Business Postgraduate Study

The AUT Business School is known in New Zealand and internationally for the high quality of its graduates, the impact of its research and its effective engagement with business and the broader community. We attract students from New Zealand and overseas who are seeking a relevant, rigorous and engaged business education that prepares them well for business practice.


Economics provides a systematic way of looking at the problem-solving and optimising behaviour of decision-makers. It is one of the core disciplines in any contemporary university. Members of the economics department at AUT have PhDs from universities around the world. They cover a wide range of fields within the discipline, including micro and macroeconomics, econometrics, industrial organisation, international trade and finance, natural resource and environmental economics, labour economics, economic development and public policy. We are proud of our established record and ongoing commitment to excellent research, high-quality teaching and supervision, and community and professional engagement.


Our teaching is informed by our wide-ranging research activities. The Economics Department at AUT has received a 100% research-active rating in the latest research quality assessment (PBRF 2006) among New Zealand’s universities. Members of the department sit on editorial boards and serve as referees for professional journals. They work as consultants and provide expert advice in both the private and public sectors. This wealth of academic and real-world experience provides an ideal background for the supervision of student research.

Staff have published their research findings in many-highly ranked professional journals including Labour Economics, Review of Income and Wealth and World Economy.  They have also been involved in a wide array of applied research projects for local and national governmental bodies and international agencies.

Examples of student research include:

  • A critical evaluation of policies and programmes that mitigate the effects of free trade on unemployment
  • Using predictive risk modelling to identify students at risk of poor university outcomes
  • How can the BRICS development bank help the developing world?  An empirical examination of international capital flows
  • The impact of trade liberalisation on economic structure and performance: Case of the OECD
  • Culture, participative decision-making and job Satisfaction

Postgraduate papers include:

These papers are offered in the following postgraduate qualifications:


The Business School has a large number of professorial staff, including leading scholars who are recognised internationally and nationally. Our academic staff are enthusiastic researchers and teachers with backgrounds in academia and professional practice and our courses have an emphasis on ‘real’ research that is relevant to the business community.

Further information and a full listing of business economics research staff at the AUT Business School

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Last updated: 28-Jan-2016 10.23am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.