Undergraduate

Financial Economics

Learn how money, banking and financial markets operate at the local and global level.

Careers and further study

This course opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Career Pathways

This Extended Major is designed for students who seek to become professional economists and pursue careers as economic consultants, economic and financial analysts, and specialist economists in government, business, banking and other financial institutions. UWA Economics graduates have built careers in the Australian and State Treasuries, the Australian Reserve Bank, as well as in economic consultancies, major companies, banks and large financial institutions. 
This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

Financial Economics graduates may choose to pursue the following further study opportunities. 

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry requirements page.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

This course has higher ELC requirements. Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 6.5 and no band less than 6.0. For more information visit ELC requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

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Course details

Combine an economic understanding of money and banking, with a practical knowledge of how financial markets operate, at both a local and global level. You'll develop your quantitative data analytic skills with the software and technology available in our world-class Rosemarie Nathanson Financial Markets Trading Room and engage in an internship with a private or public organisation. 

About the course

The Financial Economics Extended Major is unique to WA and sits within our Bachelor of Economics degree. You’ll learn core microeconomic and macroeconomic principles, as well as develop an understanding of the important role that money and banking play in an economy. This major covers  economics, banking in theory and practice, international finance, and how money, banking and financial markets operate.

Throughout the major, you'll gain quantitative data analytic skills using our world-class Trading Room. Through developing skills using software and technology found in large modern financial institutions, you'll be highly valued by employers upon graduation. You'll also have the opportunity to undertake an internship with a private or public organisation, or through an industry-based project unit. 

Financial Economics

Quick details

Status
  • Available in 2024
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-FINEC
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BEc);4 years (BPhil [Hons])
Financial Economics
Status
  • Available in 2024
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-FINEC
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BEc);4 years (BPhil [Hons])
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Economics
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Why study this course?

  1. You’ll develop knowledge in a unique combination of economics and finance that focuses specifically on how money, banking and financial markets operate.  
  2. You’ll be taught by global leaders in their field who will provide you with the latest research and knowledge.  
  3. Your learning will be supported by world-class facilities such as our Trading Room, which has the latest software and technology used by all modern financial institutions. 

You'll learn to

  • demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of banking, financial and economic theories and applications. 
  • apply qualitative and quantitative economic techniques to evaluate key information on money, banking and financial issues to inform effective decision-making. 
  • communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately to a variety of stakeholders across a range of banking, financial and economic contexts. 
  • demonstrate an awareness of, and sensitivity to a variety of social and economic perspectives.  
  • apply your theoretical learning to industry-related projects, either through an internship with an organisation, or through an industry-based project in your final year of study. 
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Your degree options

This major is only available within the Bachelor of Economics or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degrees. This major is an extended major which means you undertake more units in this area.