Economics Specialisation - Bachelor of Business (Honours)

With the Economics specialisation in the Bachelor of Business (Honours) you'll explore advanced level topics in economics and research an area of your interest.

In the Bachelor of Business (Honours), you'll work collaboratively with your peers and with academic staff who have been involved in applied research projects for government agencies around the world and international agencies like the IMF. The AUT School of Economics conducts research in a range of areas, including the effects of international trading arrangements, optimal regulation of labour and other markets, and the use of big data in social programmes.

Class sizes are small and each student has an individual academic supervisor. Many of our postgraduate students also work part-time as tutors or research assistants in the School of Economics. As part of your studies you learn how to use sophisticated statistical software to analyse business, financial or social data – skills that are highly valued by many employers.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Business (Honours).

Start date: 2019

Start date: 2020

To graduate with a Bachelor of Business (Honours), you must complete 120 points from:

  • Specialisation papers
  • Research methods paper(s)
  • A dissertation

This structure ensures that you can critically analyse and evaluate the research and professional literature, and begin your advanced studies in business with an appreciation of the current issues and controversies in the field. You also design and complete a piece of supervised research in a business discipline.

Specialisation papers

These advanced-level papers provide you with comprehensive coverage in the latest research and theories in your specialisation, and help you prepare for your independent research thesis or dissertation.

Economics papers

Introduction to Research Methods

The research methods papers explore philosophical issues underpinning the design of research and the research process. They include training in research methods to prepare students to conduct methodologically rigorous research.

Research methods papers vary by specialisation.

Research (Honours) dissertation

This piece of supervised research contributes to the body of knowledge in your chosen business and economics discipline. You should consult your academic supervisor about your dissertation topic and proposed research.

The class of honours awarded in the programme depends on your grade performance.

Contact us to find out more

Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Postgraduate Research Office

Level 8, WF Building
Phone: +64  921 9906
Email: business.postgraduate@aut.ac.nz

School of Economics Postgraduate Coordinator

Associate Professor Matthew Ryan
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 5812
Email: mryan@aut.ac.nz

Key features
  • Learn from globally renowned academic staff in a world-leading economics school
  • Research strengths include labour and human resource economics, development economics, institutional economics, geographical economics and policy evaluation
  • Close links with the Centre for Social Data Analytics

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