Economics explored

An online resource for high-school students interested in economics

Economics is our future

Could it be yours?

What does a career in economics actually look like? Whether you’re interested in government, private enterprise or social sciences, the world of economics is as vast as it is inspiring. Dive into the resources below to see just where your career might lead.

The million-dollar question - is economics all about money? The answer is a loud and resounding, ‘no’. At its core, economics is about people. It gives us the toolbox we need to make the best possible decisions whenever we’re faced with a choice. Money is just one of the powerful tools in that toolbox.  That explains why we see economics everywhere.

Jennifer Min, economics student

Explore economic careers

So, you’re curious about a career in economics, but you’re not sure what jobs you can do with an economics degree. Let’s explore all the potential pathways and opportunities you can enjoy in this field.

Studying economics: a quick Q&A

What is an economist? Do you have to be good at math? What kind of challenges can you tackle with an economics degree?

Join students Kate and Lachlan as they answer some of your most pressing questions about studying economics.

Could economics be your passion?

Bust myths about economics and see if it might match your passion and future career.

But seriously, what is economics !? (PDF, 12.2 MB)

3 degree options

1. Bachelor of Economics

The Bachelor of Economics is available as a dual degree with other disciplines such as arts and science.

Dr Frederique Bracoud explains "the science of choice", the insights you will gain from studying Economics at UQ and why our program is unique.

What's it like to study economics at UQ?

Dr Frederique Bracoud

What happened when I stopped thinking about my dream job
Mikhara Ramsing shares her story of how she became a social entrepreneur in the youth and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) LGBT+ mental health space.

Catherine discusses her time at UQ studying economics


Tips and tricks for future economics students
Catherine and Mitchell discuss their first weeks at university, what studying is like compared to high school, and the best places to grab a meal on campus.

Kate Green, Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Arts student at UQ

Why study economics? 3 ways you can make a difference
Kate Green writes that during her study of a Bachelor of Economics at UQ, she has realised how much economists have changed our lives for the better. 

group of first year student at orientation seminar


Top tips for your first semester at UQ
Soon-to-be economics graduate Li Xuan Tan has some tips to get you settled into life at university. 

Economics questions and insights

Economics is for solving big, and little, problems. It's the real world application of economic ideas to solve local and global issues. Hear from UQ researchers and lecturers as they take on the challenges of aged care, universal income and professional sport in a post COVID-19 economy.


2. Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours)

The Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) (BAFE) is an advanced and accelerated program with selective entry, small cohorts and heavy engagement with industry. Hear stories from our latest high fliers and emerging leaders in the fields of finance and economics.

Why Study BAFE?

Professor Stephen Gray discusses the highly regarded Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) and how the program is structured to best prepare our students for some of the top jobs in investment banking, funds management, stockbroking, policy analysis, economic consulting and more.

PPE Graduate Greer Clarke in the UQ's Great Court


Making the most of learning
2019 UQ Graduate of the Year, Josephine Auer, discusses her experience studying a Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) and chasing her passions.

BAFE graduate Kate Mann in the UQ's Great Court


The UQ graduate forging a successful career in finance
Kate Mann is one of the first BAFE graduates. Through the opportunities that arose and the and connections she's made, Kate's gained the confidence to move forward in her career during a period of widespread uncertainty.

PPE Graduate Greer Clarke in the UQ's Great Court


Scholarships for women studying advanced finance and economics
The new Macoun Family Scholarship in Finance aims to encourage and assist female students who live outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area to study an accelerated finance and economics program.

A trio of student in the Colin Clark courtyard studying


Study business and economics at UQ
Delany Lang-Lemckert explains why she chose to study business and economics at The University of Queensland and what she hopes to achieve.

3. Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours)

What can you expect from a program that combines three different yet complementary disciplines? Economics lecturer Dr Haishan Yuan and Bachelor of Politics, Philosopy and Economics (Honours) (PPE) student Oliver Friendship introduce you to this challenging program for highly motivated students who want to create change in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

What is a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics?

Dr Haishan Yuan provides an overview of what you can expect from this multi-disciplinary program for high achievers.

PPE Graduate Greer Clarke in the UQ's Great Court


Queensland’s first PPE graduates prepare to take on the world
A multidisciplinary degree like PPE prepares students to take on some of our biggest challenges. See where our 2020 cohort are headed.

Students at the PPE booth at BELFest


How to get the most out of studying PPE
Current student, Oliver Friendship, explains a few of the perks of studying PPE and some useful tips on how to make the most of your university experience.

Scholarships at UQ

Scholarships aren't just for ultra high-achievers, we have scholarships to help with financial need and to encourage diversity by supporting Indigenous students, women, people from rural areas and more. 

We have one of the most generous offerings in the state, with scholarships that can help with financial support, tuition, accommodation, mentoring and networking opportunities. Read our scholarships explained guide to learn about the different types of scholarships and how to find and apply for them. 

We have hundreds of scholarships for students finishing high school or taking a gap year. You might be surprised by just how many you're eligible for. 

Many scholarships begin taking applications from September all the way through to the end of January, and some remain open until March. It is a good idea to explore which scholarships you could be eligible for, gather any documents you may need, and then apply once you have received an offer from the university.

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Take a virtual tour of the St Lucia campus economics building.

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