highly sought after in many corporate environments. After completing this major you might pursue career paths in consulting, management, human resources, project management, merchant and trading banks, investment, stockbroking, insurance, transport, marketing and communications, mining, retail and manufacturing,  industry associations, trade unions and government.

IN 15–20 YEARS
  • Analyst
  • Economist
  • Director
  • Associate
  • Senior analyst
  • Partner
  • Researcher
  • Manager
  • Chief economist

Graduate pathways from this major


Completing the Accounting major means you are very well placed for further study in honours and graduate research in a range of business and economics areas. Research training preparation within the honours year, a postgraduate diploma or a masters degree will be required as preparation for graduate research.


Honours offers you an opportunity to undertake an additional (fourth) year of specialised study in one of the following disciplines; Accounting, Actuarial Studies, Economics or Finance. You’ll complete a number of advanced level subjects and also undertake a minor thesis or major research report. Learn more

Doctoral Programs

If you are interested in a pathway to academia or becoming an industry expert in a business discipline you’ll need to undertake further study. Melbourne Business School offers Doctoral Programs (2-year Master of Commerce + 3-year PhD) in Accounting, Economics, Finance and Decision, Risk and Financial Services and a 3-year Doctoral Program in Actuarial Studies. Doctoral Programs for Management and Marketing are currently offered as a 2-year Master of Commerce + 3-year thesis package.


If you wish to continue professional studies at graduate level, this major leads to a range of graduate degree pathways:

Graduate Degree Packages

If you’re a high achieving applicant and are confident in your study plan, you can secure a pathway straight from Secondary School into a range of undergraduate + Graduate Degree Packages by applying via VTAC:

  • Bachelor of Commerce / Master of Engineering or Bachelor of Commerce / Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Arts / Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Arts / Master of Urban Planning or Bachelor of Arts / Master of Teaching (either Early Childhood or Primary or Secondary)

These packages are available to both domestic and international students who complete an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, as well as Australian citizens who complete an Australian Year 12 or the IB outside Australia for entry in 2019 or later. If you don’t receive the required ATAR for a Graduate Degree Package, as a University of Melbourne student, you’ll still be able to access a huge number of graduate study pathway options.


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